Griner leads Baylor past FloridaBrittney Griner became the second woman to dunk in an NCAA tournament game Tuesday night, slamming one down with her right hand early in the second half of top-seeded Baylor’s 76-57 win over ninth-seeded Florida.
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (AP) — Brittney Griner became the second woman to dunk in an NCAA tournament game Tuesday night, slamming one down with her right hand early in the second half of top-seeded Baylor’s 76-57 win over ninth-seeded Florida.
Griner went nearly 12 minutes without scoring at the beginning of the game but finished with 25 points, including the night’s biggest highlight.
Odyssey Sims added 14 points for Baylor (36-0). Azania Stewart led Florida (20-13) with 14.
Candace Parker of Tennessee dunked twice in an NCAA tournament game in 2006 against Army. Griner’s dunk was her first of the season and sixth of her career. Parker holds the career record with seven.
The Lady Bears will play Georgia Tech in the round of 16.
GEORGIA TECH 76, GEORGETOWN 64
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Sydney Wallace continued her scoring tear with 23 points, and Georgia Tech claimed its first berth in the regional semifinals of the women’s NCAA tournament by beating Georgetown.
Sasha Goodlett added 14 points and 11 rebounds for the Yellow Jackets (26-8).
They shot 50 percent and never let Georgetown get closer than eight in the second half while winning for the 15th time in 18 games and prolonging the best season in school history.
Now comes their biggest challenge: A trip to Iowa to face Baylor — the tournament’s top overall seed — on Saturday.
Sugar Rodgers had 14 points on 4-of-19 shooting for the Hoyas (23-9), who were denied a second straight spot in the round of 16. Georgetown didn’t get closer than 10 in the final 12 minutes.
RALEIGH REGIONAL No. 1 NOTRE DAME 73, No. 8 CALIFORNIA 62
SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Natalie Novosel scored 28 points and top-seeded Notre Dame pulled away in the second half to beat California and earn a spot in the NCAA tournament’s round of 16.
Skylar Diggins added 21 points and Devereaux Peters 11 points and 14 rebounds for the Irish (32-3). Novosel was 18-for-20 from the free throw line.
The Irish started the second half with a 10-2 run and came up with five early steals, setting off the partisan crowd at Purcell Pavilion. Notre Dame led by as many as 17.
Cal (25-10), tied with the Irish 31-31 at the half, got 17 points from Layshia Clarendon and 15 from Reshanda Gray. But the Golden Bears were hurt by 19 turnovers.
No. 5 ST. BONAVENTURE 66, No. 13 MARIST 63
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Jessica Jenkins scored 22 points and Doris Ortega contributed 13 points and 10 rebounds to lead St. Bonaventure over Marist.
Leanne Ockenden missed a desperation 3-point shot at the buzzer for 13th- seeded Marist, which was lowest seed to advance into the second round.
The fifth-seeded Bonnies (31-3), making their first NCAA appearance, took the lead for good with 9:38 left on Chelsea Bowker’s 3-point shot.
Marist (26-8) had a chance to tie the score at 64 with 1:25 left, but Kelsey Beynnon missed a free throw that would have completed a three-point play.
Jenkins made six 3-pointers.
Brandy Gang led Marist with 19 points, 14 coming in the second half.