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BC ousts Florida State women

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Jasmine Gill came home and played like she plans on sticking around.

The Greensboro native led Boston College to a significant upset, scoring six of her 13 during the run that lifted the Eagles past No. 8 Florida State 67-60 Friday in an ACC women's quarterfinal.

"Nothing like a home atmosphere," Gill said. "I feel like everybody in the stands was on our side."

Stefanie Murphy had 14 points for seventh-seeded BC (17-14), which faces North Carolina State in a semifinal today.

Cierra Bravard had 13 points for second-seeded FSU (26-5), which had trouble making up for the loss of Jacinta Monroe. She suffered what team officials said was a sprained right ankle, but X-rays showed no broken bones.

Meanwhile, top-seeded Duke held off ninth-seeded Maryland 66-64. Jasmine Thomas scored 21 to help the No. 9 Blue Devils (25-5) reach a semifinal, where they face fourth-seeded Georgia Tech.

Freshman Marissa Kastanek scored 15 to help sixth-seeded North Carolina State earn a 66-59 win over No. 24 Virginia (21-9), the third seed.

Cincy ousts USF

HARTFORD, Conn. — Kahla Roudebush scored 19 and Cincinnati beat USF 63-51 in the first round of the Big East women's tournament. Shareese Ulis had 17 points and Shanasa Sanders added 11 points and nine rebounds for the Bearcats, who face Rutgers in the second round today.

KeNeisha Saunders had 14 points to lead USF but fouled out with 3:22 to play. The Bulls finish at 15-15, hoping for a WNIT spot.

SEC tournament: Alicia Manning had 14 points with a career-high 14 rebounds as top-seeded Tennessee (28-2) beat ninth-seeded Mississippi 76-51 in the quarterfinals in Duluth, Ga. In the first semifinal, the No. 4-ranked Vols face fifth-seeded Vanderbilt, which held on for a 63-61 win over No. 21 LSU (20-9), the fourth seed. Meanwhile, third-seeded Mississippi State pulled ahead with a 14-4 second-half run in a 67-52 win over No. 22 Georgia (23-8), the sixth seed. Mississippi State faces No. 19 Kentucky, the second seed, after the Wildcats (24-6) beat 10th-seeded Auburn 65-54 with 24 points from Victoria Dunlap.

Big Ten tournament: Jantel Lavender had 19 points to lead No. 10 Ohio State (28-4), the top seed, to a 66-55 win over Illinois in the quarterfinals in Indianapolis. The defending tourney champions face fourth-seeded Wisconsin today in a semifinal. Meanwhile, Kalisha Keane scored 11 to help No. 25 Michigan State (22-8), the second seed, earn a 61-50 victory over Michigan. The Spartans face third seed Iowa in the other semifinal.

No. 23 Hartford 68, New Hampshire 35: America East player of the year Diana Delva had 18 points to lead the top-seeded Hawks (26-3) to their school-record 19th straight win in the tournament quarterfinals.

Big East honors: Connecticut center Tina Charles was selected the conference player of the year.


First NCAA berth: Cornell (26-4, 12-1) became the first team to earn an NCAA Tournament bid, clinching its third straight Ivy League championship by beating host Brown 95-76.

BC ousts Florida State women 03/05/10 [Last modified: Saturday, March 6, 2010 12:29am]
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