NCAA women’s basketball: UConn crushes Temple

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Maya Moore scored 19 points and No. 1 Connecticut outscored Temple by 43 points in a near-perfect first half Tuesday night and the Huskies beat the Owls 90-36 in the second round of the NCAA women’s tournament.

The victory was the 74th in a row for the Huskies (35-0), the longest streak in NCAA Division I women’s history, and probably one of the least enjoyable for coach Geno Auriemma since it came against a team coached by Tonya Cardoza, one of his assistants for 14 years.

But Cardoza and the eighth-seeded Owls (25-9) never had a chance.

Moore hit 3-pointers on the Huskies’ first two possession, they ran off 20 points in a row in 6 minutes after Temple closed within 13-5 and finished the half on a 20-1 burst.

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Qweida Wallace led the Owls with 12 points, but on 4 for 17 shooting.

No. 7 Mississippi State 87, No. 2 Ohio State 67

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Alexis Rack drove through and around Ohio State’s slow-to-react defense for 30 points and Mississippi State upset the Buckeyes to reach the NCAA women’s tournament round of 16 for the first time.

The Lady Bulldogs trailed by as many as eight points in the first half, only to use their quickness, adept ball movement and outside shooting to seize control with an 18-0 run that turned a 32-26 deficit into a 44-32 lead. They never looked back in avenging a second-round loss to the Buckeyes a season ago.

Ohio State star Jantel Lavender, harassed all night by Chanel Mokango, scored 17 points — many after it was far too late.

Mississippi State (21-12) plays Florida State (28-5) on Sunday in Dayton.

SACRAMENTO REGIONAL

No. 3 Xavier 63, No. 6 Vanderbilt 62

CINCINNATI (AP) — Amber Harris led a last-minute Xavier comeback and made the go-ahead layup with 12.3 seconds left, rallying the Musketeers to a victory over Vanderbilt in the second round of the NCAA tournament.

The 6-foot-5 forward bailed Xavier (29-3) out of a 10-point deficit, scoring the Musketeers’ last six points. Xavier will take a 20-game winning streak into its Sacramento Regional semifinal game against Gonzaga on Saturday.

Vanderbilt (23-11) led most of the game behind the steadying play of All-SEC point guard Jence Rhoads, who had 20 points and seven assists. After Harris’ layup put Xavier ahead, Vanderbilt had two shots to win it. Lauren Lueders missed from the top of the key, and Rhoads got the rebound and put up a shot from the left of the basket. The ball rattled around — hitting both sides of the hoop — before wiggling out.

KANSAS CITY REGIONAL

No. 2 Notre Dame 84, No. 10 Vermont 66

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Skylar Diggins had a season-high 31 points, seven steals, and six assists to lead Notre Dame to a victory over Vermont.

The Irish finished with 19 steals and forced the Catamounts into a season-high 25 turnovers. Notre Dame, which fell behind by 10 points eight minutes into the game, finished the half on a 32-13 run to open a 42-33 lead at intermission. The Catamounts never got closer than eight points.

Notre Dame (29-5) advanced to the Kansas City Regional semifinal, their eighth trip to the round of 16 in last 14 years. Vermont (27-7), which beat Wisconsin on Sunday for its first NCAA tournament win ever, fell to 0-8 all-time vs. top 10 teams. The Irish finished the regular season ranked No. 7.

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