Reseeding the round of 32: A new No. 1 as we head into second round

No lead is protected within the 2023 ladies’s NCAA match.

On Friday, Georgia, Princeton and South Florida erased deficits to advance to the second spherical. That was simply an appetizer.

Saturday’s comebacks have been historic. For the primary time, three groups rallied from at the very least 16 factors all the way down to win on the identical day, in line with ESPN Stats & Info. It is simply the second time it has occurred in a single match, however Baylor, Miami and Ohio State all did it inside 4 hours. The Bears received the large prize, getting back from an 18-point first-quarter deficit in opposition to Alabama. The Hurricanes have been down 17 to Oklahoma State at halftime. The Buckeyes trailed upset-minded James Madison by 14 halfway by means of the second quarter earlier than their press and the Columbus crowd received them going.

Two No. 12 seeds additionally received Saturday after a No. 11 and No. 10 superior on Friday. The most important stunner: Toledo taking down Huge 12 champion Iowa State. Florida Gulf Coast made its technique to the second spherical for the second straight 12 months, knocking out one other convention champion, the Pac-12’s Washington State.

And because the upsets and dominant performances give the sphere a brand new look, we’re reshaping the panorama, too.

Reseeding the 32 groups remaining means some motion even among the many greatest groups. Did the No. 1 seeds do sufficient to remain on the high? The place do the double-digit seeds slot in now?

Primarily based on the performances of the previous two days, and contemplating some accidents and participant availability, right here is our reseeded area of 32.

Observe these hyperlinks for an entire have a look at Sunday’s schedule and Monday’s games, that are all on the ESPN household of networks and the ESPN App. Go to this hyperlink to verify your Women’s Tournament Challenge bracket. By means of the primary 32 video games, six brackets stay excellent.

No. 1 seeds



Aaliyah Edwards dominates with 28 factors in UConn’s first-round win

Aaliyah Edwards scores 28 factors, capturing 13-of-15 from the sphere with seven rebounds in UConn’s win over Vermont within the first spherical of the NCAA match.

South Carolina Gamecocks
NCAA seed: No. 1 total (Greenville 1)
First spherical: Defeated Norfolk State 72-40

Anybody who hadn’t watched South Carolina earlier than Friday in all probability wasn’t as impressed as the remainder of us have been all season. The always-focused Gamecocks weren’t all the time in sync and did not shoot the ball effectively (38.9%). But, as anticipated, the Spartans by no means had an opportunity. South Carolina received in all essentially the most South Carolina methods attainable: suffocating protection, dominant rebounding and nice bench manufacturing. Solely two Gamecocks reached double figures, however 12 scored as coach Daybreak Staley received the whole roster some probably priceless NCAA match minutes. It was merely taking good care of enterprise in Columbia.

Up subsequent: vs. South Florida on Sunday (1 p.m. ET, ABC)

Stanford Cardinal
NCAA seed: No. 1 (Seattle 4)
First spherical: Defeated Sacred Coronary heart 92-49

This NCAA match marks the twenty fifth anniversary of Stanford dropping as a No. 1 seed to 16-seed Harvard. This model of the Cardinal made positive there was no hyperlink. After trailing early to the Pioneers, Stanford asserted management and was up by 19 factors at halftime. Taking part in with out 6-foot-4 second-team All-American Cameron Brink, out with a abdomen bug, the Cardinal nonetheless dominated inside with 56 factors within the paint and a plus-29 rebounding margin. The win was Stanford’s one centesimal in NCAA match play, which ranks third all-time behind Tennessee and UConn. The Cardinal are additionally one sport away from their fifteenth consecutive Candy 16.

Up subsequent: vs. Ole Miss on Sunday (9:30 p.m. ET, ESPN)

UConn Huskies
NCAA seed: No. 2 (Seattle 3)
First spherical: Defeated Vermont 95-52

The Huskies can win a couple of other ways now that they are as wholesome as they have been all season. Saturday in opposition to Vermont, it was about utilizing their bodily superiority to dominate inside. Aaliyah Edwards and Dorka Juhasz have been the 2 greatest gamers on the court docket and mixed to go 20-for-25 from the sphere. Edwards established a profession excessive with 28 factors and was almost flawless because the Catamounts provided little resistance in opposition to the Huskies, who scored their most factors in a sport since mid-January. Many thought these Huskies have been worthy of a No. 1 seed. Now they’re. UConn now has received 49 straight NCAA match video games within the Northeast, however the second-round sport in opposition to Baylor would be the final one this 12 months. A win and the Huskies head to Seattle. The final time they did not make a Ultimate 4 was in 2007, which was additionally the final time they performed in a regional on the West Coast. That 12 months, UConn misplaced to LSU within the Elite Eight in Fresno.

