@ACCWBB in NCAA: Notre Dame Advances to Sweet Sixteen



Irish Head to the Sweet 16 Over Arizona State, 84-67

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) -  Natalie Achonwa had 25 points and 11 rebounds, and top-seeded Notre Dame pulled away in the second half for an 84-67 victory over ninth-seeded Arizona State on Monday night.

The unbeaten Fighting Irish (34-0) have won their last 15 games by double digits, although the Sun Devils (23-10) kept this one close during a sloppy first half. Deja Mann scored 16 points for Arizona State.

Notre Dame led 32-26 at halftime before scoring the first six points of the second. Led by the 6-foot-3 Achonwa, the Irish outscored Arizona State 46-34 in the paint.

Kayla McBride had 22 points and nine assists for Notre Dame, which advanced to the Sweet 16 for the 12th time in the last 18 years.


Orange Season Ends in Hard-Fought Loss at Kentucky

LEXINGTON, Ky.—No.  6 seeded Syracuse's late efforts weren't enough to overcome No. 3 seed Kentucky (26-8) and its historic season came to a close in with 64-59 loss in the second round of the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament on Monday night at Memorial Coliseum.
The Orange had three players score in double-figures with Brianna Butler leading the team with 15 points. Freshmen Briana Day added 13 points and Alexis Peterson matched her career high with 12 points.
Kentucky extended its lead to as much as 11 points during the first 4:30 of the second half but a 17-9 run by the Orange, which began with eight-straight points from Briana Day, put Syracuse within two points with 11:53 to play. After the Orange had 3-point attempts which would have given them the lead miss on successive possessions, Kentucky went on a 9-1 run over the next 3:28 to take a 55-45 lead with 7:06 to play.
The Orange came within four points with four minutes left in the game but could not catch the Wildcats and ultimately ended its season with a 64-59 decision.

The Orange played without leading scorer Brittney Sykes, who suffered a knee injury in the Orange's opening round win vs. Chattanooga.


Florida State Ends Season to Stanford

AMES, Iowa (seminoles.com) – The No. 10 seeded Florida State women’s basketball team bowed out of its ninth NCAA Tournament in the last 10 seasons after falling to No. 2 seed Stanford, 63-44, on Monday evening in the NCAA Second Round at the Hilton Coliseum.

Making their 11th straight appearance in the second round of the Big Dance, the Seminoles (21-12) fell behind on a 26-2 run by the No. 6-ranked Cardinal that ended the first half and were never able to catch up. After Florida State jumped out to a 14-6 lead by forcing turnovers and converting them into points, Stanford began to work the ball around and get good offensive possessions to ignite its big run that changed the outcome of the game.

Senior Natasha Howard ended her career with nine points and seven rebounds against the Cardinal (31-3). Fellow senior point guard Cheetah Delgado added six points, three assists and three boards as well as three steals. Redshirt sophomore guard Morgan Jones chipped in with eight points.


Duke Falls to DePaul 74-65 in NCAA Tournament 

DURHAM, N.C. -- Megan Rogowski scored 22 points and Megan Podkowa added 18 to help DePaul upset Duke 74-65 on Monday night in the second round of the NCAA tournament.

Brittany Hrynko added 14 for the seventh-seeded Blue Demons (29-6). They earned their third appearance in the round of 16 by hitting 14 3-pointers and forcing second-seeded Duke into 21 turnovers with their high-pressure defense.

DePaul will play the James Madison-Texas A&M winner on Saturday in the Lincoln Regional semifinals.

Elizabeth Williams scored 12 points, and seniors Haley Peters and Tricia Liston each added 11 in their final game at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Duke (28-7) led for only 12 seconds and became the first top-four seed to lose in the tournament.