NCAA TOURNAMENT: UConn women roll over Vandy
Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis scored 22 points and top-seeded Connecticut advanced to the regional semifinals of the women’s NCAA tournament for the 20th consecutive season with a 77-44 win over Vanderbilt on Monday night.
Freshman Breanna Stewart added 14 points and Stefanie Dolson had 12 points and nine rebounds for the Huskies (31-4), who are seeking their sixth straight Final Four and eighth national championship appearance.
Tiffany Clarke scored 16 for No. 8-seed Vanderbilt (21-12), which lost three of its last six games.
The Huskies led by 13 at halftime and opened the second half on a 17-0 run to put the game out of reach. UConn held Vanderbilt without a field goal for more than 7 minutes after intermission, and the Commodores missed 11 consecutive shots.
UConn will play Maryland in the Bridgeport Regional semifinals Saturday.
MARYLAND 74, MICHIGAN ST. 49: Alyssa Thomas scored 28 points and Maryland defeated Michigan State to advance to the round of 16 in the NCAA women’s tournament for a second straight year.
The fourth-seeded Terrapins (26-7) will face top seed Connecticut in the regional semifinals. Maryland reached the round of eight a year ago.
Thomas, a two-time Atlantic Coast Conference player of the year, had 18 at halftime to provide the Terrapins with an 11-point cushion. Her layup with 15 minutes left gave her 25 points and put Maryland up 46-30.
Annalise Pickrel and Becca Mills each scored 12 for No. 5-seed Michigan State (25-9).
TENNESSEE 68, CREIGHTON 52: Kamiko Williams scored 15 points and Tennessee pulled away in the second half to beat Creighton and advance to the Oklahoma City regional semifinals.
The second-seeded Lady Vols (26-7), who improved to 52-0 in NCAA tournament games on their home floor, will play Oklahoma on Sunday.
Tennessee is the only program to play in all 32 women’s NCAA tournaments. The lone time the Lady Vols lost in the first or second round came with an opening-round loss to Bowling Green in 2009.
Alexis Akin-Otiko scored 12 points for No. 10 seed Creighton (25-8), which was denied its first appearance in a regional semifinal.
OKLAHOMA 85, UCLA 72: Aaryn Ellenberg scored 27 points and Joanna McFarland handled things inside with 20 points and 16 rebounds to lead Oklahoma past UCLA, earning a trip back to the Sooners’ home state for the round of 16.
Sixth-seeded Oklahoma (24-10) will face No. 2 seed Tennessee (26-7) in Oklahoma City on Sunday.
Sharane Campbell added 19 points and Nicole Griffin had 10 for the Sooners, who never trailed after a 15-3 first-half spurt.
Atonye Nyingifa had 18 points, Markel Walker 14, Jasmine Dixon 13 and Alyssia Brewer and Thea Lemberger 10 apiece for third-seeded UCLA (26-8), which fell to 11-12 in NCAA tournament play.
NEBRASKA 74, TEXAS A&M 63: Jordan Hooper scored 21 points and Lindsey Moore had 20 points and 10 assists as Nebraska beat Texas A&M to reach the Norfolk Regional semifinals.
The sixth-seeded Cornhuskers (25-8) used two big runs in the first half to build the lead and never trailed in the second half to earn their first trip to the round of 16 since 2010. Nebraska will face the winner of tonight’s game between second-seeded Duke and No. 7 Oklahoma State.
A 13-4 run pulled the Aggies within 64-57 with less than 3 minutes remaining, but Hailie Sample made a pair of layups before the Cornhuskers added six free throws to hold on.
Third-seeded Texas A&M (25-10) was led by Adrienne Pratcher’s 17 points.
KANSAS 75, SOUTH CAROLINA 69: Monica Engelman scored a career-high 27 points and Kansas became just the second No. 12 seed to advance to the round of 16 with an upset of fourth-seeded South Carolina.
Angel Goodrich added 20 points for the Jayhawks (20-13), who joined San Francisco in 1996 as the only No. 12 seeds to follow up a win in the opening round with another in the second.
The Jayhawks move on to face the winner of tonight’s game between top seed Notre Dame and ninth-seeded Iowa in the Norfolk Regional semifinals Sunday.
Ashley Bruner and Aleighsa Welch each scored 16 points for the Gamecocks.
GEORGIA 65, IOWA ST. 60: Shacobia Barbee scored 20 points, including a key 3-pointer with 2:03 left, and No. 4 seed Georgia held off Iowa State’s furious second-half rally to reach the round of 16 in the Spokane Regional.
A year after getting upset in the first round by Marist, Georgia is back in the regional semifinals for the 20th time. The Lady Bulldogs will face No. 1-seed Stanford or eighth-seeded Michigan on Saturday night.
Anne Marie Armstrong added 13 points for the Lady Bulldogs, who blew a 14-point lead with 9 minutes remaining then scored 13 of the final 17 points after the Cyclones took the lead.
Anna Prins led No. 5 seed Iowa State (24-9) with 23 points.
CALIFORNIA 82, SOUTH FLORIDA 78, OT: Layshia Clarendon scored 27 points to help California beat South Florida 82-78 to reach the Spokane Regional semifinals.
Reshanda Gray added 14 points for the second-seeded Golden Bears (30-2), will face the winner of Tonight’s game between Penn State and LSU in the regional semifinals.
The Bears were up 67-57 before the Bulls went on a 13-3 run that tied it at 70. California missed eight of 11 free throws down the stretch in regulation but went 8-for-10 at the line in overtime.
Andrea Smith scored 24 points and Inga Orekhova added 22 for No. 10 seed South Florida (22-11).