NCAA women's Tournament: Huskies' defense sinks Boilermakers

Associated Press

Published: Tuesday, March 22 2011 11:23 p.m. MDT

STORRS, Conn. — Tiffany Hayes scored 23 points, Maya Moore added 16 and No. 1 Connecticut put on a defensive clinic to beat ninth-seeded Purdue 64-40 on Tuesday night in the second round of the women's NCAA tournament.

The Huskies (33-1) advanced to the regional semifinals for the 18th straight season, the longest active streak in the nation. The victory was UConn's 22nd straight overall and 83rd in a row at home, and allowed Moore and fellow senior Lorin Dixon to go out in style.

They were playing their final game at Gampel Pavilion, and became the first UConn seniors to finish unbeaten at home. They were 40-0 at their on-campus arena and also went undefeated on their other home court, the XL Center in Hartford. They're 148-3 overall in their careers.

Drey Mingo scored nine points to lead Purdue (21-12).

GEORGETOWN 79, MARYLAND 57: At College Park, Md., Sugar Rodgers scored a career-high 34 points, and fifth-seeded Georgetown breezed past fourth-seed Maryland to reach the round of 16 for the first time.

The Hoyas (24-10) bolted to an 11-0 lead, made it 40-26 at halftime and increased the margin to 23 points with 16:23 left. They'll play top-seeded Connecticut in the Philadelphia Regional.

Georgetown went 0-2 against their Big East rivals this season.

Making its third appearance in the NCAA tournament, Georgetown dominated both sides of the court in this matchup of rival schools located only 15 miles apart.

Alyssa Thomas had 23 points and 14 rebounds for Maryland (24-8), and Lynetta Kizer contributed 11 points and 10 rebounds. But the Terrapins, playing on their home floor, shot a miserable 32 percent and committed 20 turnovers.

BAYLOR 82, WEST VIRGINIA 68: At Waco, Texas, Brittney Griner had 30 points even after sitting on the bench the final 9 minutes of the first half because of foul trouble, and top-seeded Baylor rolled into the round of 16 for the sixth time in eight years.

Baylor next plays Wisconsin-Green Bay in the NCAA tournament.

The Bears (33-2) already had a 14-point lead and Griner had 10 points when she picked up her second foul, but West Virginia managed to only trim that deficit to 11 by halftime.

Griner started the second half with an easy layup after a lob pass from Odyssey Sims. When the Mountaineers (24-10) later scored nine straight points, Griner ended the surge with a block followed by a strong inside basket.

Liz Repella had 29 points for West Virginia.

LOUISVILLE 85, XAVIER 75: At Cincinnati, Shoni Schimmel scored a career-high 33 points, leading a late comeback that swept Louisville to a victory over No. 2-seed Xavier on its home court.

The Cardinals (22-12) go to Spokane to play Gonzaga in a regional semifinal on Saturday.

Xavier (29-3) had no answer for Schimmel, who rallied the Cardinals from a seven-point deficit with 5:58 to go. It was a stunning collapse by Xavier, which made it to the Elite Eight last season and had won 19 in a row behind Amber Harris and Ta'Shia Phillips.

Harris led Xavier with 20 points, and the Musketeers made a season-high 14 3s while leading most of the way. They simply couldn't stop Schimmel to close it out. When Harris left the game with 20 seconds to go, she pulled up her gray No. 11 jersey to hide her face.

OKLAHOMA 88, MIAMI 83: At Charlottesville, Va., Danielle Robinson scored six straight points to break open a tied game, and sixth-seeded Oklahoma held on to beat third-seeded Miami.

Whitney Hand scored a career-high 27 points to lead the Sooners (23-11), who will move on to the Dayton Regional two victories away from a third straight trip to the Final Four.

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