Up subsequent: vs. Baylor on Monday (9 p.m. ET, ESPN)

Indiana Hoosiers
NCAA seed: No. 1
First spherical: Defeated Tennessee Tech 77-47

After some early anxious moments, the Hoosiers appeared simply fantastic with out Mackenzie Holmes in opposition to Tennessee Tech and pulled away in typical style: good capturing (58.0%), plenty of contributors (9 Hoosiers scored) and stable protection (the Eagles shot 22.0% within the second half). Nevertheless, Indiana cannot be thought of the second total workforce anymore if Holmes’ knee soreness continues to restrict her going ahead within the NCAA match. She is way too vital to Indiana’s success to faux it’s the identical workforce with out her or even when she has diminished capabilities. The Hoosiers would nonetheless be ok to succeed in the Candy 16, however because the competitors will get harder, Holmes’ well being turns into one of many match’s main storylines.

Up subsequent: vs. Miami on Monday (8 p.m. ET, ESPN2)

No. 2 seeds



Alissa Pili goes for 33 factors in Utah’s win

Alissa Pili goes for 33 factors, main Utah to the first-round win over Gardner-Webb.

Iowa Hawkeyes
NCAA seed: No. 2 (Seattle 4)
First spherical: Defeated SE Louisiana 95-43

A lesson may need been realized in Iowa Metropolis on Friday: Do not verbally problem the Hawkeyes. Southeastern Louisiana coach Ayala Guzzardo was crucial of Iowa’s protection previous to their matchup. The Hawkeyes proceeded to utterly put the clamps on the Lions within the second half, holding them to 11 factors and simply three area objectives within the last 20 minutes. The 52-point margin was the most important in an NCAA match sport in Iowa program historical past. Caitlin Clark wanted solely 29 minutes to place up 26 factors, 12 assists and seven rebounds.

The Hawkeyes had an analogous consequence within the opening spherical final March, scoring 98 in opposition to Illinois State earlier than being held to 62 by Creighton in a second-round upset loss. Georgia might current an excellent larger defensive problem than the Bluejays, making Sunday’s matchup some of the intriguing of the second spherical.

Up subsequent: vs. Georgia on Sunday (3 p.m. ET, ABC)

Virginia Tech Hokies
NCAA seed: No. 1 (Seattle 3)
First spherical: Defeated Chattanooga 58-33

Like South Carolina, the Hokies eased into this 12 months’s NCAA match with out taking part in their A-game. When that occurred a 12 months in the past, Virginia Tech received eradicated within the opening spherical. This Hokies workforce is significantly better, and Virginia Tech had little bother beating the Mocs regardless of its second-lowest scoring output of the season. Not surprisingly, the Hokies leaned on Elizabeth Kitley (12 factors, 14 rebounds) and Georgia Amoore (22 factors, 5-for-8 on 3-pointers) as they’ve throughout their now 12-game successful streak. Chattanooga was a low-scoring offense all season and was one of many worst rebounding groups within the nation. The Hokies exploited each areas, holding the Mocs to twenty-eight.6% capturing and outrebounding them 38-22. Neither of these issues will likely be as simple in opposition to South Dakota State, which might pose an issue for Virginia Tech if it does not play with a bit extra punch within the assault.

Up subsequent: vs. South Dakota State on Sunday (5 p.m. ET, ESPN2)

Maryland Terrapins
NCAA seed: No. 2
First spherical: Defeated Holy Cross 93-61

The Terrapins weren’t taking any probabilities. They did not let Holy Cross breathe within the opening minutes, scoring the sport’s first 14 factors. After which lower than seven minutes into the sport, the Crusaders have been in a gap too deep. It was businesslike after that for Maryland, which compelled 24 turnovers and had 13 steals. The Terps did not want a lot out of main scorer and second-team All-American Diamond Miller. Her 13 factors marked Miller’s lowest output since Thanksgiving weekend. Getting 4 3-pointers from Brinae Alexander is an effective signal for the Terps because the competitors will get higher, beginning with Arizona.

