Louisville women oust Kansas State in second round
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — On its 12th try, Louisville finally made it out of the second round of the NCAA tournament.
Angel McCoughtry scored 24 and the Cardinals (26-9) beat Kansas State 80-63 on Tuesday to advance to the regional semifinals.
Candyce Bingham added 12 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists for the Cardinals, who have won 13 of their last 15 games. Louisville will play either Georgia or North Carolina in New Orleans. Chauntise Wright added 13 points.
Ashley Sweat had 16 points and reserve Kelsey Nelson added 12 to lead Kansas State (22-10).
The Big 12 regular-season champions were playing their second game without star Kimberly Dietz, who hurt her knee in the Wildcats’ loss to Iowa State in the Big 12 tournament.
Oklahoma City Regional
Tennessee 78, Purdue 52
In West Lafayette, Ind., Pat Summitt celebrated her 100th NCAA tournament win in typical fashion: a second-round blowout.
Two days after Summitt publicly challenged her team to play harder, the Lady Vols responded with a dominant defensive effort, crisp offense and a rout of host Purdue. The win not only sent top-seeded Tennessee to its annual regional semifinal appearance, but also made Summitt the first coach in Division I basketball history — men’s or women’s — to record 100 wins in the tournament.
Tennessee (32-2) will face either Oklahoma or Notre Dame on Sunday in the Oklahoma City regional semifinals.
Duke 67, Arizona St 59
In College Park, Md., with only minimal help from her teammates, Chante Black ensured Duke another trip to the round of 16 in the NCAA Tournament.
Black scored a career-high 26 points and had 13 rebounds, and the third-seeded Blue Devils never trailed in a victory over Arizona State.
Black, a 6-foot-5 junior, was 9-for-20 from the field and 8 for 10 at the line. She also had three blocks, two assists and two steals. Jasmine Thomas, with 11 points, was the only other Duke player to reach double figures.
The Blue Devils (25-9) will next face No. 2 seed Texas A&M on Sunday in the semifinal round of the Oklahoma City Regional.
Notre Dame 79, Oklahoma 75, OT
In West Lafayette, Ind., Charel Allen scored a career-high 35 points and made all the big plays to rally Notre Dame from a late-seven point deficit, as the fifth-seeded Irish beat fourth-seeded Oklahoma in overtime.
Old Dominion 88, Virginia 85, OT
In Norfolk, Va., the littlest player made the biggest shot for Old Dominion. Then one of the tallest made sure it would be enough to win a thrilling game.
Jazzmin Walters made a 3-pointer with 4.8 seconds left in overtime, and Tiffany Green blocked an attempt at a tying 3-pointer just before the buzzer, giving the Lady Monarchs a victory over Virginia and a trip to the Greensboro Regional.
Old Dominion (31-4) fell behind 85-81 in overtime, but closed the game on a 7-0 run.
Connecticut 89, Texas 55
In Bridgeport, Conn., inside and out, Maya Moore was too much for Texas.
Connecticut’s fabulous freshman scored 24 points, and the Huskies shot a blistering 60 percent from the field to beat Texas in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The top-seeded Huskies advanced to the Greensboro Regional semifinals on Sunday against Old Dominion.
It’s the 15th straight season top-seeded UConn (34-1) has advanced to the regional semifinals. Renee Montgomery added 17 points and Tina Charles had 15 for the Huskies, who routed Cornell 89-47 in the opening round.
Maryland 76, Nebraska 64
In College Park, Md., Marissa Coleman and Kristi Toliver had 19 points apiece, Crystal Langhorne had 18 points and 12 rebounds, and the Maryland Terrapins held off Nebraska after blowing a 15-point lead.
Maryland (32-3) will next face fourth-seeded Vanderbilt (25-8) on Saturday in the semifinals of the Spokane Regional.