Walker, Aggies upend DePaul
Courtney Walker scored 25 points to power Texas A&M to an 84-65 victory over DePaul in a semifinal of the Lincoln Regional on Saturday.
The Aggies (27-8) led by 14 points at halftime and turned back two DePaul runs. Courtney Williams had 14 of her 15 points in the second half.
DePaul (29-7) shot 40 percent, 28 percent in the first half, and struggled defensively against the physical Aggies. Jasmine Penny had 16 of her 24 points in the second half and Megan Rogowski added 14 points for the Blue Demons.
Texas A&M shot 60 percent and has won each of its three tournament games by at least 15 points.
Karla Gilbert and Jordan Jones had 11 points apiece to lead the Aggies. Texas A&M will play Connecticut for a spot in the Final Four.
Notre Dame 89, Oklahoma State 72: Natalie Achonwa got Notre Dame going early and never let up as she finished with 23 points and Jewell Loyd added 20 to lead the Fighting Irish to a victory over Oklahoma State in a Notre Dame Regional semifinal.
Notre Dame (35-0) is a victory away from its fourth straight Final Four berth, while the Cowgirls (25-9) missed a chance to advance to a regional final for the first time in school history. They fell to 0-3 in regional semifinals.
To get to the Final Four, the Irish will have to beat Baylor, the last team to knock off Notre Dame at home.
Baylor 90, Kentucky 72: Odyssey Sims scored 25 points, including her 1,000th this season, to lead the No. 2 seed Lady Bears (32-4) to a rout of the third-seeded Wildcats (26-9) in the Notre Dame Regional semifinal.
Sims became only the second player to reach that milestone in a single season. She is 41 points behind Jackie Stiles’ record of 1,062 for one year set in 2001.
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