NCAA ACCtion: Duke, North Carolina Advance To Sweet 16

March 22, 2011

Duke Sneaks Past Marist, 71-66

DURHAM, N.C. - Freshman Chelsea Gray scored all 13 of her points in the second half to help Duke rally from 11 down and beat Marist 71-66 on Monday night in the second round of the NCAA tournament.

Gray hit the go-ahead free throws with 2:27 left, part of an 11-0 run that helped the second-seeded Blue Devils (31-3) escape what would have been a stunning loss on their own home court. She also knocked down a long 3-pointer to beat the shot clock, then followed her free throws by poking the ball loose from Kate Oliver and getting out in transition for a layup that capped the run and gave Duke a 65-60 lead with 1:33 left.

Jasmine Thomas scored 17 points to lead the Blue Devils, who have won 16 straight NCAA games at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Duke advanced in the Philadelphia Regional to the round of 16 for the second straight year and will face third-seeded DePaul.

Duke ended Marist's 27-game winning streak, which was the longest in the nation.

Tar Heels Head to Sweet Sixteen with Win Over Wildcats, 86-74

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Italee Lucas scored 22 points and Jessica Breland added 18, helping North Carolina hold off Kentucky 86-74 in the second round of the NCAA tournament Monday night, the Tar Heels' superior size trumping the Wildcats' awesome quickness.

North Carolina (27-8) will face Stanford on Saturday in Spokane, Wash. The fifth-seeded Tar Heels reached the round of 16 one year after going one-and-out in the NCAA tournament without Breland, who missed last season while fighting cancer.

The fourth-seeded Wildcats were led by Victoria Dunlap's 23 points. Kentucky, which hasn't beaten North Carolina in five tries, finished 25-9 a year after reaching the round of eight.

Georgia Tech Falls to Ohio State, 67-60

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Jantel Lavender scored 17 of her 21 points in the second half to set an NCAA record with her 135th straight double-figure scoring game, leading Ohio State past Georgia Tech 67-60 Monday night in the second round of the NCAA tournament.

Lavender, who had been tied with Oklahoma's Courtney Paris with 134 consecutive games of 10 or more points, also grabbed 11 rebounds. She dominated in the paint as the Buckeyes advanced to a regional semifinal Saturday against top-seeded Tennessee in Dayton.

Samantha Prahalis added 16 points and eight assists, and Ashley Adams scored 11 for the fourth-seeded Buckeyes (24-9), who have won 11 in a row.

Metra Walthour had 15 points to lead the fifth-seeded Yellow Jackets (24-11).