Reseeding the March Madness spherical of 32
No lead is secure within the 2023 ladies’s NCAA match.
On Friday, Georgia, Princeton and South Florida erased deficits to advance to the second spherical. That was simply an appetizer.
Saturday’s comebacks have been historic. For the primary time, three groups rallied from at the very least 16 factors right down to win on the identical day, based on ESPN Stats & Information. It’s simply the second time it has occurred in a single match, however Baylor, Miami and Ohio State all did it inside 4 hours. The Bears gained the large prize, getting back from an 18-point first-quarter deficit in opposition to Alabama. The Hurricanes have been down 17 to Oklahoma State at halftime. The Buckeyes trailed upset-minded James Madison by 14 halfway by way of the second quarter earlier than their press and the Columbus crowd obtained them going.
Two No. 12 seeds additionally gained Saturday after a No. 11 and No. 10 superior on Friday. The largest stunner: Toledo taking down Big 12 champion Iowa State. Florida Gulf Coast made its technique to the second spherical for the second straight yr, knocking out one other convention champion, the Pac-12’s Washington State.
And because the upsets and dominant performances give the sector a brand new look, we’re reshaping the panorama, too.
Reseeding the 32 groups remaining means some motion even among the many greatest groups. Did the No. 1 seeds do sufficient to remain on the high? Where do the double-digit seeds slot in now?
Based on the performances of the previous two days, and contemplating some accidents and participant availability, right here is our reseeded area of 32.
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No. 1 seeds
Aaliyah Edwards dominates with 28 factors in UConn’s first-round win
Aaliyah Edwards scores 28 factors, taking pictures 13-of-15 from the sector with seven rebounds in UConn’s win over Vermont within the first spherical of the NCAA match.
South Carolina Gamecocks
NCAA seed: No. 1 total (Greenville 1)
First spherical: Defeated Norfolk State 72-40
Anyone who hadn’t watched South Carolina earlier than Friday in all probability wasn’t as impressed as the remainder of us have been all season. The always-focused Gamecocks weren’t at all times in sync and did not shoot the ball effectively (38.9%). Yet, as anticipated, the Spartans by no means had an opportunity. South Carolina gained in all probably the most South Carolina methods potential: suffocating protection, dominant rebounding and nice bench manufacturing. Only two Gamecocks reached double figures, however 12 scored as coach Dawn Staley obtained your entire roster some doubtlessly priceless NCAA match minutes. It was merely taking good care of enterprise in Columbia.
Up subsequent: vs. South Florida on Sunday (1 p.m. ET, ABC)
NCAA seed: No. 1 (Seattle 4)
First spherical: Defeated Sacred Heart 92-49
This NCAA match marks the twenty fifth anniversary of Stanford dropping as a No. 1 seed to 16-seed Harvard. This model of the Cardinal made certain there was no hyperlink. After trailing early to the Pioneers, Stanford asserted management and was up by 19 factors at halftime. Playing with out 6-foot-4 second-team All-American Cameron Brink, out with a abdomen bug, the Cardinal nonetheless dominated inside with 56 factors within the paint and a plus-29 rebounding margin. The win was Stanford’s a hundredth in NCAA match play, which ranks third all-time behind Tennessee and UConn. The Cardinal are additionally one recreation away from their fifteenth consecutive Sweet 16.
Up subsequent: vs. Ole Miss on Sunday (9:30 p.m. ET, ESPN)
NCAA seed: No. 2 (Seattle 3)
First spherical: Defeated Vermont 95-52
The Huskies can win just a few other ways now that they are as wholesome as they have been all season. Saturday in opposition to Vermont, it was about utilizing their bodily superiority to dominate inside. Aaliyah Edwards and Dorka Juhasz have been the 2 greatest gamers on the courtroom and mixed to go 20-for-25 from the sector. Edwards established a profession excessive with 28 factors and was practically flawless because the Catamounts supplied little resistance in opposition to the Huskies, who scored their most factors in a recreation since mid-January. Many thought these Huskies have been worthy of a No. 1 seed. Now they’re. UConn now has gained 49 straight NCAA match video games within the Northeast, however the second-round recreation in opposition to Baylor would be the final one this yr. A win and the Huskies head to Seattle. The final time they did not make a Final Four was in 2007, which was additionally the final time they performed in a regional on the West Coast. That yr, UConn misplaced to LSU within the Elite Eight in Fresno.
