NCAA ACCtion: Three Teams Fall in Tough Second-Round Games

March 22, 2011

FSU Edged by Georgia, 61-59

Jasmine James scored on a putback with 2.1 seconds left, then made the subsequent free throw to lift Georgia to a 61-59 victory over Florida State on Tuesday night and into the round of 16 of the NCAA tournament for the second straight year.

The 5-foot-9 James caught the ball in midair after a missed jumper by Porsha Phillips, tossed it in and drew a foul. The opportunity came after Georgia's Meredith Mitchell forced a jump ball following another miss.

Florida State (24-8) didn't get another shot off as Christian Hunnicutt's pass to Courtney Ward at midcourt went out of bounds as time expired.

The Seminoles didn't have a field goal over the final 10 minutes.

Anne Marie Armstrong scored 15 points and James had 14 for the Lady Bulldogs, who trailed by 10 points midway through the second half.

Cierra Bravard led the Seminoles with 19 points and 10 rebounds but couldn't deliver them to the regional finals, where last season ended. Courtney Ward scored 12 points, all on second-half 3-pointers, and tied her own team postseason record with nine assists.

Alexa Deluzio added 11 points.

Florida State took a 59-58 lead when Deluzio hit the second of two free throws with 35 seconds left. Georgia coach Andy Landers had called timeout after her first attempt rimmed out.

Then, Phillips missed a jumper and Bravard grabbed the rebound but Mitchell forced the jump ball, allowing the Lady Bulldogs another shot - or two.

Florida State had raced to a 51-41 lead when Ward hit her fourth 3-pointer of the half after going scoreless in the first.  

Hurricanes Battle Back but Fall to Oklahoma

Miami erased a 15-point deficit to tie Oklahoma late in the second half, but the Sooners sank their free throws late, ending the 'Canes breakout season 88-83 Tuesday night in the women's NCAA Tournament.

Whitney Hand scored a career-high 27 points to lead the Sooners (23-11), who will move on to the Dayton Regional two victories away from a third straight trip to the Final Four.

Shenise Johnson scored 25 points to lead Miami (28-5), including the jumper with 3:26 to go that tied it at 79-all. The Hurricanes didn't score against until Sylvia Bullock's basket inside with 47 seconds to play. That made it 85-81, but Hand hit two free throws with 41 seconds to go, restoring the six-point lead, and the Hurricanes' comeback came up short.

Danielle Robinson had 18 points and 11 assists for Oklahoma. Morgan Stroman added 18 points and 14 rebounds and Riquna Williams scored 17 for Miami.

The Sooners led almost all the way after a 17-4 first-half run stretched their lead into double digits, but the Hurricanes kept chipping away by using their frenetic defense to force 18 turnovers -- six more than Sooners coach Sherri Coale said would ensure victory.

After Johnson's jumper from the baseline tied it, Robinson was fouled going to the basket and made both shots. Oklahoma rebounded a miss at the other end, and this time Robinson scored on a drive. After another miss, this one from right in front of the basket by Stroman, Robinson was fouled again after dribbling away some time, and finished an 8-for-8 night with two more.

Bullock's basket gave the Hurricanes hope, but Hand dashed that, finishing off a night on which the Sooners' unselfish ball-sharing contrasted Miami's hot-potato attack.

The Sooners finished with 22 assists on 29 baskets, and hit 11 of 29 3-pointers, while Miami assisted on only half of its 32 buckets.

Maryland Falls to Georgetown, 79-57

The fourth-seeded Maryland women's basketball team fell to fifth-seeded Georgetown 79-57 Tuesday night in the NCAA Second Round at Comcast Center.

Freshman Alyssa Thomas had 23 points and 14 rebounds for Maryland (24-8), and Lynetta Kizer contributed 11 points and 10 rebounds. Freshman Laurin Mincy added 12 points for the Terps.

Thomas went 11-for-11 at the free throw line with two assists and two blocks.

Georgetown's Sugar Rodgers notched 34 points, including 21 in the first half, off 7-of-10 three-point shooting. Monica McNutt and Rubylee Wright each added 14 points.

The Hoyas (24-10) jumped out to an 11-0 lead early on. Down 13-1 in the first half, Kizer made a layup with 13:43 remaining to jumpstart a 13-1 run that would tie the game at 14 with 10:35 left in the half.

In the first three minutes, Maryland starting forward Diandra Tchatchouang left with a knee injury and did not return.

Maryland won the battle on the glass for the 28th game out of 32 this year. The Terps grabbed 40 boards to the Hoyas' 38. Maryland scored 24 points inside to Georgetown's 10.

Sophomore Dara Taylor dished a team-high four assists and Anjale Barrett added three.