WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: NCAA tournament roundup
Brigham Young 80, Nebraska 76: Jennifer Hamson posted 15 points, 14 rebounds and four blocks en route to her 22nd double-double of the season as the Cougars upset the Cornhuskers in the second round of the NCAA tournament in Los Angeles.
Morgan Bailey scored 18 points to pace Brigham Young (28-6), which became only the third No. 12 seed to advance to the Sweet 16 in tournament history. The Cougars, who also got 15 points from Lexi Eaton and 11 from Xojian Harry, moved on to their first regional semifinal since 2002 and will face either Connecticut or Saint Joseph's in Lincoln, Neb.
Tear'a Laudermill finished with 22 points and Jordan Hooper added 20 to lead fourth-seeded Nebraska (26-6), which saw all five starters score in double figures only to fall short in its bid to host the rest of the regional. Emily Cady recorded 13 points and 10 rebounds, Hailie Sample contributed 11 points and 10 boards and Rachel Theriot chipped in with 11 points to round out the Cornhuskers' effort.
BYU raced out to a 17-point advantage on two occasions late in the first half before Nebraska hit five of its final six shots to trim the deficit to 41-30 at intermission. The Cornhuskers continued their push after the break behind 19 combined points from Hooper and Cady to rally within 51-50 with just over 11 minutes remaining and appeared to be on the verge of taking the lead after Hamson was charged with her fourth foul moments later.
Harry responded with three 3-pointers in less than two minutes as the Cougars pushed their lead back out to 69-57 with 6:22 left before Hooper knocked down a triple and Laudermill scored 10 straight points - including a 3-pointer with 43 seconds remaining - to trim Nebraska's deficit to 75-72. Hamson answered with a three-point play on the other end and the West Coast Conference Player of the Year hit two free throws in the final seconds to seal it.
Notre Dame 84, Arizona State 67: Natalie Achonwa recorded 25 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Fighting Irish past the Sun Devils in a NCAA tournament second-round game at Toledo, Ohio.
Achonwa went 8-of-10 from the field in surpassing 1,500 career points for No.1 seed Notre Dame (34-0), which will host either Purdue or Oklahoma State in the Sweet 16 on Saturday. Kayla McBride contributed 22 points, nine assists and five rebounds while Jewell Loyd added 19 points and seven boards for the Fighting Irish, who posted their 15th consecutive victory by double figures.
Deja Mann put up 16 points as No.9 seed Arizona State (23-10) fell to 0-17 against Notre Dame, which is in search of its fourth straight berth in the Final Four. Adrianne Thomas added 14 points while making all eight of her free throws and Sophie Brunner put up seven points and 10 rebounds.
DePaul 74, Duke 65: Megan Rogowski drained six 3-pointers and scored 22 points as the Blue Demons put on a long-distance shooting display to upset the Blue Devils in the second round of the NCAA tournament in Durham, N.C.
Megan Podkowa knocked down all four of her attempts from beyond the arc and finished with 18 points for seventh-seeded DePaul (29-6), which went 14-of-33 from the 3-point line to set a school record for the most such makes in the NCAA tournament. Brittany Hrynko added 14 points and Jasmine Penny had 11 as the Blue Demons, who have won nine straight and 18 of their last 19 games, will face either Texas A&M or James Madison in Lincoln, Neb. on Saturday.
Elizabeth Williams led the way with 12 points and 10 rebounds for second-seeded Duke (28-7), which went only 2-of-6 from long range and could not overcome 21 turnovers. Haley Peters, Ka'lia Johnson and Tricia Liston all tallied 11 points to round the Blue Devils who finished in double figures.
Stanford 63, Florida State 44: Chiney Ogwumike scored a game-high 21 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead the Cardinal to the second-round NCAA tournament victory in Ames, Iowa.