Up subsequent: vs. Arizona on Sunday (5:30 p.m. ET, ESPN)

Utah Utes
NCAA seed: No. 2 (Greenville 2)
First spherical: Defeated Gardner-Webb 103-77

Alissa Pili was some of the environment friendly and productive gamers within the nation all season. She took it to a different degree in opposition to Gardner-Webb. The Pac-12 Participant of the Yr scored a career-high 33 factors on simply 17 photographs. Pili added eight rebounds and eight assists, main the Utes, who had 32 assists on 37 made area objectives. The Runnin’ Bulldogs got here into the sport on a 21-game successful streak, however their technique of taking part in Pili one-on-one within the put up was unsuccessful from the beginning. Pili both scored or assisted on Utah’s first 5 baskets. Princeton will pose extra of a defensive problem, however the Utes will likely be taking part in one other double-digit seed as they attempt to advance to their first Candy 16 since 2006.

Up subsequent: Princeton on Sunday (7 p.m. ET, ESPN2)

No. 3 seeds



Cotie McMahon with the large block on the rim

Cotie McMahon with the large block on the rim

LSU Tigers
NCAA seed: No. 3 (Greenville 2)
First spherical: Defeated Hawai’i 73-50

Regardless of a snug win and second consecutive journey to the second spherical since Kim Mulkey’s arrival, the Tigers’ greatest takeaway Friday could be that Angel Reese wants extra assist. The sophomore’s 34-point, 15-rebound efficiency was one of the best by an SEC participant within the NCAA match this century, however freshman Flau’jae Johnson (10 factors) was the one different LSU participant in double figures. The remainder of the workforce mixed to shoot simply 33.3% from the sphere. In opposition to a veteran Michigan workforce, the Tigers will probably want extra contributions to advance.

Up subsequent: vs. Michigan on Sunday (7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN)

Ohio State Buckeyes
NCAA seed: No. 3 (Seattle 3)
First spherical: Defeated James Madison 80-66

Falling behind early has turn out to be a curious hallmark of those Buckeyes. They got here from 24 all the way down to beat Indiana within the Huge Ten match, they usually did it once more Saturday in opposition to the Dukes. After falling behind by 16 halfway by means of the second quarter, Ohio State used its vaunted full-court press to utterly flip across the sport. The Buckeyes compelled 20 turnovers and ultimately flipped the rating to a 16-point lead earlier than successful by 14. The 32-point turnaround and this system’s sixth straight NCAA match with at the very least one win is the excellent news. The dangerous information is Ohio State made solely two 3-pointers and dedicated 27 fouls.

Up subsequent: vs. North Carolina on Monday (4 p.m., ESPN)

Tennessee Lady Vols
NCAA seed: No. 4 (Seattle 3)
First spherical: Defeated Saint Louis 95-50

All of the traits that enticed so many specialists to place Tennessee within the high 5 within the preseason have been on show in opposition to Saint Louis. The Woman Vols dominated with their size defensively, managed the boards and received environment friendly scoring from stars Jordan Horston (21 factors, 9-of-11 from the sphere) and Rickea Jackson (18 factors, 8-of-13 from the sphere). Any ideas of an upset disappeared shortly and the group at Thompson-Boling Area had a comparatively stress-free afternoon. That type of dominance is sufficient to transfer the Woman Vols up a seed line. A 12 months in the past, the Woman Vols additionally drew a No. 12 seed coming off an upset within the second spherical, and simply survived Belmont to get to the Candy 16. Toledo brings an analogous problem.

Up subsequent: vs. Toledo on Monday (6 p.m. ET, ESPN2)

Duke Blue Devils
NCAA seed: No. 3 (Seattle 4)
First spherical: Defeated Iona 89-49

The Blue Devils mixed to attain 81 factors within the final two video games within the ACC match. So contemplate Saturday’s 89-point output in opposition to the Gaels an offensive renaissance. As is all the time the case with this Duke workforce, the assault begins with protection, which registered 11 steals, however 4 gamers in double figures and 58.5% capturing is an effective signal whatever the opponent. That is why the Blue Devils received the nod over Notre Dame, Villanova and Texas — all of which additionally registered blowout wins — for the ultimate No. 3 seed.

