Reseeding the March Madness spherical of 32
No lead is secure within the 2023 ladies’s NCAA match.
On Friday, Georgia, Princeton and South Florida erased deficits to advance to the second spherical. That was simply an appetizer.
Saturday’s comebacks had been historic. For the primary time, three groups rallied from a minimum of 16 factors all the way down to win on the identical day, in accordance with ESPN Stats & Data. It is simply the second time it has occurred in a single match, however Baylor, Miami and Ohio State all did it inside 4 hours. The Bears received the massive prize, getting back from an 18-point first-quarter deficit in opposition to Alabama. The Hurricanes had been down 17 to Oklahoma State at halftime. The Buckeyes trailed upset-minded James Madison by 14 halfway by way of the second quarter earlier than their press and the Columbus crowd received them going.
Two No. 12 seeds additionally received Saturday after a No. 11 and No. 10 superior on Friday. The largest stunner: Toledo taking down Massive 12 champion Iowa State. Florida Gulf Coast made its approach to the second spherical for the second straight yr, knocking out one other convention champion, the Pac-12’s Washington State.
And because the upsets and dominant performances give the sphere a brand new look, we’re reshaping the panorama, too.
Reseeding the 32 groups remaining means some motion even among the many finest groups. Did the No. 1 seeds do sufficient to remain on the prime? The place do the double-digit seeds slot in now?
Based mostly on the performances of the previous two days, and contemplating some accidents and participant availability, right here is our reseeded area of 32.
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No. 1 seeds
Aaliyah Edwards dominates with 28 factors in UConn’s first-round win
Aaliyah Edwards scores 28 factors, capturing 13-of-15 from the sphere with seven rebounds in UConn’s win over Vermont within the first spherical of the NCAA match.
South Carolina Gamecocks
NCAA seed: No. 1 total (Greenville 1)
First spherical: Defeated Norfolk State 72-40
Anybody who hadn’t watched South Carolina earlier than Friday in all probability wasn’t as impressed as the remainder of us have been all season. The always-focused Gamecocks weren’t at all times in sync and did not shoot the ball effectively (38.9%). But, as anticipated, the Spartans by no means had an opportunity. South Carolina received in all essentially the most South Carolina methods doable: suffocating protection, dominant rebounding and nice bench manufacturing. Solely two Gamecocks reached double figures, however 12 scored as coach Daybreak Staley received the whole roster some doubtlessly useful NCAA match minutes. It was merely taking good care of enterprise in Columbia.
Up subsequent: vs. South Florida on Sunday (1 p.m. ET, ABC)
NCAA seed: No. 1 (Seattle 4)
First spherical: Defeated Sacred Coronary heart 92-49
This NCAA match marks the twenty fifth anniversary of Stanford shedding as a No. 1 seed to 16-seed Harvard. This model of the Cardinal made certain there was no hyperlink. After trailing early to the Pioneers, Stanford asserted management and was up by 19 factors at halftime. Enjoying with out 6-foot-4 second-team All-American Cameron Brink, out with a abdomen bug, the Cardinal nonetheless dominated inside with 56 factors within the paint and a plus-29 rebounding margin. The win was Stanford’s a hundredth in NCAA match play, which ranks third all-time behind Tennessee and UConn. The Cardinal are additionally one recreation away from their fifteenth consecutive Candy 16.
Up subsequent: vs. Ole Miss on Sunday (9:30 p.m. ET, ESPN)
NCAA seed: No. 2 (Seattle 3)
First spherical: Defeated Vermont 95-52
The Huskies can win a number of alternative ways now that they are as wholesome as they have been all season. Saturday in opposition to Vermont, it was about utilizing their bodily superiority to dominate inside. Aaliyah Edwards and Dorka Juhasz had been the 2 finest gamers on the courtroom and mixed to go 20-for-25 from the sphere. Edwards established a profession excessive with 28 factors and was almost flawless because the Catamounts supplied little resistance in opposition to the Huskies, who scored their most factors in a recreation since mid-January. Many thought these Huskies had been worthy of a No. 1 seed. Now they’re. UConn now has received 49 straight NCAA match video games within the Northeast, however the second-round recreation in opposition to Baylor would be the final one this yr. A win and the Huskies head to Seattle. The final time they did not make a Ultimate 4 was in 2007, which was additionally the final time they performed in a regional on the West Coast. That yr, UConn misplaced to LSU within the Elite Eight in Fresno.