Up subsequent: vs. Baylor on Monday
NCAA seed: No. 1
First spherical: Defeated Tennessee Tech 77-47
After some early anxious moments, the Hoosiers seemed simply wonderful with out Mackenzie Holmes in opposition to Tennessee Tech and pulled away in typical vogue: good taking pictures (58.0%), a number of contributors (9 Hoosiers scored) and strong protection (the Eagles shot 22.0% within the second half). However, Indiana cannot be thought of the second total group anymore if Holmes’ knee soreness continues to restrict her going ahead within the NCAA match. She is much too necessary to Indiana’s success to fake it’s the identical group with out her or even when she has diminished capabilities. The Hoosiers would nonetheless be ok to succeed in the Sweet 16, however because the competitors will get harder, Holmes’ well being turns into one of many match’s main storylines.
Up subsequent: vs. Miami on Monday
No. 2 seeds
Alissa Pili goes for 33 factors in Utah’s win
Alissa Pili goes for 33 factors, main Utah to the first-round win over Gardner-Webb.
NCAA seed: No. 2 (Seattle 4)
First spherical: Defeated SE Louisiana 95-43
A lesson may need been realized in Iowa City on Friday: Don’t verbally problem the Hawkeyes. Southeastern Louisiana coach Ayala Guzzardo was vital of Iowa’s protection previous to their matchup. The Hawkeyes proceeded to fully put the clamps on the Lions within the second half, holding them to 11 factors and simply three area objectives within the closing 20 minutes. The 52-point margin was the most important in an NCAA match recreation in Iowa program historical past. Caitlin Clark wanted solely 29 minutes to place up 26 factors, 12 assists and seven rebounds.
The Hawkeyes had an analogous consequence within the opening spherical final March, scoring 98 in opposition to Illinois State earlier than being held to 62 by Creighton in a second-round upset loss. Georgia may current a good better defensive problem than the Bluejays, making Sunday’s matchup one of the crucial intriguing of the second spherical.
Up subsequent: vs. Georgia on Sunday (3 p.m. ET, ABC)
Virginia Tech Hokies
NCAA seed: No. 1 (Seattle 3)
First spherical: Defeated Chattanooga 58-33
Like South Carolina, the Hokies eased into this yr’s NCAA match with out taking part in their A-game. When that occurred a yr in the past, Virginia Tech obtained eradicated within the opening spherical. This Hokies group is a lot better, and Virginia Tech had little hassle beating the Mocs regardless of its second-lowest scoring output of the season. Not surprisingly, the Hokies leaned on Elizabeth Kitley (12 factors, 14 rebounds) and Georgia Amoore (22 factors, 5-for-8 on 3-pointers) as they’ve throughout their now 12-game successful streak. Chattanooga was a low-scoring offense all season and was one of many worst rebounding groups within the nation. The Hokies exploited each areas, holding the Mocs to twenty-eight.6% taking pictures and outrebounding them 38-22. Neither of these issues might be as simple in opposition to South Dakota State, which may pose an issue for Virginia Tech if it does not play with somewhat extra punch within the assault.
Up subsequent: vs. South Dakota State on Sunday (5 p.m. ET, ESPN2)
NCAA seed: No. 2
First spherical: Defeated Holy Cross 93-61
The Terrapins weren’t taking any possibilities. They did not let Holy Cross breathe within the opening minutes, scoring the sport’s first 14 factors. And then lower than seven minutes into the sport, the Crusaders have been in a gap too deep. It was businesslike after that for Maryland, which pressured 24 turnovers and had 13 steals. The Terps did not want a lot out of main scorer and second-team All-American Diamond Miller. Her 13 factors marked Miller’s lowest output since Thanksgiving weekend. Getting 4 3-pointers from Brinae Alexander is an effective signal for the Terps because the competitors will get higher, beginning with Arizona.
