Sunday, February 25, 2018
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Syracuse poses little challenge to Huskies

STORRS, Conn. — Kia Nurse scored 29 and tied an NCAA Tournament record with nine 3-pointers to lead the UConn women to a 94-64 win over Syracuse on Monday night in a second-round rematch of last year's national championship game.

Nurse hit 10 of 13 shots, missing only three 3-pointers for the Huskies, who won their 109th straight game and 26th consecutive NCAA Tournament game. That streak includes last April's 82-51 win over the Orange that gave the Huskies their fourth consecutive title.

Gabby Williams and Katie Lou Samuelson each added 23 points and Napheesa Collier had 17 for UConn (34-0), which led by as many as 36 points.

The Huskies shot 62 percent from the floor and 52 percent from 3-point range and had 30 assists on their 33 baskets.

Alexis Peterson had 25 points to lead Syracuse, which had boasted this week that it would bring the best guards in America into the rematch with UConn. Backcourt mate Brittney Sykes added 15 and Briana Day had 13 for the Orange

UConn held Syracuse without a field goal for more than 3½ minutes early in the first quarter and used a 9-0 run to build an 18-7 lead.

The Huskies hit 12 of their first 18 shots and led 28-11 after a fastbreak basket at the first-quarter buzzer by Crystal Dangerfield.

A 3-pointer by Nurse gave UConn its first 20-point lead at 31-11 and another pushed the lead to 30 at 55-25.

> Ruthy Hebard had 20 points and 15 rebounds, and Oregon earned its first Sweet 16 berth by upsetting host Duke 74-65.

Maite Cazorla added 17 points and Lexi Bando had 14 to help Oregon (22-13) become the first No. 10 seed in a decade to reach the round of 16.

The Ducks, in their first tournament since 2005, had never advanced past the second round in 12 appearances. Now they're on to Bridgeport, Conn., to take on third-seeded Maryland in a region semifinal.

Lexie Brown scored 25 for the second-seeded Blue Devils, who have been upset at home in the second round twice since 2014. They played without guard Kyra Lambert, who tore her left anterior cruciate ligament in the first round against Hampton.

LEXINGTON Region

10 Consecutive Sweet 16 appearances for Stanford after its 69-48 victory over host Kansas State.

Brittany McPhee had 21 points and Alanna Smith added 19 for the second-seeded Cardinal (30-5), which had no problem dealing with the Wildcats or their home crowd. Stanford roared to a 39-21 halftime lead in advancing to face No. 3 seed Texas on Friday night in Lexington, Ky.

Oklahoma City Region

Long-range shooting lifts Cardinals

Asia Durr scored 23, Mariya Moore made all five 3-pointers for 19 points and host Louisville beat Tennessee 75-64.

Moore's perimeter shooting provided a lift on a night when fourth-seeded Louisville (29-7) had to work hard late to finish at 44 percent from the field. She scored the Cardinals' first eight of the fourth quarter for a 54-47 lead before Durr followed with seven of their next eight to make it 62-51 with 4:07 left. Durr also became the 28th Louisville player to reach 1,000 career points.

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