Freshman guard Lili Thompson scored 14 points, Bonnie Samuelson added 11 points - including three 3-pointers - and Mikaela Ruef finished with eight points, seven rebounds and five assists for Stanford (31-3). The Cardinal, seeded No. 2 in the Stanford regional, will host the winner of Tuesday night's second-round game between No. 3 seed Penn State and 11th-seeded Florida on Sunday in their 21st Sweet 16 appearance since 1982.
Natasha Howard scored nine points and grabbed seven rebounds and Brittany Brown added seven points and seven rebounds for 10th-seeded Florida State (21-12). The Seminoles connected on five of their first six shots from the floor but made just 2-of-26 during a stretch after that while falling behind by as many as 22 points early in the second half.
Kentucky 64, Syracuse 59: Bria Goss sank 11-of-12 free throws en route to 17 points as the Wildcats knocked off the Orange in the second round of the NCAA tournament in Lexington, Ky.
DeNesha Stallworth scored 10 of her 13 points in the first half for third-seeded Kentucky (26-8), which will meet either Baylor or California in the semifinals of the Notre Dame regional next week in South Bend, Ind. Kastine Evans chipped in 11 points for the Wildcats, who advanced to the Sweet 16 for the fourth time in six years.
Brianna Butler led No. 6 seed Syracuse (23-10) - which was coming off its first-ever tournament win - with 15 points, but she was 5-of-19 from the floor and committed six of her team's 23 turnovers. Briana Day came off the bench to collect 13 points and seven rebounds and Alexis Peterson added 12 points for the Orange, who shot 33.3 percent.
Tennessee 67, St. John's 51: Cierra Burdick notched her sixth double-double of the season, scoring 21 points and grabbing 11 rebounds, to lead the Lady Volunteers past the Red Storm in a second round NCAA tournament tilt in Knoxville, Tn.
Meighan Simmons finished with 17 points, reaching double digits for the 30th time this season for Tennessee (29-5), which will advance to the Sweet 16 to take on either Texas or Maryland in Louisville, Ky. on Sunday. Isabelle Harrison added 10 points and 11 rebounds for the Lady Volunteers, who won their ninth straight game.
Aliyyah Handford registered 23 points to lead the way for St. John's (23-11), which shot just 35.2 percent from the field and committed 18 turnovers. Jade Walker pitched in with eight points off the bench and Danaejah Grant pitched in with seven points, five rebounds and five assists for the Red Storm, who fell to 1-5 all-time in the NCAA tournament's second round.
Baylor 75, California 56: Odyssey Sims scored 17 of her 27 points in the second half to go along with eight rebounds and six assists and as the host Lady Bears rolled past the visiting Golden Bears in the second round of the NCAA tournament.
Nina Davis added 13 points and six rebounds while Khadijiah Cave scored 10 points off the bench for No. 2 seed Baylor (31-4), which will meet third-seeded Kentucky in the semifinals of the Notre Dame regional next week in South Bend, Ind. The Lady Bears advanced to the Sweet 16 for the sixth consecutive season after outscoring the Golden Bears 41-23 in the second half.
Afure Jemerigbe led No. 7 seed California (22-10) with 17 points on 8-of-16 shooting while Brittany Boyd had 15 points and seven assists. Gennifer Brandon set a school NCAA tournament single-game record with 15 rebounds along with nine points for the Golden Bears, who committed 18 turnovers and were denied a second straight trip to the Sweet 16.
Oklahoma State 73, Purdue 66: Brittney Martin collected 20 points and a career-high 20 rebounds as the Cowgirls knocked off the host Boilermakers in the second round of the NCAA tournament.
LaShawn Jones added 16 points and 12 boards for No. 5 seed Oklahoma State (25-8), which will take on No. 1 seed and undefeated Notre Dame on its home court in the regional semifinal. Roshunda Johnson scored 16 points off the bench and Liz Donohoe scored 12 for the Cowgirls.
Whitney Bays recorded 21 points and 13 rebounds off the bench to pace fourth-seeded Purdue (22-9). Courtney Moses scored 11 points for the Boilermakers, who shot 37.7 percent from the floor.