Up subsequent: vs. Arizona on Sunday (5:30 p.m. ET, ESPN)
NCAA seed: No. 2 (Greenville 2)
First spherical: Defeated Gardner-Webb 103-77
Alissa Pili was one of the crucial environment friendly and productive gamers within the nation all season. She took it to a different degree in opposition to Gardner-Webb. The Pac-12 Player of the Year scored a career-high 33 factors on simply 17 photographs. Pili added eight rebounds and eight assists, main the Utes, who had 32 assists on 37 made area objectives. The Runnin’ Bulldogs got here into the sport on a 21-game successful streak, however their technique of taking part in Pili one-on-one within the put up was unsuccessful from the beginning. Pili both scored or assisted on Utah’s first 5 baskets. Princeton will pose extra of a defensive problem, however the Utes might be taking part in one other double-digit seed as they attempt to advance to their first Sweet 16 since 2006.
Up subsequent: Princeton on Sunday (7 p.m. ET, ESPN2)
No. 3 seeds
Cotie McMahon with the large block on the rim
Cotie McMahon with the large block on the rim
NCAA seed: No. 3 (Greenville 2)
First spherical: Defeated Hawai’i 73-50
Despite a cushty win and second consecutive journey to the second spherical since Kim Mulkey’s arrival, the Tigers’ largest takeaway Friday is likely to be that Angel Reese wants extra assist. The sophomore’s 34-point, 15-rebound efficiency was the most effective by an SEC participant within the NCAA match this century, however freshman Flau’jae Johnson (10 factors) was the one different LSU participant in double figures. The remainder of the group mixed to shoot simply 33.3% from the sector. Against a veteran Michigan group, the Tigers will seemingly want extra contributions to advance.
Up subsequent: vs. Michigan on Sunday (7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN)
Ohio State Buckeyes
NCAA seed: No. 3 (Seattle 3)
First spherical: Defeated James Madison 80-66
Falling behind early has turn into a curious hallmark of those Buckeyes. They got here from 24 right down to beat Indiana within the Big Ten match, they usually did it once more Saturday in opposition to the Dukes. After falling behind by 16 halfway by way of the second quarter, Ohio State used its vaunted full-court press to fully flip across the recreation. The Buckeyes pressured 20 turnovers and ultimately flipped the rating to a 16-point lead earlier than successful by 14. The 32-point turnaround and this system’s sixth straight NCAA match with at the very least one win is the excellent news. The dangerous information is Ohio State made solely two 3-pointers and dedicated 27 fouls.
Up subsequent: vs. North Carolina on Monday
Tennessee Lady Vols
NCAA seed: No. 4 (Seattle 3)
First spherical: Defeated Saint Louis 95-50
All the traits that enticed so many specialists to place Tennessee within the high 5 within the preseason have been on show in opposition to Saint Louis. The Lady Vols dominated with their size defensively, managed the boards and obtained environment friendly scoring from stars Jordan Horston (21 factors, 9-of-11 from the sector) and Rickea Jackson (18 factors, 8-of-13 from the sector). Any ideas of an upset disappeared shortly and the gang at Thompson-Boling Arena had a comparatively stress-free afternoon. That type of dominance is sufficient to transfer the Lady Vols up a seed line. A yr in the past, the Lady Vols additionally drew a No. 12 seed coming off an upset within the second spherical, and simply survived Belmont to get to the Sweet 16. Toledo brings an analogous problem.
Up subsequent: vs. Toledo on Monday
Duke Blue Devils
NCAA seed: No. 3 (Seattle 4)
First spherical: Defeated Iona 89-49
The Blue Devils mixed to attain 81 factors within the final two video games within the ACC match. So take into account Saturday’s 89-point output in opposition to the Gaels an offensive renaissance. As is at all times the case with this Duke group, the assault begins with protection, which registered 11 steals, however 4 gamers in double figures and 58.5& taking pictures is an effective signal whatever the opponent. That’s why the Blue Devils obtained the nod over Notre Dame, Villanova and Texas — all of which additionally registered blowout wins — for the ultimate No. 3 seed.
