Women’s NCAA Tournament roundup: Florida Gulf Coast stuns Va. Tech

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2022-03-19 01:11:00 GMT+00:00 – Kierstan Bell scored eight of her team-high 22 points in the final 4:51 to lift No. 12 seed Florida Gulf Coast over No. 5 Virginia Tech 84-81 during the Spokane Region first-round matchup at College Park, Md.

Virginia Tech (23-10) wasted a phenomenal performance by Elizabeth Kitley, who had 42 points on 16-for-27 shooting and grabbed eight rebounds. Bell added a team-high eight rebounds for Florida Gulf Coast (30-2) and Tishara Morehouse finished with 13 points and nine assists, while Karli Seay and Kerstie Phills added 12 and 11 points, respectively.


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No. 4 Maryland 102, No. 13 Delaware 71

The Terrapins shot 59.4 percent, with Ashley Owusu’s 24 points and Diamond Miller’s 23 points leading the way for the victory at College Park, Md. Jasmine Dickey put up 31 points for Delaware (24-8). Maryland (22-8) outscored the Blue Hens by 20 points across the last 16-plus minutes.

No. 7 Utah 92, No. 10 Arkansas 69

Kennady McQueen produced 20 points and the Utes prevailed in Austin, Texas, for their first NCAA Tournament victory in 13 years. Utah (21-11) made 15 of 31 attempts from 3-point range while overcoming 19 turnovers. Amber Ramirez’s 24 points weren’t enough for Arkansas (18-14).


No. 1 South Carolina 79, No. 16 Howard 21

The Gamecocks held the Bison to just four first-half points in Columbia, S.C., the fewest ever in a half of an NCAA Tournament game. South Carolina (30-2), which led 44-4 at halftime, was fueled by Aliyah Boston’s 10 points and 12 rebounds and Sania Feagin’s 10 points and seven rebounds. Iyanna Warren topped Howard (21-10) with eight points.

No. 8 Miami 78, No. 9 South Florida 66

The Hurricanes (21-12) led 24-11 after the first quarter and were up by as many as 19 points in Columbia, S.C., while cruising to their ninth win in their past 11 games behind Karla Erjavec’s 14 points, five rebounds and three assists. Kelsey Marshall added 12 points and Lola Pendande had 11. Elena Tsineke led the Bulls (24-9) with a game-high 21 points.

No. 10 Creighton 84, No. 7 Colorado 74

The Bluejays used a 7-0 run midway through the fourth quarter at Iowa City to take a nine-point lead before holding on. The Buffaloes pulled to within four on two occasions, the last with 46 seconds remaining. Creighton (21-9) was led by Morgan Maly, who had team highs of 20 points and eight rebounds. Jaylyn Sherrod paced Colorado (22-9) with 27 points.

No. 2 Iowa 98, No. 15 Illinois State 58

The Hawkeyes ended the first half on a 22-11 run to take a 14-point lead at intermission at Iowa City, and they cruised to a victory behind Caitlin Clark’s 27 points, 10 assists and six rebounds. Monika Czinano had 18 points on 6-for-6 shooting for Iowa (24-7). Juliunn Redmond paced Illinois State (19-14) with 25 points.


No. 1 Louisville 83, No. 16 Albany 51

Hailey Van Lith scored all 20 of her points in the first three quarters as the host Cardinals took control early. Louisville (26-4) built a 48-20 halftime lead by shooting 54.3 percent in its first game in two weeks since a stunning loss in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament quarterfinals. By game’s end, Albany (23-10) committed 26 turnovers.

No. 2 Baylor 89, No. 15 Hawaii 49

The Bears broke open the game by outscoring the Rainbow Wahine 34-8 in the third quarter and led by as many as 42 points in the fourth quarter at Waco, Texas. Jordan Lewis had 23 points, eight rebounds and five assists, while NaLyssa Smith added 21 points and 14 rebounds for Baylor (28-6). Amy Atwell compiled 29 points and 13 rebounds to lead Hawaii (20-10).

No. 9 Gonzaga 68, No. 8 Nebraska 55

The Bulldogs used a 14-7 run bridging the third and fourth quarters to build a 12-point lead midway through the final quarter to knock off the Cornhuskers in Louisville. Kayleigh Truong scored 15 of her team-high 20 points in the second half for Gonzaga (27-6). Sam Haiby put up 20 points for Nebraska (24-9).

No. 10 South Dakota 75, No. 7 Ole Miss 61

The Coyotes jumped out to a nine-point lead in the first five minutes and never trailed against the Rebels in Waco, Texas. Chloe Lamb had 20 points, six rebounds and four assists while Hannah Sjerven added 20 points and seven rebounds for South Dakota (28-5). Angel Baker scored 23 points for Ole Miss (23-9).

–Field Level Media

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