Reseeding the spherical of 32: A brand new No. 1 as we head into second spherical

No lead is protected within the 2023 ladies’s NCAA event.

On Friday, Georgia, Princeton and South Florida erased deficits to advance to the second spherical. That was simply an appetizer.

Saturday’s comebacks had been historic. For the primary time, three groups rallied from not less than 16 factors all the way down to win on the identical day, in line with ESPN Stats & Information. It’s simply the second time it has occurred in a single event, however Baylor, Miami and Ohio State all did it inside 4 hours. The Bears gained the massive prize, getting back from an 18-point first-quarter deficit towards Alabama. The Hurricanes had been down 17 to Oklahoma State at halftime. The Buckeyes trailed upset-minded James Madison by 14 halfway by the second quarter earlier than their press and the Columbus crowd received them going.

Two No. 12 seeds additionally gained Saturday after a No. 11 and No. 10 superior on Friday. The greatest stunner: Toledo taking down Big 12 champion Iowa State. Florida Gulf Coast made its technique to the second spherical for the second straight yr, knocking out one other convention champion, the Pac-12’s Washington State.

And because the upsets and dominant performances give the sector a brand new look, we’re reshaping the panorama, too.

Reseeding the 32 groups remaining means some motion even among the many finest groups. Did the No. 1 seeds do sufficient to remain on the high? Where do the double-digit seeds slot in now?

Based on the performances of the previous two days, and contemplating some accidents and participant availability, right here is our reseeded subject of 32.

Follow these hyperlinks for a whole take a look at Sunday’s schedule and Monday’s video games, that are all on the ESPN household of networks and the ESPN App. Visit this hyperlink to test your Women’s Tournament Challenge bracket. Through the primary 32 video games, six brackets stay good.

No. 1 seeds



Aaliyah Edwards dominates with 28 factors in UConn’s first-round win

Aaliyah Edwards scores 28 factors, taking pictures 13-of-15 from the sector with seven rebounds in UConn’s win over Vermont within the first spherical of the NCAA event.

South Carolina Gamecocks
NCAA seed: No. 1 general (Greenville 1)
First spherical: Defeated Norfolk State 72-40

Anyone who hadn’t watched South Carolina earlier than Friday in all probability wasn’t as impressed as the remainder of us have been all season. The always-focused Gamecocks weren’t at all times in sync and did not shoot the ball properly (38.9%). Yet, as anticipated, the Spartans by no means had an opportunity. South Carolina gained in all probably the most South Carolina methods doable: suffocating protection, dominant rebounding and nice bench manufacturing. Only two Gamecocks reached double figures, however 12 scored as coach Dawn Staley received your complete roster some doubtlessly helpful NCAA event minutes. It was merely caring for enterprise in Columbia.

Up subsequent: vs. South Florida on Sunday (1 p.m. ET, ABC)

Stanford Cardinal
NCAA seed: No. 1 (Seattle 4)
First spherical: Defeated Sacred Heart 92-49

This NCAA event marks the twenty fifth anniversary of Stanford shedding as a No. 1 seed to 16-seed Harvard. This model of the Cardinal made positive there was no hyperlink. After trailing early to the Pioneers, Stanford asserted management and was up by 19 factors at halftime. Playing with out 6-foot-4 second-team All-American Cameron Brink, out with a abdomen bug, the Cardinal nonetheless dominated inside with 56 factors within the paint and a plus-29 rebounding margin. The win was Stanford’s one hundredth in NCAA event play, which ranks third all-time behind Tennessee and UConn. The Cardinal are additionally one sport away from their fifteenth consecutive Sweet 16.

Up subsequent: vs. Ole Miss on Sunday (9:30 p.m. ET, ESPN)

UConn Huskies
NCAA seed: No. 2 (Seattle 3)
First spherical: Defeated Vermont 95-52

The Huskies can win a couple of alternative ways now that they are as wholesome as they have been all season. Saturday towards Vermont, it was about utilizing their bodily superiority to dominate inside. Aaliyah Edwards and Dorka Juhasz had been the 2 finest gamers on the court docket and mixed to go 20-for-25 from the sector. Edwards established a profession excessive with 28 factors and was almost flawless because the Catamounts provided little resistance towards the Huskies, who scored their most factors in a sport since mid-January. Many thought these Huskies had been worthy of a No. 1 seed. Now they’re. UConn now has gained 49 straight NCAA event video games within the Northeast, however the second-round sport towards Baylor would be the final one this yr. A win and the Huskies head to Seattle. The final time they did not make a Final Four was in 2007, which was additionally the final time they performed in a regional on the West Coast. That yr, UConn misplaced to LSU within the Elite Eight in Fresno.

Up subsequent: vs. Baylor on Monday

Indiana Hoosiers
NCAA seed: No. 1
First spherical: Defeated Tennessee Tech 77-47

After some early anxious moments, the Hoosiers regarded simply high quality with out Mackenzie Holmes towards Tennessee Tech and pulled away in typical vogue: good taking pictures (58.0%), numerous contributors (9 Hoosiers scored) and strong protection (the Eagles shot 22.0% within the second half). However, Indiana cannot be thought of the second general group anymore if Holmes’ knee soreness continues to restrict her going ahead within the NCAA event. She is way too necessary to Indiana’s success to faux it’s the identical group with out her or even when she has diminished capabilities. The Hoosiers would nonetheless be ok to succeed in the Sweet 16, however because the competitors will get tougher, Holmes’ well being turns into one of many event’s main storylines.