Up subsequent: vs. Colorado on Monday
No. 4 seeds
Maddy Siegrist cooks Cleveland State for 35 factors
Maddy Siegrist continues her stellar season as she scores 35 factors in Villanova’s first-round win over Cleveland State.
Notre Dame Fighting Irish
NCAA seed: No. 3 (Greenville 1)
First spherical: Defeated Southern Utah 82-56
Perhaps it was a St. Patrick’s Day spark, or the matchup with the Thunderbirds was excellent, however the Irish’s offense seemed simply wonderful with out Olivia Miles. The 27 first-quarter factors little doubt offered some confidence to a group that totaled simply 38 within the ACC match semifinals in opposition to Louisville with out Miles. With the information that Miles will not play within the NCAA match due to a knee harm she suffered within the regular-season finale, Niele Ivey has turned extra of the ballhandling duties to Sonia Citron, and the sophomore responded with 14 factors, six assists and, most significantly, zero turnovers. Notre Dame’s NCAA match ceiling is decrease with out Miles, however for at some point at the very least the Irish did extra than simply survive.
Up subsequent: vs. Mississippi State on Sunday (3:30 p.m. ET, ESPN)
NCAA seed: No. 4 (Greenville 2)
First spherical: Defeated Cleveland State 76-59
Only 4 gamers in Division I historical past had scored 1,000 factors in a single season. After Villanova’s simple win over Cleveland State on Saturday, that quantity is 5. Maddy Siegrist led the best way, as she virtually at all times does for the Wildcats, with 35 factors, and within the course of she joined Jackie Stiles, Odyssey Sims, Kelsey Plum and Megan Gustafson on that unique checklist. Siegrist, who entered the match averaging a nation-best 28.9 factors per recreation, scored 22 of her 35 factors within the first half as Villanova constructed a 21-point lead in a recreation that was by no means unsure.
Up subsequent: vs. Florida Gulf Coast on Monday
NCAA seed: No. 4 (Seattle 4)
First spherical: Defeated East Carolina 79-40
Overwhelmed might be the easiest way to explain what East Carolina was feeling in opposition to the Longhorns on Saturday. Texas put the clamps on the Pirates, permitting simply 10 area objectives your entire recreation. The different piece of excellent information for Texas was the return of Sonya Morris. The senior guard performed 13 minutes and scored 4 factors in her first recreation since Feb. 4. Morris missed 10 video games with a quadriceps harm, however her outdoors taking pictures is a key to a deep Longhorns run. The Texas win additionally put three Big 12 groups into the second spherical after the league started the match 0-3.
Up subsequent: vs. Louisville on Monday
NCAA seed: No. 4 (Greenville 1)
First spherical: Defeated Sacramento State 67-45
The Bruins’ snug win over Big Sky champ Sacramento State gave the Pac-12 a 5-2 report within the first spherical. That matched the Big Ten for the second-best report amongst multiple-bid leagues. (The SEC completed 7-1.) Five totally different Bruins scored within the first 4 minutes as UCLA raced to a 16-2 lead within the first spherical’s closing recreation. That type of steadiness continued and the Bruins simply averted being a sufferer of one other massive comeback. The win units up a recreation with Oklahoma in what could possibly be the most effective matchup of the second spherical.
Up subsequent: vs. Oklahoma on Monday
No. 5 seeds
Michigan will get opening spherical win over UNLV
Michigan is ready to decide up the first-round win over UNLV and advance to the second spherical of the NCAA Women’s match.
NCAA seed: No. 6 (Seattle 4)
First spherical: Defeated Middle Tennessee 82-60
Colorado was speculated to have a measurement and rebounding benefit over Middle Tennessee. The Buffs weren’t supposed to have the ability to outshoot one of the crucial efficient offensive groups within the nation. But they did simply that, making a season-best 13 3-pointers in probably the most dominant first-round efficiency by a group outdoors the top-four seeds. And once they did miss, that measurement benefit delivered, too. At one level within the second half, Colorado had as many offensive rebounds because the Blue Raiders had complete boards. After being an upset sufferer to Creighton within the first spherical a yr in the past, the Buffs gained their first NCAA match recreation in 22 years.
