Heather Burge scored 19 points as the No. 2-ranked Virginia Cavaliers put on a strong second half run to beat the No. 25 Oklahoma State Cowgirls 76-61 Thursday night in the semifinals of the NCAA Women's Midwest Regionals.
Virginia (29-2) will meet Lamar, who upset Southwest Conference champion Arkansas 91-75, in the regional final at 7 p.m. MST Saturday in the Frank Erwin Special Events Center.Tammi Reiss and Dawn Staley each scored 14 points and Heidi Burge added 12 points as the Cavaliers, the top-seeded team left in the tournament, advanced to a regional final for the second consecutive year.
The Cowgirls (27-6), making their first appearance into the final 16, were led by Lisa McGill who had 17 points, Liz Brown who scored 16 points, and Shea Jackson who added 13.
Virginia put the game away with a 24-6 run early in the second half as the Cavs' superior depth took its toll.
Lamar, seeded 10th in its first NCAA tournament, is the lowest seed ever to reach a regional final. Brenda Hatchett, with six 3-pointers and 23 points, led Lamar.
The Lady Cardinals (29-3), who hit 11 of their first 12 shots, had five players in double figures. Uirannah Jackson had 20 points, Bobbie Bean scored 14, Barbara Hickey and Tracie Mosley each scored 11 points, and Ramona Jones added 10.
Delmonica DeHorney led the Lady Razorbacks (28-4) with a season-high 33 points. Sha Hopson added 14 and Sally Moore scored 11 points for the losers.
Tennessee 68, W. Kentucky 61
At Knoxville, Tenn., Daedra Charles, held without a point or rebound in the first half, had 11 points and eight rebounds in the second half.
Tennessee (27-5), top-seeded in the Mideast, got 13 points each from Dena Head, Kelli Casteel and Nikki Caldwell. The teams were tied 14 times and the lead changed hands 12 times.
Charles, the Lady Vols' All-American center, got three quick fouls in the first half and played just 41/2 ineffectual minutes. But her work on the boards in the second half lifted the Lady Vols to victory.
Auburn 58, Vanderbilt 45
At Knoxville, Tenn., C.C. Hayden scored 16 points and Auburn (26-6) held Vanderbilt without a point for more than 10 minutes of the first half, then withstood a second-half rally.
Vanderbilt (19-12) led 10-9 when Jade Huntington made two free throws with 15:12 left in the first half. Then things fell apart for the Lady Commodores.
Connecticut 82, N. Carolina St. 71
At Philadelphia, Kerry Bascom scored 23 points and Laura Lishness added 22 points as Connecticut defeated North Carolina State.
Connecticut (28-4) led 34-30 at the half, but the Wolfpack (27-6) went on a 13-2 run at the start of the second half to take a 43-36 lead on a jumper by Danyel Parker with 15:46 to play.
The Huskies responded with a 16-2 spurt to take a 52-45 advantage on a 3-pointer by Orly Grossman at 11:00.
Clemson 57, James Madison 55
At Philadelphia, Peggy Sells' only shot of the game, a 14-foot jumper with two seconds left, lifted Clemson (22-10) to victory.
A layup by Brandy Cruthird with 1:06 remaining gave James Madison (26-5) a 55-53 edge, but Cheron Wells made two free throws for Clemson to tie the score at 55-55 with 45 seconds to go.
Jackie Farmer had 18 points and Wells 14 for Clemson, while Schuler had 20 and Vicki Harris 14 for the Dukes.
Stanford 73, Washington 47
At Las Vegas, Val Whiting had 17 points and 14 rebounds to lead Stanford (25-5), the defending NCAA champion.
Trailing Washington (24-5) 30-24 at halftime, second-seeded Stanford had runs of 13-4 and 18-2 in the second half.
Kelly Dougherty scored 13 points and Christy Hedgpeth 12 for Stanford. Erika Hardwick, Tara Davis and Karen Deden led Washington with 8 points apiece.
Georgia 87, Long Beach State 77
At Las Vegas, Lady Hardmon scored 26 points as Georgia held off a late rally by Long Beach State in the final four minutes.
Camille Lowe had 14 for the Lady Bulldogs (23-3) while Adrienne Shuler scored 12.
With Georgia leading 75-62, Dana Wilkerson scored 6 straight points for the 49ers during a 10-2 run that cut the lead to 77-72.