MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Jasmine Thomas matched her career-high with 29 points and sprinkled her stat line with a little bit of everything, and second-seeded Duke ended No. 11 seed San Diego State’s surprising NCAA tournament run with a 66-58 victory Saturday to reach the Memphis Regional final.
Thomas also finished with five rebounds, six assists and five steals in her 33 minutes.
With the win, the Blue Devils (30-5) notched their eighth 30-win season in the past decade and moved to their first regional final since 2006, when they lost in overtime to Maryland in the national championship game.
“You still feel like you’re not done yet,” Duke forward Joy Cheek said. “We have one more game to get to the Final Four. That’s what we’re thinking about. The mission is not complete.”
San Diego State (23-11) had upset two ranked teams to reach this game for the first time since the tournament expanded to 64 in 1994.