NCAA women's roundup: UConn rolls into Elite Eight
(TSX / STATS) -- Napheesa Collier scored 27 points and undefeated and top-seeded Connecticut gave its coach a milestone win with a comfortable 86-71 victory over No. 4 seed UCLA on Saturday in a Bridgeport Region semifinal at Bridgeport, Conn.
The Huskies (35-0), who won their 110th straight game, will face No. 10 seed Oregon on Monday, with the winner advancing to the Final Four.
It was Connecticut coach Geno Auriemma's 112th win in the NCAA Tournament, tying him with the late Pat Summitt of Tennessee for the most ever. Collier grabbed 14 rebounds and handed out five assists to go with her game-high 27 points and Gabby Williams added 17 points for the Huskies.
Jordin Canada finished with 20 points and Monique Billings and Kari Korver added 17 and 15 points, respectively, for UCLA (25-9), which reached the Sweet 16 for the second straight season.
No. 10 Oregon 77, No. 3 Maryland 63
Freshman Sabrina Ionescu scored 21 points and No. 10 seed Oregon upended third-seeded Maryland in the Sweet 16 at Bridgeport.
The Ducks (23-13) are headed to their first Elite Eight in program history and will play top-seeded and four-time national champion Connecticut on Monday. Oregon managed a second straight major upset after knocking off second-seeded Duke 74-65 in the previous round.
Ruthy Hebard had 16 points and Maite Cazorla added 15 for the Ducks. Oti Gildon had 11 points off the bench for Oregon, which is playing in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 12 years.
Brionna Jones, a 6-foot-3 senior center, had 16 points and 15 rebounds, finishing the season with 25 double-doubles for Maryland (32-3). Terrapins senior guard Shatori Walker-Kimbrough also scored 16 points.
No. 1 South Carolina 100, No. 12 Quinnipiac 58
Kaela Davis scored 28 points and A'ja Wilson added 24 as top-seeded South Carolina roared into the NCAA women's Elite Eight with a lopsided victory over No. 12 seed Quinnipiac at Stockton (Calif.) Arena.
Allisha Gray showed no effects from hurting a knee last week, collecting 19 points as South Carolina (30-4) ran its winning streak to eight. It will play No. 3 Florida State on Monday for a spot in the Final Four.
Jen Fay and Adily Martucci each scored 12 points as the Bobcats (29-7) saw a 12-game winning streak snapped.
South Carolina, a three-time SEC champion and Sweet 16 participant for the fourth consecutive year, shot 61 percent (36 of 59) from the field, hit 10 of 16 3-pointers and outrebounded Quinnipiac 35-18.
No. 3 Florida State 66, No. 2 Oregon State 53
Laticia Romero scored 18 points and No. 3 seed Florida State rallied from 10 points down in the first half to beat No. 2 Oregon State at Stockton, Calif.
The Seminoles (28-6), who have never reached the Final Four, are now one win away from getting to Dallas. Romero shot 8 of 12 from the floor while ACC Player of the Year Shakayla Thomas had 12 points and 11 rebounds for Florida State. Forward Ivey Slaughter added 11 points and eight boards.
The Seminoles are now set for an Elite 8 showdown Monday against No. 1 seed South Carolina, which demolished No. 12 Quinnipiac 100-58 earlier in the day in the other half of the Stockton Regional.
Oregon State (31-5) sees its season end in the Sweet 16 one year after making the Final Four, where it lost to eventual champion Connecticut. The Beavers only had one player score in double figures: forward Kolbie Orum with 12 points.
Updated March 25, 2017