Up subsequent: vs. Duke on Monday
NCAA seed: No. 5 (Seattle 4)
First spherical: Defeated Drake 83-81
The No. 5 seed was wanting like an endangered species. The first two that performed Saturday have been bounced, and Louisville was in a battle with Drake. Some key defensive performs and 5 factors within the closing 16 seconds from Hailey Van Lith helped the Cardinals keep away from the identical destiny as Iowa State and Washington State. Louisville has gained at the very least one recreation within the NCAA match yearly since 2011. Van Lith carried the load with 26 factors, however Olivia Cochran and Liz Dixon mixed for simply 13 factors in opposition to a small Bulldogs group. If the Cardinals are going to get to a sixth consecutive Sweet 16, that pair of posts should play a lot greater in opposition to the bodily Longhorns.
Up subsequent: vs. Texas on Monday
NCAA seed: No. 6
First spherical: Defeated UNLV 71-59
The Wolverines misplaced within the quarterfinals of the Big Ten match, they usually seemed like they benefited from the layoff. Michigan appeared sharper in opposition to UNLV than it had at any time within the common season’s closing three weeks. It’s a formulation that breeds Michigan success: Emily Kiser obtained on the boards (10 rebounds, 18 factors), Maddie Nolan made perimeter photographs (4 of 6 3-pointers, 18 factors) and Leigha Brown ran the offense (17 factors, seven assists). If the veterans produce like that once more, a 3rd straight journey to the Sweet 16 is a chance.
Up subsequent: vs. LSU on Sunday (7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN)
NCAA seed: No. 5 (Greenville 1)
First spherical: Defeated Portland 85-63
When Aubrey Joens left Iowa State for Oklahoma, she in all probability did not suppose she could be taking part in deeper into the NCAA match than her sister, Ashley. But with the Cyclones eradicated in one in all Saturday’s largest upsets, and Aubrey scoring eight of her 14 factors in a key third quarter rally, it is the Sooners, not Iowa State, that performs on. It took Oklahoma somewhat time to shake the WCC match champion Pilots, however an enormous second half obtained the nation’s second-highest scoring group proper to its common, and the Sooners their second NCAA match win in as a few years underneath Jennie Baranczyk.
Up subsequent: vs. UCLA on Monday
No. 6 seeds
Deja Kelly’s and-1 proves to be winner in wild UNC victory
Deja Kelly’s and-1 stands because the winner for North Carolina after St. John’s Danielle Patterson misses free throws down the stretch.
North Carolina Tar Heels
NCAA seed: No. 6 (Seattle 3)
First spherical: Defeated St. John’s 61-59
Nothing has been simple for North Carolina this season, so why ought to its first NCAA match recreation be any totally different? After main from the opening leap, the Tar Heels out of the blue discovered themselves trailing halfway by way of the fourth quarter. After battling again, North Carolina obtained a three-point play from Deja Kelly after which needed to survive missed free throws by the Red Storm to advance. An 0-3 ACC begin, early February accidents to 2 starters and a disappointing efficiency within the ACC match at the moment are behind the Tar Heels, who improved to 3-2 within the NCAA match underneath Courtney Banghart.
Up subsequent: vs. Ohio State on Monday
Ole Miss Rebels
NCAA seed: No. 8 (Seattle 4)
First spherical: Defeated Gonzaga 71-48
After the primary spherical, Ole Miss coach Yolett McPhee-McCuin wrote on Twitter, “We defend.” Her group actually did. The Rebels have been bodily with Gonzaga from the beginning and held probably the most correct 3-point taking pictures group within the nation to 1-for-17 from deep. Ole Miss shortly turned an 8-9 recreation right into a mismatch in one of many first spherical’s most spectacular performances. A 15-2 run halfway by way of the second quarter, highlighted by three Snudda Collins 3-pointers, appeared to crush Gonzaga’s spirit. Ole Miss by no means let the Zags again into the sport and obtained this system’s first NCAA match win since 2007.
