Connecticut women reach regional semis for 20th straight year
Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis scored 22 points and top-seeded Connecticut advanced to the regional semifinals of the women’s NCAA tournament for the 20th consecutive season with a 77-44 win over Vanderbilt last night.
Freshman Breanna Stewart added 14 points and Stefanie Dolson had 12 points and nine rebounds for the Huskies (31-4), who are seeking their sixth straight Final Four and eighth national championship.
Tiffany Clarke scored 16 for No. 8 seed Vandy (21-12), which lost three of its last six games.
The Huskies led by 13 at halftime and opened the second half on a 17-0 run to put the game out of reach. UConn held Vanderbilt without a field goal for more than 7 minutes after intermission, and the Commodores missed 11 consecutive shots.
UConn will play Maryland in the round of 16 of the Bridgeport Regional on Saturday.
MARYLAND 74, MICHIGAN STATE 49
Alyssa Thomas scored 28 points and Maryland defeated Michigan State to advance to the round of 16 in the NCAA women’s tournament for a second straight year.
The fourth-seeded Terrapins (26-7) will face top seed Connecticut in the semifinals. Maryland reached the round of eight a year ago.
Thomas, a two-time Atlantic Coast Conference player of the year, had 18 at halftime to provide the Terrapins with an 11-point cushion. Her layup with 15 minutes left gave her 25 points and put Maryland up 46-30.
Annalise Pickrel and Becca Mills each scored 12 for No. 5 seed Michigan State (25-9).
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TENNESSEE 68, CREIGHTON 52
Kamiko Williams scored 15 points and Tennessee pulled away in the second half to beat Creighton and advance to the regional semifinals.
The second-seeded Lady Vols (26-7), who improved to 52-0 in NCAA tournament games on their home floor, will play Oklahoma on Sunday.
Tennessee is the only program to play in all 32 women’s NCAA tournaments. The lone time the Lady Vols lost in the first or second round came with an opening-round loss to Bowling Green in 2009.
Alexis Akin-Otiko scored 12 points for No. 10 seed Creighton (25-8), which was denied its first appearance in a regional semifinal.
OKLAHOMA 85, UCLA 72
Aaryn Ellenberg scored 27 points and Joanna McFarland handled things inside with 20 points and 16 rebounds to lead Oklahoma past UCLA, earning a trip back to the Sooners’ home state for the regional semifinals.
Sixth-seeded Oklahoma (24-10) will face No. 2 seed Tennessee (26-7) in Oklahoma City on Sunday.
Sharane Campbell added 19 points and Nicole Griffin had 10 for the Sooners, who never trailed after a 15-3 first-half spurt.
Atonye Nyingifa had 18 points, Markel Walker 14, Jasmine Dixon 13 and Alyssia Brewer and Thea Lemberger 10 apiece for third-seeded UCLA (26-8), which fell to 11-12 in NCAA tournament play.