Poor shooting dooms favored Hurricanes

SPOKANE, Wash. — Gonzaga is headed back to the Sweet 16 in the women's NCAA Tournament thanks to Kayla Standish and Katelan Redmon.

Standish scored 19 as 11th-seeded Gonzaga upset No. 3 Miami 65-54 on Monday to advance to the Sweet 16 for the second straight season.

Redmon scored 16 for Gonzaga (28-5), which was playing on its home floor in front of an overwhelmingly supportive sold-out crowd.

Shenise Johnson had 20 points and 13 rebounds for Miami (26-6), which was undone by poor shooting in the second half.

The game between two of the nation's best offenses was expected to be high-scoring but turned into a defensive battle. Miami pressed most of the game.

Miami played without All-ACC guard Riquna Williams, who did not make the trip because of unspecified conduct detrimental to the team. She averaged 16 points during the season.

In a game that featured 11 lead changes, Gonzaga took the lead for good at 48-46 on Kelly Bowen's 3-pointer with 5:55 left.

Haiden Palmer added 15 points for Gonzaga, which shot 43 percent. Miami shot 32 percent (22-of-67) and made 1 of 12 3-pointers.

UCONN 72, KANSAS ST. 26: Bria Hartley scored 13 of her 16 in the first half and the top-seeded Huskies set a women's NCAA Tournament record for fewest points allowed, romping in Bridgeport, Conn.

"I think it was definitely close to a perfect game; you can always do better," Hartley said. "We came out with a lot more intensity than we did last game. We used that game as motivation to play better this game."

The Huskies (31-4) held the Wildcats (20-14) to 18 percent shooting and 10 field goals, contesting virtually every shot in their second-round matchup.

KENTUCKY 65, GREEN BAY 62: Keyla Snowden hit a jumper and two free throws in the final 18 seconds, and the second-seeded Wildcats (27-6) held off the seventh-seeded Phoenix (31-2) in Ames, Iowa. Kentucky opened the game with a 21-6 run then rallied after Green Bay erased a 17-point deficit and took a 62-61 lead with 1:57 left.

Des Moines Region

TENN. 63, DEPAUL 48: Shekinna Stricklen scored 17 and Glory Johnson grabbed a season-high 21 rebounds to lead Pat Summitt and the Volunteers (26-8) past the Blue Devils (23-11) in Rosemont, Ill. Second-seeded Tennessee grabbed a double-digit lead early in the second half and hung on in a physical game in which players seemed to hit the floor about as often as they hit shots.

Raleigh Region

MARYLAND 72, LOUISVILLE 68: Laurin Mincy scored 24, Tianna Hawkins had 15 points and 14 rebounds, and the host Terrapins (30-4) advanced to the Sweet 16. The second-seeded Terrapins charge into the region semifinal riding a nine-game winning streak. The seventh-seeded Cardinals (23-10) made one field goal in the final six minutes.

TEXAS A&M 61, ARKANSAS 59: Sydney Carter hit the go-ahead free throws with 23 seconds left, Adaora Elonu tied a career high with 23 points and the third-seeded Aggies (24-10) fought off the sixth-seeded Razorbacks (24-9) on their home court.

Fresno Region

S.C. 72, PURDUE 61: Markeshia Grant scored 21 and the fifth-seeded Gamecocks (25-9) forced 20 turnovers on the Boilermakers' home court to reach their first region semifinal in a decade. South Carolina coach Dawn Staley returns to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 1992, her senior season at Virginia. KK Houser scored 15 for fourth-seeded Purdue (25-9), which shot 39.3 percent from the floor and made four 3-pointers.

STANFORD 72, W. VA. 55: Freshman Amber Orrange scored a career-high 18 for the top-seeded Cardinal (33-1) in Norfolk, Va. Nnemkadi Ogwumike added 16 points and Chiney Ogwumike 13 for Stanford, which easily stretched its school-record winning streak to 30 games. Ayana Dunning had 14 points for the eighth-seeded Mountaineers (24-10), who shot 31 percent.

Poor shooting dooms favored Hurricanes 03/20/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 20, 2012 1:25am]

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