Paige Bueckers scored 20 factors and Aaliyah Edwards of Kingston, Ont., added 19 to assist No. 1 seed UConn beat eighth-seeded Syracuse 83-47 on Tuesday evening and advance to the Candy 16 of the ladies’s NCAA Event.
As soon as once more the Huskies have been lacking coach Geno Auriemma, who’s recovering from COVID-19. Chris Dailey stuffed in for the Corridor of Fame coach, who celebrated his 67th birthday on Tuesday and will probably rejoin the crew this weekend for its subsequent sport.
The UConn gamers sang “Happy Birthday” to Auriemma earlier Tuesday in a video posted on Twitter. In addition they gave him a gift by once more displaying how nicely they may play with out him.
The Huskies (26-1) acquired off to a sluggish begin, a bit flummoxed by Syracuse’s zone defence.
With the sport tied 8-8, Christyn Williams banked in a deep 3-pointer because the shot clock expired after which Bueckers scored off a steal to offer the Huskies a five-point lead. They led 19-14 after one quarter and slowly pulled away from the Orange (15-9) to a 15-point halftime lead.
Bueckers, the freshman All-America guard, had 16 factors within the half.
Within the second half, the Huskies tore the zone aside with precision passing that led to simple layups. Whereas Bueckers wasn’t scoring as a lot within the second half, she was passing the ball. She had a nifty no-look move for a layup and foul, pumping her fist in celebration.
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The Huskies led 64-35 after three quarters and cruised into the Candy 16 for the twenty seventh straight yr.
Syracuse was led by its personal proficient freshman in 6-foot-7 centre Kamilla Cardoso. She had 12 factors and 7 rebounds.
The loss ended the stellar profession of Syracuse guard Tiana Mangakahia, who returned from breast most cancers this season. She completed because the Orange’s all-time help chief and among the best gamers in class historical past.
She completed the sport with seven factors.
Michigan girls attain Candy 16 for 1st time
Leigha Brown scored 23 factors and Naz Hillmon added 19 to steer No. 6 seed Michigan to its first Candy 16 look with a 70-55 win over third-seeded Tennessee on Tuesday within the girls’s NCAA Event.
The Wolverines had been 0-5 within the second spherical earlier than pulling off the victory over the Woman Vols. As the ultimate buzzer sounded, the Michigan gamers jumped into a gaggle hug at centre courtroom and sang “it’s great to be a Michigan Wolverine.”
Tennessee (17-8) trailed by 15 heading into the fourth quarter and was capable of reduce its deficit to 54-44 with below 5 minutes left earlier than a 3-pointer by Danielle Rauch and a steal and layup by Brown restored the 15-point cushion.
Hillmon, the Massive Ten Participant of the 12 months, additionally had 15 rebounds because the Wolverines greater than held their very own on the glass towards the Woman Vols, outrebounding them 42-40.
A visit to the regional semifinals was simply one other first for the Wolverines this yr. The crew began 10-0 for the primary time in class historical past. They have been additionally within the rankings all season for the first-time, in addition to having Hillmon be the primary participant to earn All-America honours as a second-teamer.
Tennessee, which has an extended storied NCAA custom with eight nationwide championships, fell to 28-3 within the second spherical.
Rennia Davis scored 12 factors to steer the Woman Vols, who have been taking part in Michigan for the primary time.
Jones, 3-pointers carry No. 1 Stanford over Oklahoma State
Haley Jones scored 17 factors and Stanford unleashed one other barrage of 3-pointers as the general No. 1 seed within the NCAA Event booked yet one more journey to the Candy 16 with a 73-62 win over No. 8 Oklahoma State on Tuesday evening.
The Cardinal made 13 3-pointers after making 15 of their first-round win. All of these towards Oklahoma State got here within the first three quarters as Stanford constructed the lead as excessive as 20.
Stanford made the Candy 16 for the twenty seventh time in pursuit of its first nationwide title since 1992. The Cardinal advance to play the winner of Wednesday’s matchup between No. 5 Missouri State and No. 13 Wright State within the Alamo Area.
The Cardinal (27-2) had 4 gamers rating in double figures and all 5 starters made a minimum of one 3-pointer because the Cowgirls struggled to cowl each shooter.
Caitlin Clark scores 35 for Iowa in win over Kentucky
Iowa freshman Caitlin Clark is stepping up on the massive stage of the ladies’s NCAA Event, and actually stood out in a small fitness center to ship the Hawkeyes to the Candy 16.
Clark completed with 35 factors on 13-of-21 capturing and 6 3-pointers after outscoring fourth-seeded Kentucky on her personal within the first half, and the Hawkeyes superior with an 86-72 victory Tuesday within the second-round sport performed within the cozy enviornment on the campus of Division II college St. Mary’s College.
