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NCAA WOMEN'S TOURNAMENT Lady Vols sail to semifinal


Published: Wed, March 22, 2006 @ 12:00 a.m.


Tennessee polished off George Washington, 66-53, for its 30th win.
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NORFOLK, Va. -- Shanna Zolman scored 19 points and Candace Parker had 15, and Tennessee started fast and led throughout in a 66-53 victory over George Washington Tuesday night.
The Lady Vols advanced to the semifinals of the Cleveland Regional against TCU or Rutgers.
Tennessee (30-4) also reached 30 victories for the 16th time in Pat Summitt's 32 years as coach, and will play in the regional semis for the 25th straight year.
Parker never attempted a dunk like the two she pulled off in her history-making first round game against Army, but still showed enough razzle-dazzle to get the crowd roaring.
George Washington (23-9) trailed by double digits almost the whole way after the Lady Vols' opened with a 16-2 burst. After 11 minutes, Zolman had 11 points and Parker had 10, both exceeding the Colonials' total, and Tennessee was up 25-8.
Purdue 61, UCLA 54
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Katie Gearlds scored 15 points and Erin Lawless and Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton added 14 apiece as Purdue advanced to the regional semifinals for the third time in four years.
Nikki Blue had 18 points and five assists and Lisa Willis added 15 points for the Bruins.
UCLA took a 53-49 lead on a Lisa Pluimer basket with 7:21 to go, but the Bruins didn't make another basket the rest of the way. UCLA, ranked in the top 10 nationally in scoring offense, tied a season low by shooting 32.3 percent from the field.
Purdue (26-6) didn't make a field goal for the last 3:03, but hit six free throws in the final minute to pull away. The Boilermakers outscored the Bruins 14-4 from the line.
Purdue will face top-seeded and top-ranked North Carolina Sunday.
Maryland 81, St. John's 74
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Crystal Langhorne capped a 30-point effort with two late inside baskets and St. John's went cold from the field as the second-seeded Terps advanced to the regional semifinals.
Maryland (30-4), which lost in the second round the previous two seasons, will play defending champion Baylor in the Albuquerque Regional.
After Barlow hit a free throw to tie the game at 72-72 with just over three minutes remaining, Maryland took over from there. Toliver connected with Langhorne for a layup inside. Then Langhorne converted an offensive rebound to give the Terps a 76-72 lead.
Shay Doron then hit two free throws. St. John's (22-8) couldn't hit another field goal, getting their final points on two foul shots by Kia Wright, and Maryland put the game away with three more free throws over the last eight seconds.
Wright finished with 23 points and nine assists, while Tara Walker had 17 and Greeba Barlow 16 for St. John's.
Georgia 73, Hartford 54
TRENTON, N.J. -- Sherill Baker scored 26 points and Tasha Humphrey had 24, helping Georgia blow the game open in the second half and defeat Hartford.
Humphrey had 17 rebounds for No. 3 seed Georgia (23-8), which reached the round of 16 for the 16th time in 23 NCAA appearances.
The inside-outside combination of the 6-foot-3 Humphrey and the 5-8 Baker was too much for No. 11 seed Hartford (25-8), which had upset No. 6 seed Temple Sunday for the first NCAA tournament win in school history. Erica Beverly led the Hawks with 13 points.
Baker and Humphrey combined to shoot 67 percent (22-for-33), but it was the Bulldogs' defense that orchestrated the 15-0 run that left Hartford trailing 57-42 with 12 minutes remaining.


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