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Lady Volunteers cruise into round of 16

Tue., March 23, 2010

Alicia Manning scored a career-high 17 points and had 10 rebounds to help No. 1-seeded Tennessee beat eighth-seeded Dayton 92-64 in the second round of the NCAA women’s tournament on Monday night at Knoxville, Tenn.

The Lady Vols (32-2) have been absent from the round of 16 only once in the tournament’s 29-year history, losing to Ball State last year in the opening round.

Dayton (25-8) was tasked with playing its second all-time NCAA tournament game in front of about 10,000 orange-clad fans.

University graduate Angie Bjorklund had 11 points for Tennessee, going 3 of 4 from behind the 3-point line.

Stanford 96, Iowa 67: Rosalyn Gold-Onwude hit a career-high seven 3-pointers on the way to a career-best 26 points and the top-seeded Cardinal shot a sizzling 68.8 percent in the first half and rolled past the eighth-seeded Hawkeyes at Stanford, Calif.

Gold-Onwude knew this game was going to be about the guards and 3-point shooting – and the Cardinal made their first nine shots from long range before JJ Hones’ miss 3:21 before halftime.

Nnemkadi Ogwumike added 23 points, nine rebounds and seven assists in Stanford’s 24th straight victory.

Florida State 66, St. John’s 65 (OT): Jacinta Monroe scored Florida State’s final four points of regulation to spark a last-ditch rally, then scored the game winner with 28.9 seconds left as the Seminoles beat the Red Storm at Tallahassee, Fla., in a game featuring 19 ties and 19 lead changes.

Monroe scored a game-high 16 points for Florida State (28-5).

Nadirah McKenith scored 15 for St. John’s (25-7), which was trying to reach the NCAA round of 16 for the first time.

St. John’s had a chance at the buzzer to win it. Da’Shena Stevens had a good look from the left wing, but her bank shot bounced off the rim as the horn sounded.

Duke 60, LSU 52: Jasmine Thomas scored 15 points to help the Blue Devils pull away late and beat the Tigers at Durham, N.C.

Bridgette Mitchell scored 12 points for Duke (29-5), who went ahead to stay on Thomas’ layup with 3 1/2 minutes left. Typically sure-handed LSU (21-10) matched a season high with 22 turnovers and had one field goal in the final 4 minutes.

Allison Hightower had 19 points and LaSondra Barrett added 12 for LSU.

Kentucky 70, Michigan State 52: Victoria Dunlap scored 21 points to lead the fourth-seeded Wildcats into the regional semifinals for the first time in 28 years with a victory over the Spartans at Louisville, Ky.

The Wildcats (27-7) moved on behind a dominant second half and a defense that held the Spartans (23-10) to 35 percent shooting while forcing 18 turnovers.

Kentucky used a 24-6 run midway burst shortly after halftime to turn a two-point game into a rout.

Baylor 49, Georgetown 33: Brittney Griner blocked an NCAA tournament record 14 shots in a horrid offensive game for both teams, leading the Bears to a victory over the Hoyas at Berkeley, Calif.

Griner broke the mark Pauline Jordan of UNLV set against Colorado in 1989 to help Baylor (25-9) advanced to play top-seeded Tennessee (32-2) in Saturday’s Memphis Regional semifinal.

Georgetown (26-7) missed its first 14 shots and had no answer offensively when Griner was in the game or when she was out with foul trouble. The Hoyas shot 17 percent and made fewer shots than Griner blocked, finishing 12 for 70 and matching the fifth fewest points ever scored in the tournament.

Georgia 74, Oklahoma State 71 (OT): Freshman Jasmine James scored 14 of her career-high 27 points in overtime to lead the Bulldogs to a victory over the Cowgirls at Tempe, Ariz.

Andrea Riley, the nation’s No. 3 scorer at 26.6 points per game, returned from a one-game suspension to score 31 for Oklahoma State. Her attempt for a game-tying 3-pointer banked off the rim at the buzzer.

Angel Robinson had 16 points and 15 rebounds for the Lady Bulldogs (25-8), who advanced to the NCAA regional semifinals for the 18th time under coach Andy Landers.

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