Women’s NCAA Tournament roundup: Stanford edges Iowa State in OT

By Thomson Reuters Mar 25, 2024 | 4:23 AM

Kiki Iriafen finished with a career-high 41 points to go with 16 rebounds and three blocks, and Brooke Demetre came up big in overtime as No. 2 seed Stanford outlasted No. 7 seed Iowa State 87-81 on Sunday in a second-round Women’s NCAA Tournament clash in Palo Alto, Calif.

Demetre hit a 3-pointer with 18 seconds left to put Stanford back ahead 83-81, then rebounded Iowa State’s missed layup and hit two free throws with 11 seconds to help seal the win in the Portland 4 Region.

Hannah Jump added 15 points for Stanford (30-5). Cameron Brink, the Pac-12 Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year, had just eight points before fouling out with 2:11 left in regulation.

Emily Ryan had a career-high 36 points for Iowa State (21-12), which also got 18 points from Brown and 10 from Audi Crooks.

No. 1 Texas 65, No. 8 Alabama 54

Aaliyah Moore racked up 21 points and 10 rebounds and Big 12 Player of the Year Madison Booker added 21 points as the Longhorns turned it on in the second half to post a win over the Crimson Tide in the Portland 4 Region in Austin, Texas.

The Longhorns (32-4) advanced to the Sweet 16 for the third time in the past four seasons.

Sarah Ashlee Barker led the Crimson Tide (24-10) with 17 points while Aaliyah Nye added 14 and Loyal McQueen had 12.

Portland 3 Region

No. 7 Duke 75, No. 2 Ohio State 63

Reigan Richardson scored 10 of her game-high 28 points in the fourth quarter, and the Blue Devils rallied to take down the host Buckeyes in Columbus, Ohio.

Duke (22-11) recovered from its initial offensive woes to shoot 51.1 percent for the game, paced by Richardson’s 11 of 18. Ashlon Jackson went 4 of 6 from the field en route to 13 points, while Taina Mair overcame 1-of-9 shooting from the floor to notch 11 points thanks to 8-of-9 foul shooting.

Cotie McMahon led Ohio State (26-6) with 27 points. Jacy Sheldon added 13.

No. 5 Baylor 75, No. 4 Virginia Tech 72

Jada Walker scored 11 of the Bears’ final 13 points en route to a career-high 28, and Baylor knocked off the host Hokies in the Portland 3 Region in Blacksburg, Va.

Baylor (26-7) trailed for only 17 seconds, but the Bears’ advantage never exceeded eight points in what was a close contest throughout. Sarah Andrews added 16 points and Darianna Littlepage-Buggs scored 10 points for Baylor.

Georgia Amoore shot 3-for-11 from beyond the arc en route to 18 points. Matilda Ekh’s 19 points led the way for Virginia Tech (25-8), which was playing without All-America center Elizabeth Kitley due to a torn ACL sustained before the tournament. Clara Strack added 18 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.

Albany 1 Region

No. 1 South Carolina 88, No. 8 North Carolina 41

The Gamecocks rolled past the Tar Heels, advancing to the Sweet 16 for the 10th consecutive time behind 20 points, nine rebounds, three blocks and three steals from MiLaysia Fulwiley.

South Carolina (34-0) improved its home winning streak to 59 games as Fulwiley, a freshman, shot 4-of-7 from 3-point range. Kamilla Cardoso returned from a one-game suspension and collected 12 points and 10 rebounds. Chloe Kitts also chipped in 12 points, and Ashlyn Watkins and Tessa Johnson each scored 11.

Alyssa Ustby led North Carolina (20-13) with 12 points and six rebounds, while Deja Kelly finished what might have been her final game in a Tar Heels uniform with seven points on 2-of-13 shooting.

No. 3 Oregon State 61, No. 6 Nebraska 51

Talia von Oelhoffen collected 19 points and eight assists to help the Beavers beat the Cornhuskers in Corvallis, Ore.

Oregon State (26-7) is advancing to the Sweet 16 for the sixth time in program history, and the first since 2019. The Beavers were also boosted by 17 points from Timea Gardiner and 10 points from Raegan Beers.

Nebraska (23-12) was paced by Jaz Shelley, who had 10 points, six rebounds and seven assists.

Albany 2 Region

No. 3 LSU 83, No. 11 Middle Tennessee 56

Angel Reese and Aneesah Morrow had double-doubles and the Tigers ran away from the Blue Raiders in Baton Rouge, La.

Reese had 20 points and 11 rebounds, Morrow had 19 points and 13 rebounds, Flau’jae Johnson scored 21 and Mikaylah Williams scored 16 for LSU (30-5).

Savannah Wheeler scored 21 points and Ta’Mia Scott added 15 before fouling out to lead the Blue Raiders (30-5), who saw two other players foul out as LSU made 26 of 37 free throws compared to their 6 of 9.

No. 5 Colorado 63, No. 4 Kansas State 50

Maddie Nolan scored 11 points and Tameiya Sadler had eight of her 10 points during a pivotal third quarter as the Buffaloes defeated the Wildcats in Manhattan, Kan.

The Buffaloes (24-9) used a 15-3 run to take a 10-point lead at the end of the third quarter and advanced to face the winner of Monday’s game between No. 1 seed Iowa and No. 8 seed West Virginia in a regional semifinal next week in Albany, N.Y. Quay Miller added 10 points and 10 rebounds and three other Colorado players finished with nine points.

Gabby Gregory scored 12 points, Serena Sundell had 11 before fouling out and Ayoka Lee added 10 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Wildcats (26-8).

–Field Level Media