Up subsequent: vs. Colorado on Monday (9 p.m. ET, ESPNU)

No. 4 seeds



Maddy Siegrist cooks Cleveland State for 35 factors

Maddy Siegrist continues her stellar season as she scores 35 factors in Villanova’s first-round win over Cleveland State.

Notre Dame Fighting Irish
NCAA seed: No. 3 (Greenville 1)
First spherical: Defeated Southern Utah 82-56

Maybe it was a St. Patrick’s Day spark, or the matchup with the Thunderbirds was excellent, however the Irish’s offense appeared simply fantastic with out Olivia Miles. The 27 first-quarter factors little question supplied some confidence to a workforce that totaled simply 38 within the ACC match semifinals in opposition to Louisville with out Miles. With the information that Miles will not play within the NCAA match due to a knee harm she suffered within the regular-season finale, Niele Ivey has turned extra of the ballhandling duties to Sonia Citron, and the sophomore responded with 14 factors, six assists and, most significantly, zero turnovers. Notre Dame’s NCAA match ceiling is decrease with out Miles, however for someday at the very least the Irish did extra than simply survive.

Up subsequent: vs. Mississippi State on Sunday (3:30 p.m. ET, ESPN)

Villanova Wildcats
NCAA seed: No. 4 (Greenville 2)
First spherical: Defeated Cleveland State 76-59

Solely 4 gamers in Division I historical past had scored 1,000 factors in a single season. After Villanova’s simple win over Cleveland State on Saturday, that quantity is 5. Maddy Siegrist led the best way, as she virtually all the time does for the Wildcats, with 35 factors, and within the course of she joined Jackie Stiles, Odyssey Sims, Kelsey Plum and Megan Gustafson on that unique checklist. Siegrist, who entered the match averaging a nation-best 28.9 factors per sport, scored 22 of her 35 factors within the first half as Villanova constructed a 21-point lead in a sport that was by no means doubtful.

Up subsequent: vs. Florida Gulf Coast on Monday (7 p.m. ET, ESPNU)

Texas Longhorns
NCAA seed: No. 4 (Seattle 4)
First spherical: Defeated East Carolina 79-40

Overwhelmed might be one of the simplest ways to explain what East Carolina was feeling in opposition to the Longhorns on Saturday. Texas put the clamps on the Pirates, permitting simply 10 area objectives the whole sport. The opposite piece of fine information for Texas was the return of Sonya Morris. The senior guard performed 13 minutes and scored 4 factors in her first sport since Feb. 4. Morris missed 10 video games with a quadriceps harm, however her outdoors capturing is a key to a deep Longhorns run. The Texas win additionally put three Huge 12 groups into the second spherical after the league started the match 0-3.

Up subsequent: vs. Louisville on Monday (7 p.m. ET, ESPN)

UCLA Bruins
NCAA seed: No. 4 (Greenville 1)
First spherical: Defeated Sacramento State 67-45

The Bruins’ snug win over Huge Sky champ Sacramento State gave the Pac-12 a 5-2 report within the first spherical. That matched the Huge Ten for the second-best report amongst multiple-bid leagues. (The SEC completed 7-1.) 5 completely different Bruins scored within the first 4 minutes as UCLA raced to a 16-2 lead within the first spherical’s last sport. That type of stability continued, and the Bruins simply prevented being a sufferer of one other massive comeback. The win units up a sport with Oklahoma in what may very well be one of the best matchup of the second spherical.

Up subsequent: vs. Oklahoma on Monday (10 p.m. ET, ESPN2)

No. 5 seeds



Michigan will get opening spherical win over UNLV

Michigan is ready to choose up the first-round win over UNLV and advance to the second spherical of the NCAA Girls’s match.

Colorado Buffaloes
NCAA seed: No. 6 (Seattle 4)
First spherical: Defeated Center Tennessee 82-60

Colorado was purported to have a measurement and rebounding benefit over Center Tennessee. The Buffs weren’t supposed to have the ability to outshoot some of the efficient offensive groups within the nation. However they did simply that, making a season-best 13 3-pointers in essentially the most dominant first-round efficiency by a workforce outdoors the top-four seeds. And after they did miss, that measurement benefit delivered, too. At one level within the second half, Colorado had as many offensive rebounds because the Blue Raiders had complete boards. After being an upset sufferer to Creighton within the first spherical a 12 months in the past, the Buffs received their first NCAA match sport in 22 years.

