Maryland bounces Princeton, Lady Vols advance, more women's tourney
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) Laurin Mincy scored 27 points, and top-seeded Maryland used a second-half blitz to knock off previously unbeaten Princeton 85-70 Monday night and advance to the Sweet 16 of the women's NCAA Tournament.
After leading by only 42-38 at the break, the Terrapins used a 17-2 run immediately after halftime to turn a surprisingly tight game into a rout.
The Terrapins (32-2) will bring a 26-game winning streak into a matchup with Duke on Saturday in Spokane, Washington. Maryland and Duke were longtime rivals in the Atlantic Coast Conference before the Terps moved to the Big Ten this season.
Lexie Brown scored 23 for the Terrapins, who will be making their fourth consecutive trip to the Sweet 16. Maryland reached the Final Four last year.
Eighth-seeded Princeton (31-1) was coming off the program's first-ever win in the NCAA Tournament, on Saturday against Wisconsin-Green Bay. The Ivy League champions hoped to make a statement against one of the nation's elite teams, and for a half, the Tigers hung right in there with the Big Ten titlists.
Blake Dietrick led Princeton with 26 points and Vanessa Smith added 15.
Graves helps Lady Vols hold off Pittsburgh
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Bashaara Graves scored 21 points and had 14 rebounds as Tennessee withstood a late rally to defeat Pittsburgh 77-67 in an NCAA Tournament second-round game Monday night.
The second-seeded Lady Vols (29-5) improved to 56-0 in NCAA Tournament home games and advanced to a Spokane Region semifinal Saturday against No. 11 seed Gonzaga (26-7).
Tennessee is the only program to appear in all 34 NCAA Tournaments and has reached the regional semifinals every year but 2009, when it lost to Ball State in the opening round.
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) Amber Orrange scored 24 points and Lili Thompson added 19 as Stanford's backcourt mates took the game over in the second half Monday to lead the fourth-seeded Cardinal to an 86-76 victory over fifth-seeded Oklahoma in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Bonnie Samuelson scored 19 points and Briana Roberson provided a spark with 13 points and tough defense to help Stanford (26-9) protect its home court and advance to the Sweet 16 for the eighth consecutive season. The Cardinal will play top-seeded Notre Dame (33-2) in the third round on Friday in Oklahoma City.
Kaylon Williams scored 24 points and Gioya Carter added 20 for the Sooners (21-12), who struggled to generate any consistent offense one game after scoring a season-high 111 points in a first-round win over Quinnipiac.
After having their 14-year streak of regular season Pac-12 titles snapped in what was expected to be a rebuilding year following the graduation of Chiney Ogwumike, the Cardinal have stepped their game up at tournament time. They won the Pac-12 tournament title earlier this month before getting the two wins to open the NCAA Tournament.
Oklahoma, the most inexperienced team in the tournament, played like it against the Cardinal after seemingly not missing any shots in the first round. The Sooners made just 4 of 25 shots in a span of more than 16 minutes starting late in the first half and missed their chance to win and go home to the regional in Oklahoma City.
UNC women reach Sweet 16 by beating Ohio State
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) Jamie Cherry has been at her best lately with the clock winding down.
She beat another buzzer - and sent North Carolina back to the Sweet 16.
Cherry's jumper with 0.6 seconds left sent the Tar Heels past Ohio State 86-84 on Monday night in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
''Taking the big shot, it's a big shot and everybody dreams of hitting the shot,'' Cherry said. ''I just wanted us to move on to the Sweet 16, especially for our seniors. ... I didn't want it to end here for them.''
Stephanie Mavunga had a career-high 27 points and 14 rebounds, Allisha Gray added 20 points and Brittany Rountree had 15 for the fourth-seeded Tar Heels (26-8).
It was the second clutch shot this month for the freshman, who hit a 40-footer at the regulation buzzer to force overtime in an eventual loss to Louisville on March 6 in an Atlantic Coast Conference quarterfinal.
Florida State advances to Sweet 16 after win over FGCU
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) Shakayla Thomas scored 12 points and Leticia Romero added 11 to help No. 2 Florida State end seventh-seeded Florida Gulf Coast's 26-game winning streak with a 65-47 victory Monday night and advance to the Sweet 16.
Taylor Gradinjan's 12 points led Florida Gulf Coast, which shot just 31 percent overall and 25 percent from 3-point range. The 47 points was the fewest scored by the 20th-ranked Eagles this season.
Whitney Knight, FGCU's leading scorer and Atlantic Sun Player of the Year, missed nine of her 12 shots. She finished with nine points.
Florida State (31-4) led 36-28 lead at half.
The Seminoles jumped off to a 17-2 lead, hitting their first three 3-point attempts that included a pair by Brittany Brown.
Florida Gulf Coast (31-3) managed to pull within 26-20 midway through the first half, but never got closer.