N.C.A.A. Women’s Tournament: Texas A&M and South Carolina Hold On’ UConn Wins

N.C.A.A. Women’s Tournament: Texas A&M and South Carolina Hold On’ UConn Wins


Texas A&M Coach Gary Blair raved about Shambria Washington’s contributions in the days leading up to the team’s second-round N.C.A.A. tournament game, noting that it wasn’t easy for a guard to play in the shadow of the star Chennedy Carter.

On Sunday her importance to the team was on full display when Washington hit the go-ahead 3-pointer late to send the Aggies to their second straight round of 16 with a 78-76 win over Marquette.

Washington, who is in her first season at Texas A&M after beginning her career at a junior college, had 13 points and 6 assists to help the Aggies get past fifth-seeded Marquette.

Carter scored 30 points to help No. 4 Texas A&M (26-7) advance to meet the winner of Monday night’s game between Michigan State and Notre Dame.

“It doesn’t really bother me that I’m in the shadows,” Washington said. “I kind of like it.”

But before she could finish her thought, Carter broke in to laud her teammate.

“Sham is really the backbone of our team,” she said. “She’s the engine. She really gets us going.”

A jump shot by Allazia Blockton tied it with a minute left, and Amani Wilborn made 1 of 2 free throws with 36 seconds remaining, but a lane violation by A&M gave her one more shot. She made it to put Marquette up by 76-74.

Carter found Washington on A&M’s next possession, and she hit the 3-pointer to put the Aggies ahead, 77-76, with 23 seconds left.

Carter stole an inbounds pass from Danielle King after a timeout with five seconds left, and she was fouled by King.

The Golden Eagles had to foul two more times to get in the bonus, leaving just 0.9 of a second left when Carter made 1 of 2 free throws to secure the win.

Natisha Hiedeman had 18 points to lead Marquette (27-8), which was in the tournament for the third straight season.

Robbi Ryan’s free throws with five seconds left off a Miami turnover put Arizona State ahead to stay, and the fifth-seeded Sun Devils ousted the No. 4 Hurricanes, 57-55, in a second-round Portland Region game.

Arizona State (22-10) was down by as many as 8 in the second half, and survived a game in which it shot 35 percent. Jamie Ruden came off the bench to score a team-best 10 for the Sun Devils.

Laura Cornelius scored 15 for Miami (25-9), which was looking for its first round-of-16 berth since 1992. Mykea Gray added 13 for the Hurricanes, and Beatrice Mompremier grabbed 22 rebounds.

With 42 seconds left and South Carolina leading by 1, Coach Dawn Staley decided to put the game in the hands of the junior point guard Tyasha Harris.

Harris drove, kept the ball, and banked a one-handed layup off the glass and drew a foul. She completed the 3-point play, making it a two-possession game and helping fourth-seeded South Carolina hold on to beat No. 5 Florida State, 72-64, to advance to the round of 16 for the sixth straight season.

In the past, Staley said, Harris might have deferred in those situations with better players around her. But not this time.

“I was real thankful that she decided to shoot the ball, take it to the basket strong,” Staley said. “I was happy that she progressed in that moment to take that moment on.”

Mikiah Herbert Harrigan scored 20 points, Alexis Jennings 16, Te’a Cooper 13 and Harris 11 for South Carolina (23-9).

It’s the third time in the past five seasons the Gamecocks have eliminated the Seminoles from the N.C.A.A. tournament. They did it in the round of 8 in 2015 and 2017.

Nicki Ekhomu scored 19 points and Kiah Gillespie had 15 points and 18 rebounds for Florida State (24-9).

Teaira McCowan had 30 points, 11 rebounds and 6 blocks to help No. 1 Mississippi State to a win over ninth-seeded Clemson, 85-61.

Anriel Howard added 21 points for Mississippi State (32-2), which has won 10 straight games in a streak that’s lasted more than a month.

Edwards and Simone Westbrook both scored 14 points for Clemson (20-13).

Napheesa Collier scored 27 points and grabbed 16 rebounds as UConn resisted 10th-seeded Buffalo, 84-72, to move into the round of 16 for a 26th consecutive season.

Katie Lou Samuelson and Christyn Williams each added 17 points for the No. 2 Huskies (33-2).

Cierra Dillard, the second-leading scorer in Division I, had 29 points to lead Buffalo, which made a big run in the fourth quarter but could not overcome a 24-point second-half deficit. The Bulls, the Mid-American Conference champions, finished the season 24-10.

Sabrina Ionescu had 29 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds for her 18th career triple-double as second-seeded Oregon defeated No. 10 Indiana, 91-68.

Ionescu is the N.C.A.A.’s career triple-double leader among men and women; she’s had eight this season alone.

Satou Sabally added 19 points and 8 rebounds for the Ducks (31-4), who are headed to the round of 16 for the third straight season.

Ali Patberg had 16 points and Jaelynn Penn added 15 for the Hoosiers (21-13).

Megan Gustafson scored 24 points with 19 rebounds, Makenzie Meyer added 18 points, and second-seeded Iowa pounded Missouri, 68-52, to advance to its second round of 16 in five years.

Kathleen Doyle scored 15 points for the Hawkeyes (28-6), who held the Tigers to 36 percent shooting and executed a blistering 23-4 run in the second half.

Gustafson, a center, was brilliant in the first two rounds, combining for 54 points and 35 rebounds.

Amber Smith scored 21 points for Missouri (24-11). The Tigers bowed out in the second round for the third time in four years after scoring just 23 points in the second half.

Iowa held the Mizzou star Sophie Cunningham to just 8 points.

Asia Durr scored 24 points to lead Louisville past No. 8 Michigan, 71-50, in a second-round matchup.

The top-seeded Cardinals (31-3) started fast and stayed in gear on the way to earning their third consecutive round-of-16 berth.

Advancing meant getting a bigger, physical Michigan squad eager to follow up a 30-point first-round win with a huge upset. The Cardinals didn’t let it happen, pushing the ball offensively while pressing Michigan defensively. They quickly built a 19-4 lead that steadily increased.

Akienreh Johnson had 12 points and Kayla Robbins 10 for Michigan (22-12).



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