Up subsequent: vs. Duke on Monday (9 p.m. ET, ESPNU)

Louisville Cardinals
NCAA seed: No. 5 (Seattle 4)
First spherical: Defeated Drake 83-81

The No. 5 seed was wanting like an endangered species. The primary two that performed Saturday have been bounced, and Louisville was in a battle with Drake. Some key defensive performs and 5 factors within the last 16 seconds from Hailey Van Lith helped the Cardinals keep away from the identical destiny as Iowa State and Washington State. Louisville has received at the very least one sport within the NCAA match yearly since 2011. Van Lith carried the load with 26 factors, however Olivia Cochran and Liz Dixon mixed for simply 13 factors in opposition to a small Bulldogs workforce. If the Cardinals are going to get to a sixth consecutive Candy 16, that pair of posts must play a lot larger in opposition to the bodily Longhorns.

Up subsequent: vs. Texas on Monday (7 p.m. ET, ESPN)

Michigan Wolverines
NCAA seed: No. 6
First spherical: Defeated UNLV 71-59

The Wolverines misplaced within the quarterfinals of the Huge Ten match, they usually appeared like they benefited from the layoff. Michigan appeared sharper in opposition to UNLV than it had at any time within the common season’s last three weeks. It is a system that breeds Michigan success: Emily Kiser received on the boards (10 rebounds, 18 factors), Maddie Nolan made perimeter photographs (4 of 6 3-pointers, 18 factors) and Leigha Brown ran the offense (17 factors, seven assists). If the veterans produce like that once more, a 3rd straight journey to the Candy 16 is a chance.

Up subsequent: vs. LSU on Sunday (7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN)

Oklahoma Sooners
NCAA seed: No. 5 (Greenville 1)
First spherical: Defeated Portland 85-63

When Aubrey Joens left Iowa State for Oklahoma, she in all probability did not assume she can be taking part in deeper into the NCAA match than her sister, Ashley. However with the Cyclones eradicated in considered one of Saturday’s greatest upsets, and Aubrey scoring eight of her 14 factors in a key third quarter rally, it is the Sooners, not Iowa State, that performs on. It took Oklahoma a bit time to shake the WCC match champion Pilots, however a giant second half received the nation’s second-highest scoring workforce proper to its common, and the Sooners their second NCAA match win in as a few years underneath Jennie Baranczyk.

Up subsequent: vs. UCLA on Monday (10 p.m. ET on ESPN2)

No. 6 seeds



Deja Kelly’s and-1 proves to be winner in wild UNC victory

Deja Kelly’s and-1 stands because the winner for North Carolina after St. John’s Danielle Patterson misses free throws down the stretch.

North Carolina Tar Heels
NCAA seed: No. 6 (Seattle 3)
First spherical: Defeated St. John’s 61-59

Nothing has been simple for North Carolina this season, so why ought to its first NCAA match sport be any completely different? After main from the opening bounce, the Tar Heels all of the sudden discovered themselves trailing halfway by means of the fourth quarter. After battling again, North Carolina received a three-point play from Deja Kelly after which needed to survive missed free throws by the Pink Storm to advance. An 0-3 ACC begin, early February accidents to 2 starters and a disappointing efficiency within the ACC match at the moment are behind the Tar Heels, who improved to 3-2 within the NCAA match underneath Courtney Banghart.

Up subsequent: vs. Ohio State on Monday (4 p.m. ET, ESPN)

Ole Miss Rebels
NCAA seed: No. 8 (Seattle 4)
First spherical: Defeated Gonzaga 71-48

After the primary spherical, Ole Miss coach Yolett McPhee-McCuin wrote on Twitter, “We defend.” Her workforce definitely did. The Rebels have been bodily with Gonzaga from the beginning and held essentially the most correct 3-point capturing workforce within the nation to 1-for-17 from deep. Ole Miss shortly turned an 8-9 sport right into a mismatch in one of many first spherical’s most spectacular performances. A 15-2 run halfway by means of the second quarter, highlighted by three Snudda Collins 3-pointers, appeared to crush Gonzaga’s spirit. Ole Miss by no means let the Zags again into the sport and received this system’s first NCAA match win since 2007.

