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    Tuesday, May 28, 2024

    NCAA women’s basketball tourney roundup

    St. John's forward Danielle Patterson, right, and North Carolina guard Destiny Adams (20) look to an official for a call as the ball goes out of bounds in the second half of a second-round college basketball game in the women's NCAA Tournament in Columbus, Ohio, Saturday, March 18, 2023. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
    Miami's Haley Cavinder (14) is defended by Oklahoma State's Terryn Milton (21) during the first half of a first-round college basketball game in the women's NCAA Tournament Saturday, March 18, 2023, in Bloomington, Ind. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
    Saint Louis forward Brooke Flowers (42) works for a shot as Tennessee forward Karoline Striplin (11) defends in the first half of a first-round college basketball game in the NCAA Tournament, Saturday, March 18, 2023, in Knoxville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)

    Miami 62, Oklahoma State 61

    Haley Cavinder scored 12 of her 16 points in the second half and made what proved to be the decisive free throw with 8.9 seconds left to pull off a 17-point second half rally Saturday that gave ninth-seeded Miami a victory over eighth-seeded Oklahoma State.

    The comeback was tied for the fifth-largest comeback in tourney history. But it wasn't over until Naomie Alnatas' 10-footer rolled off the rim at the buzzer following a 5-second call on the Hurricanes.

    Miami (20-12) will play top-seeded Indiana on its home court Monday night with a ticket to the Sweet 16 at stake.

    Cavinder also had eight rebounds and six assists while Jasmyn Roberts added 12 points and Destiny Harden had 11 points and five rebounds.

    Anna Gret Asi led Oklahoma State with 16 points and four 3-pointers including one with 5.3 seconds to go that gave the Cowgirls a shot to win it. Alnatas had 10 points and Taylen Collins had 16 rebounds for Oklahoma State (21-12).

    Indiana 77, Tennessee Tech 47

    Sydney Parrish scored 19 points and had eight rebounds to lead Indiana past Tennessee Tech.

    All-American center Mackenzie Holmes cheered on her Indiana teammates from the bench while resting a sore knee. Grace Berger had 17 points, seven rebounds, four assists and three blocks and Lilly Meister added seven points and three blocks in her first career start.

    Indiana (28-3) faces ninth-seeded Miami. Maaliya Owens had 17 points and nine rebounds to lead Tennessee Tech (23-10), which had won its previous eight games.

    Florida Gulf Coast 74, Washington St. 63

    Maddie Antenucci's 3-pointer bounced four times before going through the net as part of her game-changing spree from beyond the arc that sent Florida Gulf Coast into the second round with a win over Washington State.

    Sha Carter scored 24 points and Tishara Moorehouse had 16 for the Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament champion Golden Eagles (33-3).

    The Eagles sent the Shania Twain karaoke club out of Washington State (23-11) home early after a surprising run to win the Pac-12 Tournament. Tara Wallack led the Cougars with 16 points.

    Tennessee 95, Saint Louis 50

    Jordan Horston scored 21 points and Rickea Jackson added 18 as Tennessee Lady remained perfect when opening the NCAA Tournament on their home court, routing Saint Louis.

    Jordan Walker added 11 points and Tess Darby had 10 for the Lady Vols (24-11). They will try to advance to a second straight Sweet 16 in the Seattle 3 region.

    The first NCAA Tournament appearance ended quickly for Saint Louis (17-18). The Billikens snapped the six-game winning streak that helped them win the Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament after starting the season 6-16.

    Brooke Flowers led Saint Louis with 17 points, and Kyla McMakin, who followed coach Rebecca Tillett from Longwood as a transfer, added 11. Camree Clegg added 12 off the bench.

    Ohio State 80, James Madison 66

    Cotie McMahon scored 18 points to help Ohio State pull away for a win over James Madison.

    McMahon made her team's first 3-pointer with 5:18 left in the third quarter to give Ohio State (26-7) a 44-43 lead, and the Buckeyes didn't give up the advantage from there on out. They trailed by as many as 16 in the first half before going on a 12-0 run.

    Jacy Sheldon scored three of her 17 points during an 8-0 run at the start of the fourth quarter. Taylor Thierry shot 7 of 8 and fouled out with 15 points. Taylor Mikesell added 14 points.