Up subsequent: vs. Stanford on Sunday (9:30 p.m. ET, ESPN)
NCAA seed: No. 7
First spherical: Defeated West Virginia 75-62
The Wildcats have now gained at the very least one recreation up to now three NCAA tournaments, they usually did it counting on the veterans who’ve been there for all of them. Cate Reese and Shaina Pellington mixed for 43 factors and helped Arizona management the sport all through. Getting to the Sweet 16 would possibly depend upon some enchancment from the 3-point line, the place Arizona made 2-of-12 in opposition to the Mountaineers, and taking part in higher on the highway. Facing Maryland in College Park is a a lot greater problem, and the Wildcats are simply 7-5 on the highway this season.
Up subsequent: vs. Maryland on Sunday (5:30 p.m. ET, ESPN)
South Dakota State Jackrabbits
NCAA seed: No. 9
First spherical: Defeated USC 62-57 OT
Now in her sixth yr at South Dakota State, Myah Selland has been this system’s greatest participant since her sophomore season. And it was solely becoming that Selland led the best way within the Jackrabbits’ first NCAA match win since 2019. At occasions, USC could not cease her, despite the fact that it was apparent who was getting the ball. Selland completed with 29 factors and scored South Dakota State’s first 9 factors within the further interval. She was merely an excessive amount of for the Trojans to beat. The final time they have been right here, the Jackrabbits superior to the Sweet 16.
Up subsequent: vs. Virginia Tech (5 p.m. ET, ESPN2)
No. 7 seeds
Grace Stone, Princeton come up massive late to upset NC State
Grace Stone hits a go-ahead 3-pointer late within the recreation, then Princeton prevents NC State from getting a closing shot off in a 64-63 win.
Mississippi State Bulldogs
NCAA seed: No. 11 (Greenville 1)
First spherical: Defeated Creighton 81-66
“Talk to me nice” has been coach Sam Purcell’s mantra all through his first season in Starkville, however his group has been something however good to its opponents within the NCAA match. After disposing of Illinois within the First Four, the Bulldogs have been much more spectacular in taking out Creighton, final yr’s Cinderella. Mississippi State imposed its measurement, athleticism and depth on the Bluejays from the opening minutes and by no means relented. The Bulldogs by no means trailed and are the primary 2-0 group on this yr’s match.
Up subsequent: vs. Notre Dame on Sunday (3:30 p.m. ET, ESPN)
Florida Gulf Coast Eagles
NCAA seed: No. 12 (Greenville 2)
First spherical: Defeated Washington State 74-63
For a second straight yr, the Eagles are into the second spherical as a No. 12 seed after beating the Cougars. FGCU does two issues on offense: shoot 3-pointers and take layups. On Saturday, coach Karl Smesko leaned into attending to the rim. The nation’s most prolific 3-point-shooting group made solely 5 treys Saturday however scored 50 factors within the paint. FGCU routinely took the ball proper on the Cougars, who by no means discovered a solution. The analytics method gained once more. The Eagles took solely two photographs outdoors of the lane that weren’t 3-pointers. Maryland was an excessive amount of bodily for FGCU in final yr’s second spherical, however that should not be the case in opposition to Villanova in what could possibly be a high-scoring second-round recreation.
Up subsequent: vs. Villanova on Monday
NCAA seed: No. 7 (Seattle 3)
First spherical: Defeated Alabama 78-74
Heading into the match, Baylor was taking pictures 31.4% on 3-pointers — which ranks one hundred and sixtieth within the nation. Against Alabama, the Bears have been 14-for-28 from 3-point vary to turn into the third group Saturday to erase a double-digit deficit. Of the three comebacks, Baylor’s was the largest and probably the most unbelievable. Baylor misplaced six of its closing 9 video games heading into the Big Dance, and when Baylor obtained down 22-4 after the primary quarter, it seemed like these troubles have been persevering with. Then the 3-pointers started to fall. Ja’Mee Asberry, a 31% 3-point shooter on the season, made seven of the long-range photographs Saturday to steer the Bears with 26 factors.