Up subsequent: vs. Stanford on Sunday (9:30 p.m. ET, ESPN)

Arizona Wildcats
NCAA seed: No. 7
First spherical: Defeated West Virginia 75-62

The Wildcats have now received at the very least one sport up to now three NCAA tournaments, they usually did it counting on the veterans who’ve been there for all of them. Cate Reese and Shaina Pellington mixed for 43 factors and helped Arizona management the sport all through. Attending to the Candy 16 may rely upon some enchancment from the 3-point line, the place Arizona made 2-of-12 in opposition to the Mountaineers, and taking part in higher on the street. Going through Maryland in School Park is a a lot larger problem, and the Wildcats are simply 7-5 on the street this season.

Up subsequent: vs. Maryland on Sunday (5:30 p.m. ET, ESPN)

South Dakota State Jackrabbits
NCAA seed: No. 9
First spherical: Defeated USC 62-57 OT

Now in her sixth 12 months at South Dakota State, Myah Selland has been this system’s greatest participant since her sophomore season. And it was solely becoming that Selland led the best way within the Jackrabbits’ first NCAA match win since 2019. At occasions, USC could not cease her, although it was apparent who was getting the ball. Selland completed with 29 factors and scored South Dakota State’s first 9 factors within the further interval. She was merely an excessive amount of for the Trojans to beat. The final time they have been right here, the Jackrabbits superior to the Candy 16.

Up subsequent: vs. Virginia Tech (5 p.m. ET, ESPN2)

No. 7 seeds



Grace Stone, Princeton come up massive late to upset NC State

Grace Stone hits a go-ahead 3-pointer late within the sport, then Princeton prevents NC State from getting a last shot off in a 64-63 win.

Mississippi State Bulldogs
NCAA seed: No. 11 (Greenville 1)
First spherical: Defeated Creighton 81-66

“Discuss to me good” has been coach Sam Purcell’s mantra all through his first season in Starkville, however his workforce has been something however good to its opponents within the NCAA match. After disposing of Illinois within the First 4, the Bulldogs have been much more spectacular in taking out Creighton, final 12 months’s Cinderella. Mississippi State imposed its measurement, athleticism and depth on the Bluejays from the opening minutes and by no means relented. The Bulldogs by no means trailed and are the primary 2-0 workforce on this 12 months’s match.

Up subsequent: vs. Notre Dame on Sunday (3:30 p.m. ET, ESPN)

Florida Gulf Coast Eagles
NCAA seed: No. 12 (Greenville 2)
First spherical: Defeated Washington State 74-63

For a second straight 12 months, the Eagles are into the second spherical as a No. 12 seed after beating the Cougars. FGCU does two issues on offense: shoot 3-pointers and take layups. On Saturday, coach Karl Smesko leaned into attending to the rim. The nation’s most prolific 3-point-shooting workforce made solely 5 treys Saturday however scored 50 factors within the paint. FGCU routinely took the ball proper on the Cougars, who by no means discovered a solution. The analytics method received once more. The Eagles took solely two photographs outdoors of the lane that weren’t 3-pointers. Maryland was an excessive amount of bodily for FGCU in final 12 months’s second spherical, however that should not be the case in opposition to Villanova in what may very well be a high-scoring second-round sport.

Up subsequent: vs. Villanova on Monday (7 p.m. ET, ESPNU)

Baylor Bears
NCAA seed: No. 7 (Seattle 3)
First spherical: Defeated Alabama 78-74

Heading into the match, Baylor was capturing 31.4% on 3-pointers — which ranks one hundred and sixtieth within the nation. In opposition to Alabama, the Bears have been 14-for-28 from 3-point vary to turn out to be the third workforce Saturday to erase a double-digit deficit. Of the three comebacks, Baylor’s was the most important and essentially the most unbelievable. Baylor misplaced six of its last 9 video games heading into the Huge Dance, and when Baylor received down 22-4 after the primary quarter, it appeared like these troubles have been persevering with. Then the 3-pointers started to fall. Ja’Mee Asberry, a 31% 3-point shooter on the season, made seven of the long-range photographs Saturday to steer the Bears with 26 factors.

