Women’s College Basketball Friday’s tournament games
KANSAS CITY REGION
Mississippi State 71, North Carolina State 57
KANSAS CITY, MO.
Teaira McCowan had 24 points and 15 rebounds, Victoria Vivians added 14 points and top-seeded Mississippi State routed North Carolina State to reach the Elite Eight of the women’s NCAA Tournament. Morgan William added 13 points and Roshunda Johnson, who lost her grandfather earlier in the week, added 12 as the Bulldogs (35-1) also broke their school record for wins in a season. Kiara Leslie had 27 points to pace the No. 4 seed Wolfpack (26-9).
UCLA 84, Texas 75
KANSAS CITY, MO.
Jordin Canada scored 22 points, putting second-seeded UCLA on her back in the fourth quarter, and the Bruins beat Texas to avenge a Sweet 16 loss to the Longhorns two years ago. Monique Billings added 17 points and Kennedy Burke had 15 for the Bruins (27-7). Ariel Atkins had 20 points and Jatarie White had 17 for the No. 3 seed Longhorns (28-7). Texas made one last charge when it got back-to-back 3-pointers from Atkins and Alecia Sutton to close within 76-72 with less than 2 minutes left. But Burke answered with a layup for UCLA, and Canada’s jumper with just under a minute to go helped put the game away.
Oregon State 72, Baylor 67
Marie Gulich had 26 points, Kat Tudor added 16 and sixth-seeded Oregon State shot 58 percent in the second half to upset No. 2 seed Baylor in the women’s NCAA Tournament regional semifinal. Two years after upsetting Baylor in the Elite Eight, Oregon State (26-7) followed up with a steady performance that ended the Lady Bears’ 30-game winning streak. The Beavers had to withstand nine consecutive points by Alexis Morris that got the Lady Bears (33-2) to 69-67 with 42 seconds remaining before Katie McWilliams’ left-corner 3-pointer provided a five-point edge. Kalani Brown had 19 points and 10 rebounds for Baylor.
Louisville 86, Stanford 59
Asia Durr had 24 points, Myisha Hines-Allen added 17 and top-seeded Louisville rolled past No. 4 seed Stanford in the women’s NCAA Tournament regional semifinal. Arica Carter had 13 points and Jazmine Jones 10 for the Cardinals (35-2). Louisville shot 52 percent and built a lead that reached 27 points with 1:24 remaining to finish their third consecutive NCAA Tournament rout. Hines made 8 of 15 baskets and surpassed 2,000 career points. The senior forward also grabbed five rebounds. Brittany McPhee had 15 points and Dijonai Carrington 14 for Stanford.