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Iowa State women fall in first game of NCAA Tournament

21 March, 2017, 14:18 | Author: Alberta Rodriguez
  • Peterson started a transformation in Syracuse. Mandatory Credit Steven Branscombe-USA TODAY Sports

Sykes finished with 28 points and Alexis Peterson added 25 for the Orange (22-10), who will face top-seeded UConn on Monday in a rematch of last year's national championship game.

Seanna Johnson led the way with 21 points, 11 rebounds and six assists for Iowa State (18-13). Three of those were 3s from Nurse, but it didn't seem anything out of the ordinary flow of UConn's game.

Congrats to Coach Hillsman and the team on a job well done this year. As a point of reference, only seven coaches who lead their teams into the second round in this year's tournament have at least 26 total NCAA tournament victories.

"It was a double-whammy for Syracuse", Geno Auriemma said. They will play on Saturday with the time to be announced.

Syracuse's offense revolves around the three-point shot.

Cooper had 15 points and Sykes added 11 in the first quarter as the Orange jumped out to a 33-8 lead. Next, they head to Bridgeport where they will face the victor of No. 4 UCLA and No. 5 Texas A&M. Diamond DeShields had 15. Gabby Williams and Katie Lou Samuelson added 23 points each as the Huskies advanced to the regionals for the 24th straight year which is three shy of the tournament record set by Tennessee from 1982-2008. Polacek ends his column speculating about the future: "With no formidable opponent left on the conference schedule, and victories over numerous top-ranked teams already recorded, an inquiring mind wants to wonder whether the Huskies might in a couple of years be on the doorstep of 200". Plum now has 1,080 points this season. The Orange, on the other hand, simply couldn't hit enough shots to keep up.

Stanford 69, Kansas State 48: Brittany McPhee had 21 points as Stanford routed No. 7 seed Kansas State to advance to its 10th straight Sweet 16.

The Cardinal (30-5) had no problem dealing with the Wildcats (23-11) or their home crowd, which spent much of the game sitting in silence.

The Cardinal beat the Longhorns 71-59 when they met in early November. The 116 points tied the school mark for most points in an NCAA Tournament game.

The UConn players watched as top seeds Notre Dame and SC barely staved off upset bids in their second-round games.

Durr averaged 22.9 points per game in her Junior season but made only 1-of-12 from 3-point range on Saturday, and finished with 5 points on 2-of-13 shooting from the field. UConn switched things around, camping Nurse out on the 3-point line.

The second period was more of the same. Manz knocked the ball away from Miami's Jessica Thomas on a drive on the ensuing Hurricanes' possession, and the Bobcats - probably best known in Division I as a hockey school - would soon be celebrating the biggest win in the history of their program.

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