Women’s Sweet 16 roundup: Oregon stuns Maryland; UConn tops UCLA
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — Sabrina Ionescu led five Oregon players in double figures with 21 points, and the 10th-seeded Ducks continued their improbable run through the NCAA tournament with a 77–63 upset of third-seeded Maryland on Saturday.
Fellow freshman Ruthy Hebard added 16 points for the Ducks (23–13), who beat second-seeded Duke in the second round and advance to the first region final in program history.
Brionna Jones and Shatori Walker-Kimbrough each had 16 points for Maryland, which finishes the season 32–3.
The Maryland offense, which averaged more than 90 points to lead the nation, was held to its lowest point total of the season.
The Ducks became the second No. 10 seed to advance to a region final, joining the 1991 Lamar team.
Oregon led by 9 points at halftime and made seven consecutive shots late in the third quarter to extend that to 59-45.
UConn 86, UCLA 71: Napheesa Collier had 27 points and 14 rebounds to help the Huskies (35–0) beat the Bruins (25–9) to reach the Bridgeport Region final.
The victory was the 110th consecutive for the No. 1 Huskies, who will face 10th-seeded Oregon on Monday night.
Buoyed by the success of their Pac-12 partner, the fourth-seeded Bruins jumped out a 9–2 lead over UConn before the Huskies scored 17 of the next 19 points. The seven-point deficit matched the Huskies’ largest this season.
The victory tied Geno Auriemma with Pat Summitt for most NCAA tournament victories with 112.
Jordin Canada had 20 points and 11 assists for UCLA.
South Carolina 100, Quinnipiac 58: Kaela Davis, A’ja Wilson and the top-seeded Gamecocks (30–4) overpowered tournament surprise Quinnipiac from the opening tip, scoring the first 16 points and advancing to the Stockton Region final by beating the 12th-seeded Bobcats (29–7).
Davis scored 28 points with five 3-pointers, and Wilson added 24 points for South Carolina.
The Bobcats started 0 for 10 from the field and took more than seven minutes to score as they struggled to get off shots, let alone establish their prolific perimeter game.
Florida State 66, Oregon State 53: Ivey Slaughter had a career-high nine steals as the third-seeded Seminoles (28–6) ran into the Stockton Region final with a win over the second-seeded Beavers (31–5).
Slaughter added 11 points and eight rebounds for the Seminoles, who totaled 16 steals.
Sydney Wiese, the Beavers’ leading scorer, was held to 9 points. She was just 3 of 14 from the field.