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Women’s basketball: South Carolina tops Oregon State to reach Sweet 16

Wed., March 26, 2014, midnight

Aleighsa Welch had 21 points and 11 rebounds, Tiffany Mitchell added 20 points and 10 boards, and top-seeded South Carolina (29-4) used its size and athleticism to overwhelm No. 9 seed Oregon State 78-69 on Tuesday in the second round of the NCAA tournament at Seattle.

The Gamecocks are headed to the Sweet 16 and will face No. 4 seed North Carolina in the Stanford Region semifinals on Sunday.

Jamie Weisner of Clarkston led Oregon State (24-11) with 21 points.

Connecticut 91, Saint Joseph’s 52: Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis had the third triple-double in school history as the Huskies (36-0) moved into their 21st straight NCAA regional semifinal with a rout of the Hawks (23-10) at Storrs, Conn.

Mosqueda-Lewis had 20 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists.

Maryland 69, Texas 64: Alyssa Thomas scored all 16 of her points in the second half, and the Terrapins (26-6) squeezed past the cold-shooting Longhorns (22-12) at College Park, Md., to reach the Sweet 16.

The fourth-seeded Terrapins next face Tennessee in the Louisville Regional

Penn State 83, Florida 61: Maggie Lucas and Dara Taylor each scored 22 points to send the Lions into the Sweet 16 with a win over the Gators (20-13) at State College, Pa. Third-seeded Penn State (24-7) will play at No. 2 Stanford on Sunday.

North Carolina 62, Michigan St. 53: Freshman Diamond DeShields had 24 points and a season-high 12 rebounds to help the Tar Heels (26-9) beat the Spartans (23-10) at Chapel Hill, N.C.

Texas A&M 85, James Madison 69: Courtney Williams scored 23 points and Karla Gilbert added 20 points with 15 rebounds to help the Aggies (26-8) beat the Dukes (29-6) at College Station, Texas.

Louisville 83, Iowa 53: Shoni Schimmel had 26 points, seven assists and five steals to help the Cardinals (32-4) thump the Hawkeyes (27-9) at Iowa City, Iowa, to earn their fifth trip to the Sweet 16.



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