GREENSBORO, N.C. Rutgers got the big early lead then held on when George Washington made its run. Now the Scarlet Knights can look forward to another matchup with Connecticut this time with a Final Four berth at stake.
Essence Carson scored 25 points Sunday to help the Scarlet Knights beat the Colonials 53-42, sending them to Tuesday's Greensboro Regional championship for a third meeting with their Big East Conference rivals.
Epiphanny Prince added 12 points for second-seeded Rutgers (27-6), which handed the Huskies their only loss in early February. Connecticut, the No. 1 overall seed in the tournament, avenged the 73-71 defeat by winning the rematch by 20 points earlier this month.
Jessica Adair scored 16 points to lead the sixth-seeded Colonials (27-7), who fell to 1-3 in regional semifinal games in the tournament. George Washington hasn't won in the round of 16 since upsetting top-seeded North Carolina in 1997.
CONNECTICUT 78, OLD DOMINION 63: At Greensboro, N.C., the NCAA tournament isn't supposed to be this easy for Maya Moore even if it always seems that way for Connecticut.
The Huskies' star freshman had 25 points and 11 rebounds in her second straight 20-point postseason performance, leading top-seeded UConn past Old Dominion. Renee Montgomery added 13 points for the Huskies (35-1), who never trailed, shot 47.5 percent and put the game away with a 20-1 run early in the second half. They earned their 14th straight victory and claimed their third straight berth in the round of eight. Next up for coach Geno Auriemma's powerhouse program is Big East rival Rutgers.
Tiffany Green had 15 points and 10 rebounds for Old Dominion (31-5), which went 6 1/2 minutes between field goals and used a too-little-too-late rally to make the final score respectable in its first regional appearance since 2002 when UConn beat the Lady Monarchs in the Mideast Regional finals.
TEXAS A&M 77, DUKE 63: At Oklahoma City, Patrice Reado scored all 17 of her points in the second half and Texas A&M overcame the loss of standout Danielle Gant to beat Duke, giving the Aggies the school's first berth in the regional finals. Takia Starks added 15 points for second-seeded Texas A&M (29-7), which extended its winning streak to 12 games and will play top-seeded Tennessee on Tuesday for berth in the Final Four. Texas A&M coach Gary Blair said before the game that the Aggies would prefer to keep the score in the 50s or 60s against a high-octane Duke team. Third-seeded Duke (25-10) committed 19 turnovers and never managed to get into its offensive rhythm.
TENNESSEE 74, NOTRE DAME 64: At Oklahoma City, Candace Parker did all she could to keep Tennessee's hopes alive for a second straight national championship. Parker matched her career best with 34 points and hauled in 12 rebounds, pushing the top-seed Lady Vols to the regional finals for the eighth straight year with a 74-64 win against Notre Dame. The 6-foot-3 All-American put back Nicky Anosike's miss and then converted a three-point play off a transition jumper to send Tennessee into the lead with a 14-0 run early in the second half. The Lady Vols never looked back on their way to the round of eight for the 23rd time.