Lady Vols win easily

Photo by Scott Chancey

Photo by Scott Chancey

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Alicia Manning scored a career-high 17 points and had 10 rebounds to help No. 1-seeded Tennessee beat eighth-seeded Dayton 92-64 in the second round of the NCAA women's tournament on Monday night.

Tennessee (32-2) will make its 28th appearance in the regional semifinals, this time playing 350 miles from home in Memphis.

The Lady Vols have been absent from the round of 16 only once in the tournament's 29-year history. They lost to 71-55 to Ball State in the opening round last season.

Dayton (25-8) was tasked with playing it's second all-time NCAA tournament game in front of about 10,000 orange-clad fans on the court named for Tennessee coach Pat Summitt.

A three-point play by Shekinna Stricklen launched a 17-2 scoring run for Tennessee. The Lady Vols had their way under their own basket, hitting wide-open shots from the perimeter and slashing the lane to take easy layups.

Justine Raterman led the Flyers with 17 points.

No. 2 DUKE 60, No. 7 LSU 52: Jasmine Thomas scored 15 points to help Duke pull away late and beat LSU.

Bridgette Mitchell scored 12 points for the Blue Devils (29-5), who went ahead to stay on Thomas' layup with 31/2 minutes left. The typically sure-handed Tigers (21-10) matched a season high with 22 turnovers and had one field goal in the final 4 minutes.

Allison Hightower had 19 points and LaSondra Barrett added 12 for LSU (21-10). Katherine Graham hit two free throws with 3:49 left to give the Tigers their last lead at 47-46.

Thomas drove the lane for a left-handed layup, and Keturah Jackson added a stickback to start the 10-2 run that put the Blue Devils on their way to their 12th regional semifinal berth in 13 years.

No. 4 BAYLOR 49, No. 5 GEORGETOWN 33: Brittney Griner blocked an NCAA tournament record 14 shots in a horrid offensive game for both teams, leading Baylor to a victory over Georgetown.

Griner broke the mark Pauline Jordan of UNLV set against Colorado in 1989 to help Baylor (25-9) advanced to play top-seeded Tennessee (32-2) in Saturday's Memphis Regional semifinal. The Volunteers beat Dayton 92-64 earlier Monday.

Georgetown (26-7) missed its first 14 shots and had no answer offensively when Griner was in the game or when she was out with foul trouble. The Hoyas shot 17 percent and made fewer shots than Griner blocked, finishing 12 for 70 and matching the fifth fewest points ever scored in the tournament.

Baylor wasn't much better offensively, shooting 38 percent, making only six baskets in the second half and committing 21 turnovers.


LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Victoria Dunlap scored 21 points to lead fourth-seeded Kentucky into the regional semifinals for the first time in 28 years with a victory over Michigan State.

The Wildcats (27-7) moved on behind a dominant second half and a suffocating defense that held the Spartans (23-10) to 35 percent shooting while forcing 18 turnovers.

Kentucky used a 24-6 run midway burst shortly after halftime to turn a two-point game into a rout.

Kalisha Keane led Michigan State with 10 points, but the NCAA-tested Spartans wilted in the second half against the smaller, quicker Wildcats.

Dunlap, the Southeastern Conference Player of the Year led the way, dominating 6-foot-9 Michigan State center Allyssa DeHaan by using ball fakes to slip past her for easy layups.


No. 1 STANFORD 96, No. 8 IOWA 67: Rosalyn Gold-Onwude hit a career-high seven 3-pointers on the way to a career-best 26 points and Stanford shot a sizzling 68.8 percent in the first half to roll past Iowa.

Gold-Onwude knew this game was going to be about the guards and 3-point shooting -- and boy did she come to play. The Cardinal made their first nine shots from long range before JJ Hones' miss with 3:21 left before halftime.

Nnemkadi Ogwumike added 23 points, nine rebounds and seven assists in Stanford's 24th straight victory since its lone loss at undefeated defending champion Connecticut back on Dec. 23.

Kachine Alexander scored a career-high 27 points on 11-for-16 shooting to lead Iowa (20-14).

No. 7 GONZAGA 72, No. 2 TEXAS A&M 71: Vivian Frieson scored 23 points, including the game-winning 12-footer with 17 seconds left, to lead Gonzaga to an upset win over Texas A&M.

The Aggies went ahead on Tanisha Smith's baseline drive with 37 seconds left while being fouled. But Smith fell hard on her hip and missed the ensuing free throw.

With West Coast Conference MVP Courtney Vandersloot having fouled out, the Bulldogs (29-4) went to Frieson, their senior leader. She drove left of the lane and pulled up for her eighth basket of the game.

Texas A&M had one last chance, but the Bulldogs defense harassed Danielle Adams into a forced jumper from 18 feet as time ticked away. The shot was short and the Bulldogs were on their way to the regional semifinals for the first time in school history.