Victaria Saxton scored eight of her 12 points in a key third-quarter surge Sunday, lifting Hemisfair Region No. 1 seed South Carolina to a 76-65 victory over No. 5 seed Georgia Tech in the Sweet 16 of the Women's NCAA Basketball Tournament in San Antonio.
The win vaults the Gamecocks (25-4) into the Elite Eight.
After trailing briefly, South Carolina took the lead for good early in the first quarter and led by as many as six points later in the period and then by as many as 10 in second quarter.
Making just its second appearance in a Sweet 16, Georgia Tech (17-9) hung within 39-35 at the half before losing touch in the third period.
Georgia Tech closed to within 69-63 on a Kierra Fletcher 3-pointer with 4:04 to play. But Destanni Henderson answered with a layup and South Carolina kept the Yellow Jackets at bay the rest of the way
Zia Cooke finished with a team-high 17 points for South Carolina, which has won six straight since a loss to Texas A&M in the regular-season finale.
Lotta-Maj Lahtinen had a game-high 20 points and a team-high five assists for Georgia Tech.
Stanford 89, Missouri State 62
Hannah Jump came off the bench to score 17 points Sunday as top-seeded Stanford routed fifth-seeded Missouri State 89-62 on Sunday in the Alamo Region semifinals of the NCAA Women's Tournament in San Antonio.
Kiana Williams added 16 points and combined with Jump for nine of the Cardinal's 15 3-pointers, giving them 43 in three NCAA tourney games. Emma Wilson chipped in 13 points and Haley Jones contributed 11.
Elle Ruffridge scored a game-high 18 points on 7-of-9 shooting and Abigayle Jackson added 11 for the Bears (23-3), which were hoping to make their first Elite Eight appearance in 20 years. Leading scorers Brice Calip and Jasmine Franklin combined to hit just 4 of 20 field-goal attempts. Missouri State sank only 31.3 percent of its field goal tries.
The Cardinal wasted little time identifying itself as the superior team. After the Bears' Abby Hipp initiated scoring at the 8:21 mark, Stanford promptly ripped off a 15-1 run for a 15-3 lead after a Jones foul shot with 3:53 left in the first quarter.
The margin grew to 49-26 at halftime and 71-37 after three quarters. The Cardinal led by as many as 38 points in the fourth quarter.
Louisville 60, Oregon 42
Dana Evans matched her career-high with 29 points as second-seeded Louisville never trailed in defeating No. 6-seed Oregon 60-42 Sunday in the Women's NCAA Tournament Round of 16 in San Antonio, Texas.
The Cardinals will play top overall seed Stanford on Tuesday for the Alamo Regional title and a berth in the Final Four.
Kianna Smith scored 11 points for the Cardinals (26-3), who advanced to the Elite Eight for the third straight time. Hailey Van Lith added eight points and seven rebounds.
Erin Boley had 14 points and a game-high 11 rebounds for Oregon (15-9), Nyara Sabally added 14 points and Sedona Prince scored 10.
Sabally, the Ducks' leading scorer during the regular season, was 6-for-8 from the field but left after suffering a left leg injury in the final minute of the third quarter and didn't return. She had to be helped off the court and sat on the bench with ice packs on her leg during the remainder of the game.
Texas 64, Maryland 61
Kyra Lambert's layup off a steal by Lauren Ebo with 44 seconds to play gave Texas the lead for good as the sixth-seeded Longhorns came from behind to beat second-seeded Maryland 64-61 on Sunday in the NCAA Women's Tournament Hemisfair Region semifinal game in San Antonio.
Texas (21-9) advances to play No. 1-seeded South Carolina on Tuesday in the regional final. It's the Longhorns' first appearance in the Elite Eight since 2016.
The game was tied at 59 before the steal and layup. Lambert then hit a free throw with 23 seconds left, and Celeste Taylor made one of two from the line to expand Texas' advantage to 63-59, and the Longhorns held on.
Charli Collier led the Longhorns with 16 points and 11 rebounds, with Taylor adding 15 points and 11 boards, Joanne Allen-Taylor scoring 14 points and Lambert hitting for 10.
Diamond Miller led all scorers with 21 points, with Chloe Bibby scoring 14 and Ashley Owusu adding 10 for Maryland (26-3). The 61 points were a season low for the Terrapins.