The Sweet 16 field is now complete. On Monday, we saw plenty of exciting games, but no lower seeded team came away with a victory tonight. To the quick recaps!
#2 Florida State 65, #7 FGCU 47
Leticia Romero scored 11 points, grabbed 7 rebounds, and dished 6 assists, while Adut Bulgak scored 9 point and grabbed 13 rebounds to catapult the Seminoles to a Sweet 16 berth over the Eagles, who were outrebounded 46 to 23. There is a silver lining to the loss for FGCU however. They return four of their five starters for next year. So does FSU for that matter.
#4 North Carolina 86, #5 Ohio State 84
The Tar Heels made the Sweet 16 where they were leading the Buckeyes in blowout fashion at halftime, 50 to 32. However, Ameryst Alston scored 30 points, and Kelsey Mitchell added 25 more, and in short, Ohio State made this a game and tied it 84-all. But Tar Heel reserve guard Jamie Cherry scored the game-winning shot with 0.6 seconds left to ensure the W.
Though Cherry will be known for finishing the job, Stephanie Mavunga had the best all around performance with 27 points, 14 rebounds, 2 assists, and 4 blocks for UNC, while Allisha Gray added 20 more points.
#3 Arizona State 57, #11 Arkansas-Little Rock 54
Oh man, I wanted the Trojans to win this game on the Sun Devils' home court. But unfortunately, it wasn't meant to be.
The biggest heartbreaker was that UALR was leading 50 to 44 with under three minutes left in the game, but Arizona State went on a 13 to 4 run the rest of the way to steal an opportunity for a Cinderella team. Sophie Brunner and Promise Amukamara scored 17 points each to lead ASU, while Kaitlyn Pratt led the way for the Trojans.
#1 Maryland 85, #8 Princeton 70
The Terps ended Princeton's undefeated year with a big second half run where they made a 19-0 run early in the second half. Guards Laurin Mincy and Lexie Brown scored a combined 50 points and a combined 11 three pointers to seal Maryland's 26th straight win, and a trip to the Sweet 16.
#2 Tennessee 77, #10 Pittsburgh 67
The Panthers made a late rally to turn around a 14 point deficit into a 69-65 game with under a minute go, but ultimately, it was not enough for Pitt to steal a win off the Lady Vols' home court. Bashaara Graves had a double double for the Lady Vols with 21 points and 14 rebounds.
#4 Stanford 86, #5 Oklahoma 76
The Cardinal made their eighth straight Sweet 16 as Amber Orrange scored 24 points, while Bonnie Samuelson and Lili Thompson added 19 each to turn around a 36-32 halftime deficit into a comfortable win. Kaylon Williams led the Sooners with 22 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.
#1 UConn 91, #8 Rutgers 55
UConn swingman Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis may have an injured Achilles, but she scored 23 points, including 5 three point shots, and dished 4 assists in the win. In addition, Morgan Tuck scored 16 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists, while Gabby Williams scored 11 points and 10 rebounds off the bench.
For Rutgers, Kahleah Copper and Betnijah Laney scored 11 points each in the loss.
#3 Louisville 60, #6 South Florida 52
The Cardinals defeated the Bulls on their home court by forcing them to commit 16 turnovers and by winning the rebounding battle, 45-32. Jude Schimmel led Louisville with a strong all-around game by scoring 13 points, grabbing 6 rebounds, and dishing 5 assists. Courtney Williams led the Bulls with 25 points and 7 rebounds.