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Stanford's zone stumps 'Noles

AMES, Iowa — Florida State beat Iowa State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in part because the Cyclones shot so miserably.

Now the Seminoles know how the Iowa State players felt.

FSU missed 20 of 22 shots after a hot start, fell behind by 20 and never recovered in a 63-44 second-round loss to Stanford on Monday night.

The second-seeded Cardinal went to a tightly packed 2-3 zone defense after FSU opened 5-of-6 in taking a 14-6 lead. The 10th-seeded Seminoles struggled the rest of the night.

They couldn't get the ball inside to Natasha Howard and couldn't make the outside shots needed to loosen the defense.

"All year for us our nemesis has been our outside shooting," FSU coach Sue Semrau said. "We got the lead, they went to the zone and we couldn't hit shots. They packed it in on Tasha and we couldn't get her the ball."

It was an especially frustrating night for Howard, a 6-foot-3 senior who is FSU's career rebounding leader and No. 2 on the career scoring list. She had no points and no rebounds in the first half, missing five shots.

"When they were playing man, they were sagging off so they would have two people on Tasha," point guard Cheetah Delgado said. "When they went zone, it was even harder. We were taking good open shots. We just couldn't make them."

FSU (21-12) made one shot over the final 121/2 minutes of the first half in falling behind 32-16. Stanford (31-3) then got the first two baskets of the second half for a 30-2 run.

Lincoln Region

DEPAUL 74, DUKE 65: Megan Rogowski scored 22 for the seventh-seeded Blue Demons (29-6), who hit 14 3-pointers and forced the second-seeded Blue Devils (28-7) into 21 turnovers with their high-pressure defense. Duke, playing on its home court, became the first top-four seed to lose.

BYU 80, NEBRASKA 76: Morgan Bailey tied her career high with 18 points, Jennifer Hamson had 15 points and 14 rebounds and the Cougars (28-6) upset the fourth-seeded Huskers (26-7) in Los Angeles to become the third No. 12 seed ever to reach the Sweet 16.

Notre Dame Region

NOTRE DAME 84, ARIZ. ST. 67: Natalie Achonwa had 25 points and 11 rebounds, and the top-seeded Fighting Irish (34-0) pulled away in the second half in Toledo, Ohio. The ninth-seeded Sun Devils (23-10) kept it close during a sloppy first half until Notre Dame scored the first six of the second.

KENTUCKY 64, SYRACUSE 59: Bria Goss scored 17 and the third-seeded Wildcats (26-8) survived the No. 6 seed Orange (23-10) in Lexington, Ky. Syracuse's physical play and 2-3 zone defense forced Kentucky into 36 percent shooting.

OKLA. ST. 73, PURDUE 66: Brittney Martin had 20 points and 20 rebounds for the fifth-seeded Cowgirls (25-8), who beat the fourth-seeded Boilermakers (22-9) on their home court.

BAYLOR 75, CAL 56: Odyssey Sims scored 27 in her final home game for second-seeded Baylor (31-4), which ran past the seventh-seeded Cal (22-10) in the second half to reach its sixth straight Sweet 16.

Louisville Region

TENN. 67, ST. JOHN'S 51: Cierra Burdick had 21 points and 11 rebounds for the top-seeded Vols (29-5), who used a smothering defense to pull away from the eighth-seeded Red Storm (23-11) on their home court.

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