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March 22, 2010
DURHAM, N.C. - Duke kept taking the ball from typically sure-handed LSU. It was only a matter of time before the game belonged to the Blue Devils, too.
Jasmine Thomas scored 15 points to help Duke pull away late and beat the Tigers 60-52 on Monday night in the second round of the NCAA women's tournament.
Bridgette Mitchell scored 12 points for the second-seeded Blue Devils (29-5), who went ahead to stay on Thomas' layup with 3½ minutes left. The Tigers (21-10), whose average of 12½ turnovers per game ranked No. 2 nationally, matched a season high with 22 giveaways - many against Duke's tough matchup zone - and had one field goal in the final 4 minutes.
So much pressure, in fact, that LSU coach Van Chancellor said the Blue Devils' zone "makes it look like there's six players out there."
Hightower had 19 points and LaSondra Barrett added 12 for No. 7 seed LSU. Katherine Graham hit two free throws with 3:49 left to give the Tigers their last lead at 47-46.
Thomas drove the lane for a left-handed layup, and Keturah Jackson added a stickback to start the 10-2 run that put the Blue Devils on their way to their 12th regional semifinal berth in 13 years. They're headed to Memphis next weekend, when they will face the winner of Tuesday night's San Diego State-West Virginia game.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Jacinta Monroe wasn't ready for her Florida State career to end. And the Seminoles never needed her more, either.
Monroe scored Florida State's final four points of regulation to spark a last-ditch rally, then scored the gamewinner with 28.9 seconds left as the Seminoles beat St. John's 66-65 in the second round of the NCAA women's tournament on Monday night - a game featuring 19 ties and 19 lead changes.
Monroe scored a game-high 16 points for Florida State (28-5), which got 15 from Alysha Harvin and 10 each from Chasity Clayton and Alexa Deluzio.
Nadirah McKenith scored 15 for St. John's (25-7), which was trying to reach the NCAA round of 16 for the first time. Stevens had 14 points and 10 rebounds despite spending much of the second half and overtime battling leg cramps, and Joy McCorvey added 13 for the Red Storm.
St. John's had a chance at the buzzer to win it. Stevens had a good look from the left wing, but her bank shot bounced off the rim as the horn sounded, and the Seminoles stormed their home floor in celebration.
Florida State coach Sue Semrau grabbed the house microphone moments later, telling the home crowd that they couldn't have gotten "there" without them.
"There" for Florida State is defined as Dayton: The Seminoles next play in Sunday's Dayton Regional semifinals, where they'll meet the winner of Tuesday's game in Pittsburgh between Ohio State (31-4) and Mississippi State (20-12).
To say it was close throughout would be a bit of an understatement.
Neither team ever went on a big run, nor was there ever a moment where it seemed like one team was on the cusp of taking control. There were 10 ties and 12 lead changes in the first half, St. John's never leading by more than three, Florida State never by more than four.