Up subsequent: vs. Baylor on Monday
NCAA seed: No. 1
First spherical: Defeated Tennessee Tech 77-47
After some early anxious moments, the Hoosiers appeared simply positive with out Mackenzie Holmes in opposition to Tennessee Tech and pulled away in typical vogue: good capturing (58.0%), a lot of contributors (9 Hoosiers scored) and strong protection (the Eagles shot 22.0% within the second half). Nevertheless, Indiana cannot be thought of the second total staff anymore if Holmes’ knee soreness continues to restrict her going ahead within the NCAA match. She is much too necessary to Indiana’s success to fake it’s the similar staff with out her or even when she has diminished capabilities. The Hoosiers would nonetheless be ok to succeed in the Candy 16, however because the competitors will get harder, Holmes’ well being turns into one of many match’s main storylines.
Up subsequent: vs. Miami on Monday
No. 2 seeds
Alissa Pili goes for 33 factors in Utah’s win
Alissa Pili goes for 33 factors, main Utah to the first-round win over Gardner-Webb.
NCAA seed: No. 2 (Seattle 4)
First spherical: Defeated SE Louisiana 95-43
A lesson might need been discovered in Iowa Metropolis on Friday: Do not verbally problem the Hawkeyes. Southeastern Louisiana coach Ayala Guzzardo was important of Iowa’s protection previous to their matchup. The Hawkeyes proceeded to fully put the clamps on the Lions within the second half, holding them to 11 factors and simply three area targets within the ultimate 20 minutes. The 52-point margin was the most important in an NCAA match recreation in Iowa program historical past. Caitlin Clark wanted solely 29 minutes to place up 26 factors, 12 assists and seven rebounds.
The Hawkeyes had an identical consequence within the opening spherical final March, scoring 98 in opposition to Illinois State earlier than being held to 62 by Creighton in a second-round upset loss. Georgia may current a fair higher defensive problem than the Bluejays, making Sunday’s matchup one of the intriguing of the second spherical.
Up subsequent: vs. Georgia on Sunday (3 p.m. ET, ABC)
Virginia Tech Hokies
NCAA seed: No. 1 (Seattle 3)
First spherical: Defeated Chattanooga 58-33
Like South Carolina, the Hokies eased into this yr’s NCAA match with out enjoying their A-game. When that occurred a yr in the past, Virginia Tech received eradicated within the opening spherical. This Hokies staff is significantly better, and Virginia Tech had little bother beating the Mocs regardless of its second-lowest scoring output of the season. Not surprisingly, the Hokies leaned on Elizabeth Kitley (12 factors, 14 rebounds) and Georgia Amoore (22 factors, 5-for-8 on 3-pointers) as they’ve throughout their now 12-game profitable streak. Chattanooga was a low-scoring offense all season and was one of many worst rebounding groups within the nation. The Hokies exploited each areas, holding the Mocs to twenty-eight.6% capturing and outrebounding them 38-22. Neither of these issues will probably be as straightforward in opposition to South Dakota State, which may pose an issue for Virginia Tech if it would not play with a bit extra punch within the assault.
Up subsequent: vs. South Dakota State on Sunday (5 p.m. ET, ESPN2)
NCAA seed: No. 2
First spherical: Defeated Holy Cross 93-61
The Terrapins weren’t taking any possibilities. They did not let Holy Cross breathe within the opening minutes, scoring the sport’s first 14 factors. After which lower than seven minutes into the sport, the Crusaders had been in a gap too deep. It was businesslike after that for Maryland, which pressured 24 turnovers and had 13 steals. The Terps did not want a lot out of main scorer and second-team All-American Diamond Miller. Her 13 factors marked Miller’s lowest output since Thanksgiving weekend. Getting 4 3-pointers from Brinae Alexander is an effective signal for the Terps because the competitors will get higher, beginning with Arizona.