The fifth-seeded Hawkeyes (20-9) had what coach Lisa Bluder referred to as an ideal begin, scoring the sport’s first 11 factors — with all 5 starters getting a basket, Clark’s being a 3-pointer.
They led all through to advance previous the second spherical for less than the third time of their 14 NCAA appearances throughout Bluder’s 21 seasons. They did go to the Elite Eight within the final tourney two years in the past earlier than shedding to eventual champion Baylor.
Two-time AP All-American guard Rhyne Howard completed with 28 factors to steer the fourth-seeded Wildcats (18-9). She was 1 of seven capturing within the first half, however completed 8 of 21 with 5 3-pointers, together with eight assists. Dre’Una Edwards added 16 factors and Jazmine Massengill 10.
A second-team AP All-American who entered the sport because the nationwide chief with 26.5 factors per sport, Clark additionally had seven rebounds and 6 assists. Her 35 factors and 6 3-pointers have been each NCAA match information for Iowa.
No. 1 seed South Carolina dismantles Oregon State
Aliyah Boston scored 19 factors and prime seed South Carolina dominated after a detailed first quarter to beat eighth-seeded Oregon State 59-42 within the girls’s NCAA Event, advancing to its seventh straight Candy 16.
The Gamecocks (24-4) led by a degree after one quarter however had constructed a 12-point lead by halftime and have been up 53-29 by the beginning of the fourth.
Laeticia Amihere of Mississauga, Ont., added six factors as South Carolina took benefit of six turnovers.
South Carolina, which gained a nationwide title in 2017, improved to 8-1 within the second spherical below coach Daybreak Staley and can seem within the regional semifinals for the eleventh time general.
Taylor Jones scored 13 factors for Oregon State (12-8), which ended a streak of 4 straight Candy 16 appearances. Jones fouled out with about three minutes remaining.
Baylor thumps Virginia Tech
Moon Ursin and DiJonai Carrington each had 21 factors as reigning girls’s nationwide champion Baylor superior to its Twelfth consecutive NCAA Candy 16, beating Virginia Tech.
Queen Egbo had 12 factors and 13 rebounds, together with seven blocked photographs for the Woman Bears (27-2). DiDi Richards had 9 assists.
All-America ahead NaLyssa Smith completed with 15 factors, all however two of these coming after halftime for Baylor.
Georgia Amoore had 18 factors with 4 3-pointers to steer Virginia Tech (15-10), which had opened its first NCAA Event since 2006 with a win over Marquette.
High-seeded NC State shrugs off South Florida
Jakia Brown-Turner scored 19 factors and top-seeded North Carolina State shrugged off a problem from No. 8 South Florida with a giant third quarter, advancing to the Candy 16 of the ladies’s NCAA Event with a 79-67 victory on Tuesday.
Jada Boyd added 18 factors and 10 rebounds for the Wolfpack (22-2), who reached their third straight regional semifinal and 14th general. They are going to face fourth-seeded Indiana or Twelfth-seeded Belmont.
USF (19-4) led by a degree early within the third quarter earlier than N.C. State used two large runs to tug away and take a 12-point lead into the fourth.
The Bulls pulled inside eight factors with 3 1/2 minutes to go. However the Wolfpack scored the subsequent 5 factors, capped by a 3 from Brown-Turner that made it 73-60 with 90 seconds to go.
Elena Tsineke had 22 factors to steer the Bulls, who have been within the match for the seventh time. They made six 3-pointers within the first half to spark hope of an upset, however hit simply three extra after halftime.
Georgia Tech rolls over West Virginia
Lotta-Maj Lahtinen scored 22 factors, Lorela Cubaj had 21 factors and 12 rebounds, and No. 5 seed Georgia Tech used a giant third quarter to beat No. 4 West Virginia 73-56 on Tuesday within the second spherical of the ladies’s NCAA Event.
The Yellow Jackets wanted a second-half rally within the opening spherical towards Stephen F. Austin — the fourth-largest comeback in match historical past — however had this sport nicely in management with a 17-point lead over the Mountaineers to begin the fourth. Their European inside-outside combo of Cubaj, from Italy, and Lahtinen, of Finland, led the way in which.
Lahtinen was 9 of 16 from the sector and struck for 17 factors within the first half to dig the Yellow Jackets out of an early gap.
Georgia Tech (17-8) superior to the Candy 16 for the second time in program historical past and first since 2012. The Yellow Jackets will meet Hemisfair Area No. 1 South Carolina.
Esmery Martinez scored 13 factors to steer West Virginia (22-7).