SEATTLE — Scoreless for 31 minutes, Gonzaga’s Tiffany Shives had 14 of her 16 points in a crucial five-minute stretch of the second half and the seventh-seeded Bulldogs held off No. 10 seed North Carolina 82-76 on Saturday night in the first-round of the NCAA women’s tournament.
Trailing 58-56, Shives broke a five-minute scoring drought for the Bulldogs with a baseline jumper with 8:59 left. That was just the start for the senior. She then hit four consecutive 3-pointers, scoring 14 of the Bulldogs 16 points as they surged into the lead.
North Carolina used its superior size on the interior to stay close, pulling within 72-71 with 3:51 left, but the Bulldogs closed on an 10-5 run. They will play No. 2 seed Texas A&M in Monday’s second-round.
Katelan Redmon led Gonzaga (28-4) with 18 points. Chay Shegog led the Tar Heels (19-12) with 19 points on 9-of-10 shooting.