Up subsequent: vs. Arizona on Sunday (5:30 p.m. ET, ESPN)
NCAA seed: No. 2 (Greenville 2)
First spherical: Defeated Gardner-Webb 103-77
Alissa Pili was one of the environment friendly and productive gamers within the nation all season. She took it to a different degree in opposition to Gardner-Webb. The Pac-12 Participant of the 12 months scored a career-high 33 factors on simply 17 pictures. Pili added eight rebounds and eight assists, main the Utes, who had 32 assists on 37 made area targets. The Runnin’ Bulldogs got here into the sport on a 21-game profitable streak, however their technique of enjoying Pili one-on-one within the put up was unsuccessful from the beginning. Pili both scored or assisted on Utah’s first 5 baskets. Princeton will pose extra of a defensive problem, however the Utes will probably be enjoying one other double-digit seed as they attempt to advance to their first Candy 16 since 2006.
Up subsequent: Princeton on Sunday (7 p.m. ET, ESPN2)
No. 3 seeds
Cotie McMahon with the huge block on the rim
Cotie McMahon with the huge block on the rim
NCAA seed: No. 3 (Greenville 2)
First spherical: Defeated Hawai’i 73-50
Regardless of a cushty win and second consecutive journey to the second spherical since Kim Mulkey’s arrival, the Tigers’ greatest takeaway Friday is likely to be that Angel Reese wants extra assist. The sophomore’s 34-point, 15-rebound efficiency was the very best by an SEC participant within the NCAA match this century, however freshman Flau’jae Johnson (10 factors) was the one different LSU participant in double figures. The remainder of the staff mixed to shoot simply 33.3% from the sphere. Towards a veteran Michigan staff, the Tigers will seemingly want extra contributions to advance.
Up subsequent: vs. Michigan on Sunday (7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN)
Ohio State Buckeyes
NCAA seed: No. 3 (Seattle 3)
First spherical: Defeated James Madison 80-66
Falling behind early has turn into a curious hallmark of those Buckeyes. They got here from 24 all the way down to beat Indiana within the Massive Ten match, and so they did it once more Saturday in opposition to the Dukes. After falling behind by 16 halfway by way of the second quarter, Ohio State used its vaunted full-court press to fully flip across the recreation. The Buckeyes pressured 20 turnovers and finally flipped the rating to a 16-point lead earlier than profitable by 14. The 32-point turnaround and this system’s sixth straight NCAA match with a minimum of one win is the excellent news. The unhealthy information is Ohio State made solely two 3-pointers and dedicated 27 fouls.
Up subsequent: vs. North Carolina on Monday
Tennessee Girl Vols
NCAA seed: No. 4 (Seattle 3)
First spherical: Defeated Saint Louis 95-50
All of the traits that enticed so many specialists to place Tennessee within the prime 5 within the preseason had been on show in opposition to Saint Louis. The Girl Vols dominated with their size defensively, managed the boards and received environment friendly scoring from stars Jordan Horston (21 factors, 9-of-11 from the sphere) and Rickea Jackson (18 factors, 8-of-13 from the sphere). Any ideas of an upset disappeared rapidly and the group at Thompson-Boling Area had a comparatively stress-free afternoon. That sort of dominance is sufficient to transfer the Girl Vols up a seed line. A yr in the past, the Girl Vols additionally drew a No. 12 seed coming off an upset within the second spherical, and simply survived Belmont to get to the Candy 16. Toledo brings an identical problem.
Up subsequent: vs. Toledo on Monday
Duke Blue Devils
NCAA seed: No. 3 (Seattle 4)
First spherical: Defeated Iona 89-49
The Blue Devils mixed to attain 81 factors within the final two video games within the ACC match. So take into account Saturday’s 89-point output in opposition to the Gaels an offensive renaissance. As is at all times the case with this Duke staff, the assault begins with protection, which registered 11 steals, however 4 gamers in double figures and 58.5% capturing is an effective signal whatever the opponent. That is why the Blue Devils received the nod over Notre Dame, Villanova and Texas — all of which additionally registered blowout wins — for the ultimate No. 3 seed.
