Pitt's Upset Win Keys ACCWBB to Another Perfect Day in NCAA Tournament

Panthers upend #7 Chattanooga, while Florida State, North Carolina and Louisville protect their higher seeds. The second perfect day helps #ACCWBB finish with an 8-0 mark in the #NCAAW first round.

 

Carey Leads Pitt Past Chattanooga, 51-40

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP & PittsburghPanthers.com) Pittsburgh, which was expected to finish last in the Atlantic Coast Conference, has made it to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

The Panthers, picked to finish at the bottom of the ACC in the preseason poll, continued their surprising season Saturday with a 51-40 victory over Chattanooga in first round of the NCAAs.

"What a special moment," Pittsburgh coach Suzie McConnell-Serio said. "The enthusiasm, the energy in the locker room, it's just why you coach every single day, seeing your players with the smiles on their faces and the reaction to getting a win like this - a signature win."

Stasha Carey scored 16 points and had 13 rebounds as Pittsburgh (20-11) snapped Chattanooga's 25-game winning streak. The seventh-seeded Mocs (29-4) fell for the first time since a 57-52 loss at Arkansas State on Dec. 1.

The Mocs tied the score on two Alicia Payne free throws with 12:05 left, but they went cold the rest of the game as Pittsburgh reeled off nine straight points to pull ahead for good.

Chattanooga went nearly seven minutes without a basket during one stretch in the second half against a Pittsburgh team that entered the NCAA Tournament ranked second in the ACC in field-goal percentage defense (.362).

Noles Too Much for Alabama State

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State head coach Sue Semrau said earlier this season that the Seminoles had more quality depth this year than at any other point of her 18-year tenure.

That depth carried FSU to its best regular season in school history and, on Saturday, into the second round of the NCAA women’s basketball tournament.

Shakayla Thomas scored a game-high 17 points, Leticia Romero flirted with a triple-double (14 points, 10 assists, eight rebounds) and two other Seminoles (30-4) reached double figures as second-seeded FSU cruised to a 91-49 victory over No. 15-seed Alabama State here at the Donald L. Tucker Center.

“I just want to point out what I thought was the difference in the game, which was our defensive pressure,” said FSU coach Sue Semrau, whose team advanced to the Round of 32 in its 12th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance."

That defensive pressure, Semrau said, is the result of an FSU rotation that on Saturday went 12 players deep.

Nine Seminoles played at least 12 minutes against the Hornets (17-15), and no one was on the court more than 29 minutes.

It helped FSU to force a season-high 18 steals as part of 32 Alabama State turnovers. The Seminoles parlayed those turnovers into 38 points.

No. 4 UNC Holds Off Late Push From No. 13 Liberty

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Latifah Coleman and Allisha Gray weren't going to let Sylvia Hatchell's return to the NCAA Tournament end so soon.
Gray scored 17 points and Coleman had 15 to lead North Carolina past Liberty 71-65 on Saturday in the first round of the Greensboro Region.

The fourth-seeded Tar Heels (25-8) shot 49 percent, led by 14 and withstood the Flames' late push to give their Hall of Fame coach a victory in her return to the NCAA Tournament after a year away to fight leukemia.

Ashley Rininger had 19 points and 13 rebounds for the Flames (26-7), who were trying to become the second No. 13 seed to win a tournament game.

They chipped away at North Carolina's lead down the stretch, pulling to 65-59 on Jaymee Fisher-Davis' 3-pointer with 1:02 left.

Coleman followed with a driving layup with 40.5 seconds to play before Emily Frazier hit a free throw with 26.9 seconds remaining to make it a seven-point game.

Brittany Rountree made it 69-60 with two free throws with 25.2 seconds left.

Stephanie Mavunga added 12 points on 4-of-13 shooting for North Carolina, which will play the James Madison-Ohio State winner on Monday night with a spot in the Sweet 16 on the line.

The Tar Heels have reached the regional semifinals in 14 of their last 19 NCAA Tournament appearances -- including last year under the guidance of associate head coach Andrew Calder, who filled in for Hatchell while she stepped away.

Louisville Beats BYU 86-53

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Myisha Hines-Allen scored 19 points, leading No. 3 seed Louisville to an 86-53 victory over BYU in the NCAA Tournament on Saturday.

Jude Schimmel added 13 points for the Cardinals (26-6), and Shawnta' Dyer and Bria Smith had 11 apiece.

Louisville extended a 14-point halftime lead to 48-26 on Hines-Allen's layup with 15 1/2 minutes to play.

Bailey's three-point play trimmed Louisville's lead to 54-38 with 12 minutes remaining, but BYU was unable to catch the Cardinals.

Allen had nine points as Louisville grabbed a 38-24 lead at the break. The Cardinals got 20 points off 17 BYU turnovers in the first half.

Louisville went ahead 24-12 with nine minutes left in the first half after turning consecutive takeaways into quick baskets by Smith and Schimmel.

The Cardinals' lead grew to 38-20 3 minutes before halftime when Mariya Moore got her first points on a pair of 3s. The forward, who entered averaging 13.8 points, finished with eight.