Up subsequent: vs. UConn on Monday
NCAA seed: No. 10 (Greenville 2)
First spherical: Defeated NC State 64-63
After combating their method again into the sport late within the fourth quarter, the Tigers nonetheless seemed like they could come up quick. Then got here an premature turnover for NC State and a wonderfully executed play for a Grace Stone 3-pointer, and Princeton had the upset and one other first-round victory. Not as offensively proficient as they’ve been in recent times, protection was the Tigers’ calling card all season, they usually held the Wolfpack scoreless for the ultimate 5:43 to present themselves an opportunity. It paid off in Stone’s third game-winning shot this season. Utah’s offense might be a tall process, however Villanova and UConn every solely scored 69 in opposition to Princeton, two video games the Tigers have been in till the tip.
Up subsequent: vs. Utah on Sunday (7 p.m. ET, ESPN2)
No. 8 seeds
Tishara Morehouse drives and will get the and-1 to fall
Tishara Morehouse fights off her defender for a Florida Gulf Coast and-1.
Georgia Lady Bulldogs
NCAA seed: No. 10 (Seattle 4)
First spherical: Defeated Florida State 66-54
The Lady Bulldogs may need let injury-depleted FSU grasp round somewhat longer than they’d have preferred, however an enormous late-third-quarter/early-fourth-quarter run put the sport away. Georgia used the bodily zone protection coach Katie Abrahamson-Henderson introduced along with her from UCF to stifle Florida State, which did not have main scorer Ta’Niya Latson and was with out second-leading scorer Makayla Timpson for a lot of the primary half after she suffered a minimize close to her eye. Diamond Battles, who got here with Abrahamson-Henderson from UCF, scored 21 factors and is without doubt one of the SEC’s greatest backcourt defenders. Battles and Georgia’s zone get the final word take a look at in Round 2 with Caitlin Clark and Iowa awaiting.
Up subsequent: vs. Iowa on Sunday (3 p.m. ET, ABC)
South Florida Bulls
NCAA seed: No. 8 (Greenville 1)
First spherical: Defeated Marquette 67-65 OT
The Bulls may need been the higher group in opposition to Marquette for under about 10 minutes, however they picked the best 10 minutes. South Florida trailed by 11 late within the third quarter and did not have its first lead till 1:21 remained in regulation. Leading scorer Elena Tsineke missed eight of her first 9 photographs however scored 11 of her 13 factors within the fourth quarter and time beyond regulation, together with the sector aim that in the end determined the sport. Dulcy Fankam Mendjiadeu was her traditional dominant self on the boards and completed with 22 factors and 16 rebounds, her twenty fourth double-double of the season, however her process will get rather more tough with Aliyah Boston and Kamilla Cardoso awaiting in Round 2.
Up subsequent: vs. South Carolina on Sunday (1 p.m. ET, ABC)
NCAA seed: No. 9 (Greenville 2)
First spherical: Defeated Oklahoma State 62-61
The Hurricanes have been one other a kind of groups that erased an enormous deficit. They have been down 17 earlier than a second-half rally put them within the second spherical for the second consecutive yr. Asked about what changes she made to show across the recreation, coach Katie Meier was her typical trustworthy self: She stated there have been none. The first half was only a collection of dangerous breaks. If her group simply stayed the course and adopted the unique recreation plan, Miami would discover its method again. She was proper. From halftime till there was 5:37 left within the closing quarter, the Hurricanes outscored the Cowgirls 33-9. Haley Cavinder fueled the fifth-largest comeback in NCAA match historical past with 12 of her 16 factors after halftime, and he or she made the deciding free throw with 8.9 seconds left.
Up subsequent: vs. Indiana on Monday
NCAA seed: No. 12 (Seattle)
First spherical: Defeated Iowa State 80-73
The Rockets performed like a group nonetheless offended about not making the NCAA match a yr in the past. This season, they left nothing to likelihood with their bid by successful the MAC match after which took no possibilities in opposition to the Cyclones, taking the lead halfway by way of the second quarter and by no means giving it up. The upset marked Toledo’s first NCAA match win since 1996. The Cyclones, who have been simply 9-9 in highway/impartial courtroom video games this season, by no means discovered a solution for Toledo guard and MAC Player of the Year Quinesha Lockett, who led everybody with 24 factors and 13 rebounds. Iowa State nice Ashley Joens scored 23 factors within the closing recreation of her school profession.
Up subsequent: vs. Tennessee on Monday