Up subsequent: vs. Colorado on Monday
No. 4 seeds
Maddy Siegrist cooks Cleveland State for 35 factors
Maddy Siegrist continues her stellar season as she scores 35 factors in Villanova’s first-round win over Cleveland State.
Notre Dame Preventing Irish
NCAA seed: No. 3 (Greenville 1)
First spherical: Defeated Southern Utah 82-56
Maybe it was a St. Patrick’s Day spark, or the matchup with the Thunderbirds was excellent, however the Irish’s offense appeared simply positive with out Olivia Miles. The 27 first-quarter factors little question supplied some confidence to a staff that totaled simply 38 within the ACC match semifinals in opposition to Louisville with out Miles. With the information that Miles will not play within the NCAA match due to a knee damage she suffered within the regular-season finale, Niele Ivey has turned extra of the ballhandling duties to Sonia Citron, and the sophomore responded with 14 factors, six assists and, most significantly, zero turnovers. Notre Dame’s NCAA match ceiling is decrease with out Miles, however for in the future a minimum of the Irish did extra than simply survive.
Up subsequent: vs. Mississippi State on Sunday (3:30 p.m. ET, ESPN)
NCAA seed: No. 4 (Greenville 2)
First spherical: Defeated Cleveland State 76-59
Solely 4 gamers in Division I historical past had scored 1,000 factors in a single season. After Villanova’s straightforward win over Cleveland State on Saturday, that quantity is 5. Maddy Siegrist led the way in which, as she virtually at all times does for the Wildcats, with 35 factors, and within the course of she joined Jackie Stiles, Odyssey Sims, Kelsey Plum and Megan Gustafson on that unique checklist. Siegrist, who entered the match averaging a nation-best 28.9 factors per recreation, scored 22 of her 35 factors within the first half as Villanova constructed a 21-point lead in a recreation that was by no means unsure.
Up subsequent: vs. Florida Gulf Coast on Monday
NCAA seed: No. 4 (Seattle 4)
First spherical: Defeated East Carolina 79-40
Overwhelmed might be the easiest way to explain what East Carolina was feeling in opposition to the Longhorns on Saturday. Texas put the clamps on the Pirates, permitting simply 10 area targets the whole recreation. The opposite piece of fine information for Texas was the return of Sonya Morris. The senior guard performed 13 minutes and scored 4 factors in her first recreation since Feb. 4. Morris missed 10 video games with a quadriceps damage, however her exterior capturing is a key to a deep Longhorns run. The Texas win additionally put three Massive 12 groups into the second spherical after the league started the match 0-3.
Up subsequent: vs. Louisville on Monday
NCAA seed: No. 4 (Greenville 1)
First spherical: Defeated Sacramento State 67-45
The Bruins’ comfy win over Massive Sky champ Sacramento State gave the Pac-12 a 5-2 file within the first spherical. That matched the Massive Ten for the second-best file amongst multiple-bid leagues. (The SEC completed 7-1.) 5 completely different Bruins scored within the first 4 minutes as UCLA raced to a 16-2 lead within the first spherical’s ultimate recreation. That sort of steadiness continued, and the Bruins simply prevented being a sufferer of one other massive comeback. The win units up a recreation with Oklahoma in what might be the very best matchup of the second spherical.
Up subsequent: vs. Oklahoma on Monday
No. 5 seeds
Michigan will get opening spherical win over UNLV
Michigan is ready to choose up the first-round win over UNLV and advance to the second spherical of the NCAA Ladies’s match.
NCAA seed: No. 6 (Seattle 4)
First spherical: Defeated Center Tennessee 82-60
Colorado was alleged to have a measurement and rebounding benefit over Center Tennessee. The Buffs weren’t supposed to have the ability to outshoot one of the efficient offensive groups within the nation. However they did simply that, making a season-best 13 3-pointers in essentially the most dominant first-round efficiency by a staff exterior the top-four seeds. And after they did miss, that measurement benefit delivered, too. At one level within the second half, Colorado had as many offensive rebounds because the Blue Raiders had complete boards. After being an upset sufferer to Creighton within the first spherical a yr in the past, the Buffs received their first NCAA match recreation in 22 years.