    James Madison (26-8) led 26-14 and was making 50% of its shots at the end of the first quarter. The Dukes shot 37.9% in the second half and turned it over 21 times, their most in 10 games.

    Kiki Jefferson led the Dukes with 17 points and Jamia Hazell added 10.

    Villanova 76, Cleveland St. 59

    Maddy Siegrist became the fifth women's player in NCAA history to score 1,000 points in a season and the first-team AP All-American had 35 points to lead Villanova into the second round with a win over Cleveland State.

    The Wildcats (29-6) will play No. 12-seed Florida Gulf Coast (33-3) on Monday for the right to advance to the Sweet 16.

    Villanova's 29 wins this season tie the 1981-82 team for most in program history.

    The two-time Big East Player of the Year, Siegrist got hot early and reached her milestone 1,000th-point bucket in style. Siegrist followed her shot after she missed a jumper from the elbow, crashed the boards and stripped the ball from a Cleveland State defender that had grabbed the rebound. She tossed up a fadeaway and banked in the bucket.

    Destiny Leo scored 25 points for the Horizon League Tournament champion Vikings.

    Toledo 80, Iowa State 73

    Quinesha Lockett scored 24 points and grabbed 13 rebounds as Toledo knocked off Iowa State.

    Toledo became the second 12 seed to win Saturday, joining Florida Gulf Coast not long after its win over Washington State. Toledo now will play No. 4 seed Tennessee, a 95-50 winner over 13th-seeded Saint Louis, on Monday night for a spot in the Sweet 16 in the Seattle 3 region.

    The Rockets (29-4) matched the program record for most wins for a second straight season by winning a record 17th straight game, topping the 16-game streak of 2000-01. They also posted their first NCAA win since 1996 in their ninth tournament appearance overall and first since 2017.

    Iowa State (22-10) came in as the Big 12 Tournament champ for the first time since 2001 after stringing together upsets of a trio of NCAA Tournament teams in Baylor, Oklahoma and Texas. The Cyclones also had the Big 12 Player of the Year in Ashley Joens looking for a second straight Sweet 16 berth.

    Joens led Iowa State with 23 points and 13 rebounds.

    North Carolina 61, St. John’s 59

    Deja Kelly had a go-ahead three-point play with 2 seconds left and North Carolina hung on for a win over St. John's.

    The Tar Heels faced their first deficit of the game when Danielle Patterson sank a 3-pointer with 6:39 left to play.

    The Red Storm led for the next four-plus minutes until Paulina Paris was fouled in transition and made the ensuing free throw to tie the game at 54.

    The score tied twice in the final minute as Mimi Reid made a layup with 6 seconds left to knot the game at 58.

    Kelly drove the left lane and made the free throw to complete the game-winning score. Patterson then was fouled after a timeout shooting a 3-pointer with just over a second left that gave the Red Storm one last chance.

    She missed the first two free throws and then inexplicably made third one ending any chance the Red Storm had to tie the game.

    Colorado 82, Middle Tennessee 60

    Frida Formann scored 21 points and Colorado unleashed a torrid 3-point shooting display to roll past Middle Tennessee.

    Jaylyn Sherrod added 13 points and Aaronette Vonleh had 11 points for the Buffaloes, who made 13 shots from beyond the 3-point arc. Seven Colorado players made at least one 3, led by Formann's 5-for-8 effort.

    Colorado (24-8) will be in the second round for the first time since 2013.

    Anastasiia Boldyreva's 16 points, Savannah Wheeler's 15 points and Kseniya Malashka's 13 points led Middle Tennessee (28-5), which had won 10 in a row.

    The Buffaloes were making 3s pretty much from the opening tip – and they kept shooting them. After hitting seven from long range in the first half, they nailed four more in the first 4½ minutes of the third quarter. Three of those came in a 54-second span, creating a 56-36 lead.

    The Buffalos drained five 3s in the first seven minutes to open a 17-6 lead, two each by Formann and Tayanna Jones.

    Most of the 3s came from in front of the Colorado bench, giving veteran coach Rick Insell an unfortunate up-close view of the Buffaloes' accuracy. Jones, playing in her home state, had two 3-pointers in the first quarter after connecting on just nine shots from beyond the arc all season.

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