Here is the latest Illinois sports news from The Associated Press

Here is the latest Illinois sports news from The Associated Press

DETROIT (AP) — Blake Griffin scored 17 of his 28 points in the third quarter as the Detroit Pistons routed the Chicago Bulls 131-108 for their fifth straight win. Detroit has won 12 of 14 to take a half-game lead over Brooklyn for the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference. The Pistons and Nets play Monday night in Brooklyn. Reggie Jackson scored 21 points for Detroit and Andre Drummond added 16 points and 15 rebounds. The Bulls have lost four of five, including twice to Detroit in three days.

UNDATED (AP) — Serena Williams and Meghan Duggan are applauding players from the U.S. women’s national soccer team who filed a gender discrimination lawsuit. The suit highlights the struggle for female athletes globally to achieve fair compensation for their efforts. Williams is praising the players who came before her to fight for equal prize money in tennis. Duggan led a similar fight for the women’s national hockey team. She is lauding the soccer players’ “boldness and leadership.”

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Bradley rallied from an 18-point deficit in the second half and earned its first NCAA Tournament berth since 2006, beating Northern Iowa 57-54 in the Missouri Valley Conference championship game. Elijah Childs scored 16 points for fifth-seeded Bradley. The Braves trailed 35-17 with 17 minutes left. They advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the ninth time overall _ in their last appearance, as a 13th seed, they beat Kansas and Pittsburgh before losing to Memphis.

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Senior Josh Reaves scored a career-high 26 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead Penn State over Illinois 72-56. Reaves made 10 of 17 field goals including a career-best 6 of 10 from 3-point range to lead the Nittany Lions in a game they led for all but 3:23 of the second half.

CHICAGO (AP) — Natisha Hiedeman, the Big East Player of the Year, scored 20 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, and No. 17 Marquette opened the conference tournament with an 88-57 over ninth-seeded Saint John’s. Allazia Blockton added 17 points, Amani Wilborn 13 and Lauren Van Kleuen 11 for the top-seeded Golden Eagles (25-6), who play the winner of the Villanova-Georgetown game in the semifinals on Monday.