Up subsequent: vs. Duke on Monday
NCAA seed: No. 5 (Seattle 4)
First spherical: Defeated Drake 83-81
The No. 5 seed was wanting like an endangered species. The primary two that performed Saturday had been bounced, and Louisville was in a battle with Drake. Some key defensive performs and 5 factors within the ultimate 16 seconds from Hailey Van Lith helped the Cardinals keep away from the identical destiny as Iowa State and Washington State. Louisville has received a minimum of one recreation within the NCAA match yearly since 2011. Van Lith carried the load with 26 factors, however Olivia Cochran and Liz Dixon mixed for simply 13 factors in opposition to a small Bulldogs staff. If the Cardinals are going to get to a sixth consecutive Candy 16, that pair of posts must play a lot larger in opposition to the bodily Longhorns.
Up subsequent: vs. Texas on Monday
NCAA seed: No. 6
First spherical: Defeated UNLV 71-59
The Wolverines misplaced within the quarterfinals of the Massive Ten match, and so they appeared like they benefited from the layoff. Michigan appeared sharper in opposition to UNLV than it had at any time within the common season’s ultimate three weeks. It is a system that breeds Michigan success: Emily Kiser received on the boards (10 rebounds, 18 factors), Maddie Nolan made perimeter pictures (4 of 6 3-pointers, 18 factors) and Leigha Brown ran the offense (17 factors, seven assists). If the veterans produce like that once more, a 3rd straight journey to the Candy 16 is a chance.
Up subsequent: vs. LSU on Sunday (7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN)
NCAA seed: No. 5 (Greenville 1)
First spherical: Defeated Portland 85-63
When Aubrey Joens left Iowa State for Oklahoma, she in all probability did not suppose she can be enjoying deeper into the NCAA match than her sister, Ashley. However with the Cyclones eradicated in certainly one of Saturday’s greatest upsets, and Aubrey scoring eight of her 14 factors in a key third quarter rally, it is the Sooners, not Iowa State, that performs on. It took Oklahoma a bit time to shake the WCC match champion Pilots, however an enormous second half received the nation’s second-highest scoring staff proper to its common, and the Sooners their second NCAA match win in as a few years below Jennie Baranczyk.
Up subsequent: vs. UCLA on Monday
No. 6 seeds
Deja Kelly’s and-1 proves to be winner in wild UNC victory
Deja Kelly’s and-1 stands because the winner for North Carolina after St. John’s Danielle Patterson misses free throws down the stretch.
North Carolina Tar Heels
NCAA seed: No. 6 (Seattle 3)
First spherical: Defeated St. John’s 61-59
Nothing has been straightforward for North Carolina this season, so why ought to its first NCAA match recreation be any completely different? After main from the opening bounce, the Tar Heels abruptly discovered themselves trailing halfway by way of the fourth quarter. After battling again, North Carolina received a three-point play from Deja Kelly after which needed to survive missed free throws by the Purple Storm to advance. An 0-3 ACC begin, early February accidents to 2 starters and a disappointing efficiency within the ACC match are actually behind the Tar Heels, who improved to 3-2 within the NCAA match below Courtney Banghart.
Up subsequent: vs. Ohio State on Monday
Ole Miss Rebels
NCAA seed: No. 8 (Seattle 4)
First spherical: Defeated Gonzaga 71-48
After the primary spherical, Ole Miss coach Yolett McPhee-McCuin wrote on Twitter, “We defend.” Her staff definitely did. The Rebels had been bodily with Gonzaga from the beginning and held essentially the most correct 3-point capturing staff within the nation to 1-for-17 from deep. Ole Miss rapidly turned an 8-9 recreation right into a mismatch in one of many first spherical’s most spectacular performances. A 15-2 run halfway by way of the second quarter, highlighted by three Snudda Collins 3-pointers, appeared to crush Gonzaga’s spirit. Ole Miss by no means let the Zags again into the sport and received this system’s first NCAA match win since 2007.
