BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — Bria Hartley scored 13 of her 16 points in the first half and top-seeded Connecticut set a women’s NCAA tournament record for fewest points allowed in a 72-26 victory over Kansas State on Monday night.
Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis added 15 points and Kiah Stokes had a career-high 13 for the Huskies (31-4), who advanced to play Penn State or LSU in Kingston, R.I., on Sunday in the regional semifinals. It’s the 19th straight season that UConn has made it to the round of 16.
Eighth-seeded Kansas State (20-14) was trying to make it that far for the first time since 2002. The Wildcats were no match for the Huskies, unable to surpass the previous tournament low of 27 points scored by Southern against Duke in 2006.
Brittany Chambers had 11 points to lead the Wildcats, who went 11 minutes in the first half without a point.
No. 2 KENTUCKY 65, No. 7 GREEN BAY 62
AMES, Iowa (AP) — Keyla Snowden hit a jumper and two free throws in the final 18 seconds, and Kentucky held off Green Bay for a second-round victory.
Samarie Walker had 15 points and 13 rebounds, and Snowden added 13 points for the Wildcats (27-6), who will play Gonzaga in the regional semifinals in Kingston, R.I.
Kentucky opened the game with a 21-6 run, then rallied after Green Bay erased a 17-point deficit and took a 62-61 lead with 1:57 left. Snowden responded with a short jumper that rolled in after sitting on the rim, and Adrian Ritchie airballed a 3-pointer with a second left.
Julie Wojta and Sarah Eichler each scored 16 points for Green Bay (31-2), which forced 34 turnovers.
No. 11 GONZAGA 65, No. 3 MIAMI 54
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Kayla Standish scored 19 points and Gonzaga beat Miami to advance to the round of 16 for the second consecutive season.
Katelan Redmon added 16 points for Gonzaga (28-5), which was playing on its home floor in front of an overwhelmingly supportive sold-out crowd.
Shenise Johnson had 20 points and 13 rebounds for Miami (26-6), which was undone by poor shooting in the second half.
The game between two of the nation’s best offenses was expected to be high-scoring, but turned into a defensive battle. Miami pressed most of the game.
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DES MOINES REGIONAL
No. 2 TENNESSEE 63, No. 7 DEPAUL 48
ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) — Shekinna Stricklen scored 17 points and Glory Johnson grabbed a season-high 21 rebounds to lead coach Pat Summitt and Tennessee past DePaul in the second round.
Vicki Baugh scored 16 points and the Lady Volunteers (26-8) took another big step toward their 19th Final Four, grabbing a double-digit lead early in the second half and hanging on in a physical game in which players seemed to hit the floor about as often as they hit shots. Now, they’re headed to the round of 16, where they’ll meet third-seeded Delaware or 11th-seeded Kansas on Saturday.
Anna Martin scored 20 points for DePaul (23-11), but a difficult season came to an end. The Blue Demons were hit hard by injuries, losing star Keisha Hampton (knee), and were forced to go with a seven-player rotation.
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No. 2 MARYLAND 72, No. 7 LOUISVILLE 68
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Laurin Mincy scored 24 points, Tianna Hawkins had 15 points and 14 rebounds, and Maryland squeezed past Louisville to reach the round of 16.
The Terrapins trailed 64-59 with 6 minutes left before closing with a 13-4 run and limiting Louisville to only one field goal.
Next up, Maryland (30-4) will face defending national champion Texas A&M. The Terrapins charge into Sunday’s regional semifinal riding a nine-game winning streak.
Shoni Schimmel scored 22 points and Shawnta’ Dyer had 17 for the Cardinals (23-10). Louisville had a chance to tie in the closing seconds before Mincy blocked a shot by Becky Burke.
Burke, who came in averaging 11.7 points, finished with five.
No. 3 TEXAS A&M 61, No. 6 ARKANSAS 59
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Sydney Carter hit the go-ahead free throws with 23 seconds left, Adaora Elonu tied a career high with 23 points and Texas A&M fought off a scrappy Arkansas squad.
The Razorbacks (24-9) had another chance after Carter’s free throws, but Quistelle Williams missed a short jumper. Tyra White was fouled on the rebound and made one of two free throws for the final margin.
The victory put the Aggies (24-10) in the round of 16 for the fourth time in five years.
A jumper by Lyndsay Harris as the shot clock expired gave the Razorbacks their first lead of the second half, 59-58. Both teams missed layups on their next possession before Carter’s free throws.
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No. 1 STANFORD 72, No. 8 WEST VIRGINIA 55
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Freshman guard Amber Orrange scored a career-high 18 points and Stanford beat West Virginia in the second round.
Nnemkadi Ogwumike added 16 points and Chiney Ogwumike finished with 13 for the Cardinal (33-1), who easily stretched their school-record winning streak to 30 games. The sisters were hampered by foul trouble, but Orrange also helped out with seven rebounds and five assists.
Ayana Dunning led the Mountaineers (24-10) with 14 points and Asya Buassie had 11, but West Virginia shot just 31 percent.
The Cardinal were leading 16-12 when Nnemkadi Ogwumike’s two free throws sparked a 17-0 run. West Virginia went more than 6 minutes without scoring and trailed 33-14 when Dunning finally broke the drought with a 15-foot jumper.
Stanford remained in control for the rest of the game
No. 5 SOUTH CAROLINA 72, No. 4 PURDUE 61
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Markeshia Grant scored 21 points, Ieasia Walker added 17 and South Carolina beat Purdue.
The Gamecocks (25-9) will face top-seeded Stanford in the regional semifinals Saturday in Fresno, Calif.
Brittany Rayburn scored 13 in her final game at Purdue (25-9). She finished her career with 1,795 points, good for sixth in school history. KK Houser led the Boilermakers with 15 points.
But Rayburn and her teammates never quite figured out South Carolina’s defense, which forced 20 turnovers.
Purdue closed to 53-46 midway through the second half, but the Gamecocks thwarted the comeback with six straight points. Purdue never got closer than eight again.