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Women's NCAA Tournament: It's not easy, but Texas returns to Sweet 16

Published March 20, 2017 7:26 am

Women's basketball • Third-seeded Texas edges NC State 84-80 in the Lexington Region.
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Austin, Texas • Brooke McCarty scored 23 points and No. 3-seed Texas got a put-back basket from Joyner Holmes with 4 seconds left to the send the Longhorns to the Sweet 16 for the third year in a row with an 84-80 win Sunday over No. 6 North Carolina State in the Lexington Region.

Lashann Higgs had given Texas a two-point lead when she made one free throw with 8 seconds left but missed the second. Holmes grabbed the rebound, missed her first shot, grabbed the rebound then made the second to seal the win. Holmes finished with 16 points and nine rebounds.

Texas (25-8) had to overcome a 31-point scoring effort by Wolfpack senior guard Miah Spencer, who fouled out with 1:03 to play.

Dominique Wilson added 27 points for the Wolfpack (23-9) but a go-ahead basket with 8 seconds left was waived off with an offensive foul.

In other Lexington Region games:

Ohio State 82, Kentucky 68 • In Lexington, Ky., Tori McCoy scored six straight points midway through the fourth quarter to help Ohio State (28-6) withstand Kentucky's furious rally from a 19-point second-half deficit.

The fourth-seeded Wildcats (22-11) trailed 50-31 early in third but closed to 65-64 with 6:04 remaining.

Notre Dame 88, Purdue 82, OT • In South Bend, Ind., Marina Mabrey scored 21 points, Arike Ogunbowale added 18 and the No. 1 seeded Irish (32-3) survived playing the second half without leading scorer Brianna Turner (knee) to beat the ninth-seeded Boilermakers (23-13).

Bridgeport Region

Maryland 83, West Virginia 56 • In College Park, Md., Destiny Slocum nailed a 70-foot shot to cap a pivotal second quarter for Maryland, and the Terrapins went on to defeat West Virginia.

Brionna Jones had 22 points and 11 rebounds, Slocum scored 21 and Shatori Walker-Kimbrough added 19 for third-seeded Maryland (32-3), which will next face the winner of Monday's game between No. 2 seed Duke and Oregon.

Teana Muldrow led West Virginia (24-11) with 16 points.

Oklahoma City Region

Mississippi State 92, DePaul 71 • In Starkville, Miss., Blair Schaefer scored 18 points, Jazzmun Holmes added 14 and the second-seeded Bulldogs (31-4) beat the Blue Demons (27-8).

Stockton Region

Florida State 77, Missouri 55 • In Tallahassee, Fla., Shakayla Thomas scored 20 points and the third-seeded Seminoles (27-6) advanced to the Sweet 16 for the third straight season with the victory over the sixth-seeded Tigers (22-11).

South Carolina 71, Arizona State 68 • In Columbia, S.C., A'ja Wilson scored 21 points, including the put-back that gave the No. 1 seed Gamecocks (29-4) the lead for good and the free throws that sealed the win. Sophie Bruner missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer that would have tied it for the Sun Devils (20-13).

Oregon State 64, Creighton 52 • In Corvallis, Ore., Sydney Wiese scored 13 points and the second-seeded Beavers (31-4) moved on with a victory over the seventh-seeded Bluejays (24-8). —

Scores and schedule


First Round

Friday at College Park, Md.

Maryland 103, Bucknell 61

West Virginia 75, Elon 62

Saturday at Storrs, Conn.

UConn 116, Albany (NY) 55

Syracuse 85, Iowa State 65

Saturday at Los Angeles

UCLA 83, Boise State 56

Texas A&M 63, Penn 61

Saturday at Durham, N.C.

Oregon 71, Temple 70

Duke 94, Hampton 31

Second Round

Sunday at College Park, Md.

Maryland 83, West Virginia 56

Monday at Storrs, Conn.

UConn (33-0) vs. Syracuse (22-10), 4:35 p.m. Monday at Durham, N.C.

Oregon (21-13) vs. Duke (28-5), 4:40 p.m.

Monday at Los Angeles

UCLA (24-8) vs. Texas A&M (22-11), 8 p.m.


First Round

Friday at Starkville, Miss.

DePaul 88, Northern Iowa 67

Mississippi State 110, Troy 69

Saturday at Waco, Texas

Baylor 119, Texas Southern 30

California 55, LSU 52

Saturday at Louisville, Ky.

Louisville 82, Chattanooga 62

Tennessee 66, Dayton 57

Saturday at Seattle

Oklahoma 75, Gonzaga 62

Washington 91, Montana State 63

Second Round

Sunday at Starkville, Miss.

Mississippi State 92, DePaul 71 Monday at Louisville, Ky.

Louisville (28-7) vs. Tennessee (20-11), 4:45 p.m.

Monday at Seattle

Oklahoma (23-9) vs. Washington (28-5), 7:05 p.m. Monday at Waco, Texas

Baylor (31-3) vs. California (20-13), 7:10 p.m


First Round

Friday at South Bend, Ind.

Purdue 74, Green Bay 62

Notre Dame 79, Robert Morris 49

Friday at Lexington, Ky.

Kentucky 73, Belmont 70

Ohio State 70, Western Kentucky 63

Friday at Austin, Texas

NC State 62, Auburn 48

Texas 78, Central Arkansas 50

Saturday at Manhattan, Kan.

Stanford 72, New Mexico State 64

Kansas State 67, Drake 54

Second Round

Sunday at South Bend, Ind.

Notre Dame 88, Purdue 82, OT

Sunday at Lexington, Ky.

Ohio State 82, Kentucky 68

Sunday at Austin, Texas

Texas 84, N.C. State 80

Monday at Manhattan, Kan.

Stanford (29-5) vs. Kansas State (23-10), 4:35 p.m.


First Round

Friday at Columbia, S.C.

South Carolina 90, UNC-Asheville 40

Arizona State 73, Michigan State 61

Friday at Tallahassee, Fla.

Missouri 66, South Florida 64

Florida State 87, Western Illinois 66

Friday at Corvallis, Ore.

Oregon State 56, Long Beach State 55

Creighton 76, Toledo 49

Saturday at Coral Gables, Fla.

Quinnipiac 68, Marquette 65

Miami 62, Florida Gulf Coast 60

Second Round

Sunday at Columbia, S.C.

South Carolina 71, Arizona State 68

Sunday at Tallahassee, Fla.

Florida State 77, Missouri 55

Sunday at Corvallis, Ore.

Oregon State 64, Creighton 52

Monday at Coral Gables, Fla.

Quinnipiac (28-6) vs. Miami (24-8), 7:10 p.m.






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