Up subsequent: vs. Stanford on Sunday (9:30 p.m. ET, ESPN)
NCAA seed: No. 7
First spherical: Defeated West Virginia 75-62
The Wildcats have now received a minimum of one recreation previously three NCAA tournaments, and so they did it counting on the veterans who’ve been there for all of them. Cate Reese and Shaina Pellington mixed for 43 factors and helped Arizona management the sport all through. Attending to the Candy 16 may rely on some enchancment from the 3-point line, the place Arizona made 2-of-12 in opposition to the Mountaineers, and enjoying higher on the street. Going through Maryland in School Park is a a lot larger problem, and the Wildcats are simply 7-5 on the street this season.
Up subsequent: vs. Maryland on Sunday (5:30 p.m. ET, ESPN)
South Dakota State Jackrabbits
NCAA seed: No. 9
First spherical: Defeated USC 62-57 OT
Now in her sixth yr at South Dakota State, Myah Selland has been this system’s finest participant since her sophomore season. And it was solely becoming that Selland led the way in which within the Jackrabbits’ first NCAA match win since 2019. At instances, USC could not cease her, regardless that it was apparent who was getting the ball. Selland completed with 29 factors and scored South Dakota State’s first 9 factors within the additional interval. She was merely an excessive amount of for the Trojans to beat. The final time they had been right here, the Jackrabbits superior to the Candy 16.
Up subsequent: vs. Virginia Tech (5 p.m. ET, ESPN2)
No. 7 seeds
Grace Stone, Princeton come up massive late to upset NC State
Grace Stone hits a go-ahead 3-pointer late within the recreation, then Princeton prevents NC State from getting a ultimate shot off in a 64-63 win.
Mississippi State Bulldogs
NCAA seed: No. 11 (Greenville 1)
First spherical: Defeated Creighton 81-66
“Talk to me nice” has been coach Sam Purcell’s mantra all through his first season in Starkville, however his staff has been something however good to its opponents within the NCAA match. After disposing of Illinois within the First 4, the Bulldogs had been much more spectacular in taking out Creighton, final yr’s Cinderella. Mississippi State imposed its measurement, athleticism and depth on the Bluejays from the opening minutes and by no means relented. The Bulldogs by no means trailed and are the primary 2-0 staff on this yr’s match.
Up subsequent: vs. Notre Dame on Sunday (3:30 p.m. ET, ESPN)
Florida Gulf Coast Eagles
NCAA seed: No. 12 (Greenville 2)
First spherical: Defeated Washington State 74-63
For a second straight yr, the Eagles are into the second spherical as a No. 12 seed after beating the Cougars. FGCU does two issues on offense: shoot 3-pointers and take layups. On Saturday, coach Karl Smesko leaned into attending to the rim. The nation’s most prolific 3-point-shooting staff made solely 5 treys Saturday however scored 50 factors within the paint. FGCU routinely took the ball proper on the Cougars, who by no means discovered a solution. The analytics method received once more. The Eagles took solely two pictures exterior of the lane that weren’t 3-pointers. Maryland was an excessive amount of bodily for FGCU in final yr’s second spherical, however that should not be the case in opposition to Villanova in what might be a high-scoring second-round recreation.
Up subsequent: vs. Villanova on Monday
NCAA seed: No. 7 (Seattle 3)
First spherical: Defeated Alabama 78-74
Heading into the match, Baylor was capturing 31.4% on 3-pointers — which ranks a hundred and sixtieth within the nation. Towards Alabama, the Bears had been 14-for-28 from 3-point vary to turn into the third staff Saturday to erase a double-digit deficit. Of the three comebacks, Baylor’s was the largest and essentially the most inconceivable. Baylor misplaced six of its ultimate 9 video games heading into the Massive Dance, and when Baylor received down 22-4 after the primary quarter, it appeared like these troubles had been persevering with. Then the 3-pointers started to fall. Ja’Mee Asberry, a 31% 3-point shooter on the season, made seven of the long-range pictures Saturday to guide the Bears with 26 factors.