Up subsequent: vs. UConn on Monday (9 p.m. ET, ESPN)

Princeton Tigers
NCAA seed: No. 10 (Greenville 2)
First spherical: Defeated NC State 64-63

After preventing their manner again into the sport late within the fourth quarter, the Tigers nonetheless appeared like they may come up brief. Then got here an premature turnover for NC State and a wonderfully executed play for a Grace Stone 3-pointer, and Princeton had the upset and one other first-round victory. Not as offensively proficient as they’ve been lately, protection was the Tigers’ calling card all season, they usually held the Wolfpack scoreless for the ultimate 5:43 to present themselves an opportunity. It paid off in Stone’s third game-winning shot this season. Utah’s offense will likely be a tall process, however Villanova and UConn every solely scored 69 in opposition to Princeton, two video games the Tigers have been in till the tip.

Up subsequent: vs. Utah on Sunday (7 p.m. ET, ESPN2)

No. 8 seeds



Tishara Morehouse drives and will get the and-1 to fall

Tishara Morehouse fights off her defender for a Florida Gulf Coast and-1.

Georgia Lady Bulldogs
NCAA seed: No. 10 (Seattle 4)
First spherical: Defeated Florida State 66-54

The Woman Bulldogs may need let injury-depleted FSU hold round a bit longer than they might have preferred, however a giant late-third-quarter/early-fourth-quarter run put the sport away. Georgia used the bodily zone protection coach Katie Abrahamson-Henderson introduced along with her from UCF to stifle Florida State, which did not have main scorer Ta’Niya Latson and was with out second-leading scorer Makayla Timpson for a lot of the primary half after she suffered a reduce close to her eye. Diamond Battles, who got here with Abrahamson-Henderson from UCF, scored 21 factors and is among the SEC’s greatest backcourt defenders. Battles and Georgia’s zone get the final word check in Spherical 2 with Caitlin Clark and Iowa awaiting.

Up subsequent: vs. Iowa on Sunday (3 p.m. ET, ABC)

South Florida Bulls
NCAA seed: No. 8 (Greenville 1)
First spherical: Defeated Marquette 67-65 OT

The Bulls may need been the higher workforce in opposition to Marquette for less than about 10 minutes, however they picked the correct 10 minutes. South Florida trailed by 11 late within the third quarter and did not have its first lead till 1:21 remained in regulation. Main scorer Elena Tsineke missed eight of her first 9 photographs however scored 11 of her 13 factors within the fourth quarter and extra time, together with the sphere aim that in the end determined the sport. Dulcy Fankam Mendjiadeu was her regular dominant self on the boards and completed with 22 factors and 16 rebounds, her twenty fourth double-double of the season, however her process will get way more troublesome with Aliyah Boston and Kamilla Cardoso awaiting in Spherical 2.

Up subsequent: vs. South Carolina on Sunday (1 p.m. ET, ABC)

Miami Hurricanes
NCAA seed: No. 9 (Greenville 2)
First spherical: Defeated Oklahoma State 62-61

The Hurricanes have been one other a type of groups that erased a giant deficit. They have been down 17 earlier than a second-half rally put them within the second spherical for the second consecutive 12 months. Requested about what changes she made to show across the sport, coach Katie Meier was her typical trustworthy self: She stated there have been none. The primary half was only a collection of dangerous breaks. If her workforce simply stayed the course and adopted the unique sport plan, Miami would discover its manner again. She was proper. From halftime till there was 5:37 left within the last quarter, the Hurricanes outscored the Cowgirls 33-9. Haley Cavinder fueled the fifth-largest comeback in NCAA match historical past with 12 of her 16 factors after halftime, and he or she made the deciding free throw with 8.9 seconds left.

Up subsequent: vs. Indiana on Monday (8 p.m. ET, ESPN2)

Toledo Rockets
NCAA seed: No. 12 (Seattle)
First spherical: Defeated Iowa State 80-73

The Rockets performed like a workforce nonetheless offended about not making the NCAA match a 12 months in the past. This season, they left nothing to likelihood with their bid by successful the MAC match after which took no probabilities in opposition to the Cyclones, taking the lead halfway by means of the second quarter and by no means giving it up. The upset marked Toledo’s first NCAA match win since 1996. The Cyclones, who have been simply 9-9 in street/impartial court docket video games this season, by no means discovered a solution for Toledo guard and MAC Participant of the Yr Quinesha Lockett, who led everybody with 24 factors and 13 rebounds. Iowa State nice Ashley Joens scored 23 factors within the last sport of her faculty profession.

Up subsequent: vs. Tennessee on Monday (6 p.m. ET, ESPN2)

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