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Photo by Scott Chancey

Photo by Scott Chancey

NORFOLK, Va.-- Maya Moore scored 19 points and No. 1 Connecticut outscored Temple by 43 points in a near-perfect first half Tuesday night and the Huskies beat the Owls 90-36 in the second round of the NCAA women's tournament.

The victory was the 74th in a row for the Huskies (35-0), the longest streak in NCAA Division I women's history, and probably one of the least enjoyable for coach Geno Auriemma since it came against a team coached by Tonya Cardoza, one of his assistants for 14 years.

But Cardoza and the eighth-seeded Owls (25-9) never had a chance.

Moore hit 3-pointers on the Huskies' first two possession, they ran off 20 points in a row in 6 minutes after Temple closed within 13-5 and finished the half on a 20-1 burst.

Qweida Wallace led the Owls with 12 points, but on 4 for 17 shooting.

No. 11 SAN DIEGO STATE 64, No. 3 WEST VIRGINIA 55: Jene Morris scored 27 points and Quenese Davis added 19, sending San Diego State to another big upset, this time a win over West Virginia.

Morris scored six points in a 8-0 Aztecs run late in the second half after West Virginia had rallied to tie it at 47.

The Aztecs (23-10) now go on to the regional semifinals for the first time in school history with a pair of surprising wins on their tournament resume. The Aztecs beat No. 6 Texas on the Longhorns' home court in the first round before taking down the Mountaineers, who finished second in the Big East and won a school record 29 games.

Liz Repella scored 17 points and Sarah Miles scored 15 for the Mountaineers, who rallied from 11 points down early in the second half, but couldn't contain the Aztecs speedy guards down the stretch.

No. 7 MISSISSIPPI STATE 87, No. 2 OHIO STATE 67: Alexis Rack drove through and around Ohio State's slow-to-react defense for 30 points and Mississippi State upset the Buckeyes to reach the NCAA women's tournament round of 16 for the first time.

The Lady Bulldogs trailed by as many as eight points in the first half, only to use their quickness, adept ball movement and outside shooting to seize control with an 18-0 run that turned a 32-26 deficit into a 44-32 lead. They never looked back in avenging a second-round loss to the Buckeyes a season ago.

Ohio State star Jantel Lavender, harassed all night by Chanel Mokango, scored 17 points -- many after it was far too late.

Mississippi State (21-12) plays Florida State (28-5) on Sunday in Dayton.


No. 3 XAVIER 63, No. 6 VANDERBILT 62: Amber Harris led a last-minute Xavier comeback and made the go-ahead layup with 12.3 seconds left, rallying the Musketeers to a victory over Vanderbilt in the second round of the NCAA tournament.

The 6-foot-5 forward bailed Xavier (29-3) out of a 10-point deficit, scoring the Musketeers' last six points. Xavier will take a 20-game winning streak into its Sacramento Regional semifinal game against Gonzaga on Saturday.

Vanderbilt (23-11) led most of the game behind the steadying play of All-SEC point guard Jence Rhoads, who had 20 points and seven assists. After Harris' layup put Xavier ahead, Vanderbilt had two shots to win it. Lauren Lueders missed from the top of the key, and Rhoads got the rebound and put up a shot from the left of the basket. The ball rattled around -- hitting both sides of the hoop -- before wiggling out.


No. 1 NEBRASKA 83, No. 8 UCLA 70: Dominique Kelley scored a career-high 22 points, Kelsey Griffin added 18 points and 14 rebounds, and Nebraska took apart UCLA.

The Cornhuskers (32-1) advanced to the regional semifinals for the first time in program history. They will play No. 4 seed Kentucky in Kansas City next Sunday.

Star Jasmine Dixon managed 13 points for the No. 8 seed Bruins (25-9) after early foul trouble, but the momentum and chaos created by their defensive pressure didn't last past the first quarter of the game.

Griffin, who recorded her 2,000th career point in the first round, got past 1,000 career rebounds to become only the second Nebraska women's player to reach both of those marks.

No. 2 NOTRE DAME 84, No. 10 VERMONT 66: Skylar Diggins had a season-high 31 points, seven steals, and six assists to lead Notre Dame to a victory over Vermont.

The Irish finished with 19 steals and forced the Catamounts into a season-high 25 turnovers. Notre Dame, which fell behind by 10 points eight minutes into the game, finished the half on a 32-13 run to open a 42-33 lead at intermission. The Catamounts never got closer than eight points.

Notre Dame (29-5) advanced to the Kansas City Regional semifinal, their eighth trip to the round of 16 in last 14 years. Vermont (27-7), which beat Wisconsin on Sunday for its first NCAA tournament win ever, fell to 0-8 all-time vs. top 10 teams. The Irish finished the regular season ranked No. 7.

No. 3 OKLAHOMA 60, No. 11 ARKANSAS-LITTLE ROCK 44: Abi Olajuwon had 19 points and 11 rebounds and third-seeded Oklahoma made the most of a sloppy first half on both ends to beat Arkansas-Little Rock.

The Sooners (25-10) closed a ragged first half with an 11-0 run to go up by 15 and never let the 11th-seeded Trojans get back within single digits to complete their stingiest defensive performance of the season.

The teams evenly split a combined 30 turnovers in the first half, but the Sooners were able to pull ahead by shooting 50 percent shooting and holding the Trojans (27-7) scoreless for more than 6 minutes.

Chastity Reed, the nation's fourth-leading scorer, had 20 points to lead UALR as it went for back-to-back wins in its NCAA tournament debut.