Up subsequent: vs. UConn on Monday
NCAA seed: No. 10 (Greenville 2)
First spherical: Defeated NC State 64-63
After preventing their approach again into the sport late within the fourth quarter, the Tigers nonetheless appeared like they may come up quick. Then got here an premature turnover for NC State and a superbly executed play for a Grace Stone 3-pointer, and Princeton had the upset and one other first-round victory. Not as offensively proficient as they’ve been in recent times, protection was the Tigers’ calling card all season, and so they held the Wolfpack scoreless for the ultimate 5:43 to present themselves an opportunity. It paid off in Stone’s third game-winning shot this season. Utah’s offense will probably be a tall process, however Villanova and UConn every solely scored 69 in opposition to Princeton, two video games the Tigers had been in till the tip.
Up subsequent: vs. Utah on Sunday (7 p.m. ET, ESPN2)
No. 8 seeds
Tishara Morehouse drives and will get the and-1 to fall
Tishara Morehouse fights off her defender for a Florida Gulf Coast and-1.
Georgia Girl Bulldogs
NCAA seed: No. 10 (Seattle 4)
First spherical: Defeated Florida State 66-54
The Girl Bulldogs might need let injury-depleted FSU cling round a bit longer than they’d have preferred, however an enormous late-third-quarter/early-fourth-quarter run put the sport away. Georgia used the bodily zone protection coach Katie Abrahamson-Henderson introduced together with her from UCF to stifle Florida State, which did not have main scorer Ta’Niya Latson and was with out second-leading scorer Makayla Timpson for a lot of the primary half after she suffered a minimize close to her eye. Diamond Battles, who got here with Abrahamson-Henderson from UCF, scored 21 factors and is likely one of the SEC’s finest backcourt defenders. Battles and Georgia’s zone get the final word take a look at in Spherical 2 with Caitlin Clark and Iowa awaiting.
Up subsequent: vs. Iowa on Sunday (3 p.m. ET, ABC)
South Florida Bulls
NCAA seed: No. 8 (Greenville 1)
First spherical: Defeated Marquette 67-65 OT
The Bulls might need been the higher staff in opposition to Marquette for less than about 10 minutes, however they picked the proper 10 minutes. South Florida trailed by 11 late within the third quarter and did not have its first lead till 1:21 remained in regulation. Main scorer Elena Tsineke missed eight of her first 9 pictures however scored 11 of her 13 factors within the fourth quarter and time beyond regulation, together with the sphere purpose that finally determined the sport. Dulcy Fankam Mendjiadeu was her normal dominant self on the boards and completed with 22 factors and 16 rebounds, her twenty fourth double-double of the season, however her process will get way more troublesome with Aliyah Boston and Kamilla Cardoso awaiting in Spherical 2.
Up subsequent: vs. South Carolina on Sunday (1 p.m. ET, ABC)
NCAA seed: No. 9 (Greenville 2)
First spherical: Defeated Oklahoma State 62-61
The Hurricanes had been one other a kind of groups that erased an enormous deficit. They had been down 17 earlier than a second-half rally put them within the second spherical for the second consecutive yr. Requested about what changes she made to show across the recreation, coach Katie Meier was her typical trustworthy self: She stated there have been none. The primary half was only a sequence of unhealthy breaks. If her staff simply stayed the course and adopted the unique recreation plan, Miami would discover its approach again. She was proper. From halftime till there was 5:37 left within the ultimate quarter, the Hurricanes outscored the Cowgirls 33-9. Haley Cavinder fueled the fifth-largest comeback in NCAA match historical past with 12 of her 16 factors after halftime, and she or he made the deciding free throw with 8.9 seconds left.
Up subsequent: vs. Indiana on Monday
NCAA seed: No. 12 (Seattle)
First spherical: Defeated Iowa State 80-73
The Rockets performed like a staff nonetheless offended about not making the NCAA match a yr in the past. This season, they left nothing to probability with their bid by profitable the MAC match after which took no possibilities in opposition to the Cyclones, taking the lead halfway by way of the second quarter and by no means giving it up. The upset marked Toledo’s first NCAA match win since 1996. The Cyclones, who had been simply 9-9 in street/impartial courtroom video games this season, by no means discovered a solution for Toledo guard and MAC Participant of the 12 months Quinesha Lockett, who led everybody with 24 factors and 13 rebounds. Iowa State nice Ashley Joens scored 23 factors within the ultimate recreation of her school profession.
Up subsequent: vs. Tennessee on Monday