Up subsequent: vs. Miami on Monday

No. 2 seeds



Alissa Pili goes for 33 factors in Utah’s win

Alissa Pili goes for 33 factors, main Utah to the first-round win over Gardner-Webb.

Iowa Hawkeyes
NCAA seed: No. 2 (Seattle 4)
First spherical: Defeated SE Louisiana 95-43

A lesson may need been realized in Iowa City on Friday: Don’t verbally problem the Hawkeyes. Southeastern Louisiana coach Ayala Guzzardo was crucial of Iowa’s protection previous to their matchup. The Hawkeyes proceeded to fully put the clamps on the Lions within the second half, holding them to 11 factors and simply three subject targets within the last 20 minutes. The 52-point margin was the most important in an NCAA event sport in Iowa program historical past. Caitlin Clark wanted solely 29 minutes to place up 26 factors, 12 assists and seven rebounds.

The Hawkeyes had the same consequence within the opening spherical final March, scoring 98 towards Illinois State earlier than being held to 62 by Creighton in a second-round upset loss. Georgia may current a fair better defensive problem than the Bluejays, making Sunday’s matchup one of the intriguing of the second spherical.

Up subsequent: vs. Georgia on Sunday (3 p.m. ET, ABC)

Virginia Tech Hokies
NCAA seed: No. 1 (Seattle 3)
First spherical: Defeated Chattanooga 58-33

Like South Carolina, the Hokies eased into this yr’s NCAA event with out taking part in their A-game. When that occurred a yr in the past, Virginia Tech received eradicated within the opening spherical. This Hokies group is significantly better, and Virginia Tech had little hassle beating the Mocs regardless of its second-lowest scoring output of the season. Not surprisingly, the Hokies leaned on Elizabeth Kitley (12 factors, 14 rebounds) and Georgia Amoore (22 factors, 5-for-8 on 3-pointers) as they’ve throughout their now 12-game successful streak. Chattanooga was a low-scoring offense all season and was one of many worst rebounding groups within the nation. The Hokies exploited each areas, holding the Mocs to twenty-eight.6% taking pictures and outrebounding them 38-22. Neither of these issues will probably be as straightforward towards South Dakota State, which may pose an issue for Virginia Tech if it would not play with a little bit extra punch within the assault.

Up subsequent: vs. South Dakota State on Sunday (5 p.m. ET, ESPN2)

Maryland Terrapins
NCAA seed: No. 2
First spherical: Defeated Holy Cross 93-61

The Terrapins weren’t taking any probabilities. They did not let Holy Cross breathe within the opening minutes, scoring the sport’s first 14 factors. And then lower than seven minutes into the sport, the Crusaders had been in a gap too deep. It was businesslike after that for Maryland, which compelled 24 turnovers and had 13 steals. The Terps did not want a lot out of main scorer and second-team All-American Diamond Miller. Her 13 factors marked Miller’s lowest output since Thanksgiving weekend. Getting 4 3-pointers from Brinae Alexander is an efficient signal for the Terps because the competitors will get higher, beginning with Arizona.

Up subsequent: vs. Arizona on Sunday (5:30 p.m. ET, ESPN)

Utah Utes
NCAA seed: No. 2 (Greenville 2)
First spherical: Defeated Gardner-Webb 103-77

Alissa Pili was one of the environment friendly and productive gamers within the nation all season. She took it to a different degree towards Gardner-Webb. The Pac-12 Player of the Year scored a career-high 33 factors on simply 17 photographs. Pili added eight rebounds and eight assists, main the Utes, who had 32 assists on 37 made subject targets. The Runnin’ Bulldogs got here into the sport on a 21-game successful streak, however their technique of taking part in Pili one-on-one within the submit was unsuccessful from the beginning. Pili both scored or assisted on Utah’s first 5 baskets. Princeton will pose extra of a defensive problem, however the Utes will probably be taking part in one other double-digit seed as they attempt to advance to their first Sweet 16 since 2006.

Up subsequent: Princeton on Sunday (7 p.m. ET, ESPN2)

No. 3 seeds



Cotie McMahon with the large block on the rim

Cotie McMahon with the large block on the rim

LSU Tigers
NCAA seed: No. 3 (Greenville 2)
First spherical: Defeated Hawai’i 73-50

Despite a cushty win and second consecutive journey to the second spherical since Kim Mulkey’s arrival, the Tigers’ greatest takeaway Friday may be that Angel Reese wants extra assist. The sophomore’s 34-point, 15-rebound efficiency was one of the best by an SEC participant within the NCAA event this century, however freshman Flau’jae Johnson (10 factors) was the one different LSU participant in double figures. The remainder of the group mixed to shoot simply 33.3% from the sector. Against a veteran Michigan group, the Tigers will seemingly want extra contributions to advance.

Up subsequent: vs. Michigan on Sunday (7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN)

Ohio State Buckeyes
NCAA seed: No. 3 (Seattle 3)
First spherical: Defeated James Madison 80-66

Falling behind early has turn into a curious hallmark of those Buckeyes. They got here from 24 all the way down to beat Indiana within the Big Ten event, and so they did it once more Saturday towards the Dukes. After falling behind by 16 halfway by the second quarter, Ohio State used its vaunted full-court press to fully flip across the sport. The Buckeyes compelled 20 turnovers and ultimately flipped the rating to a 16-point lead earlier than successful by 14. The 32-point turnaround and this system’s sixth straight NCAA event with not less than one win is the excellent news. The dangerous information is Ohio State made solely two 3-pointers and dedicated 27 fouls.

Up subsequent: vs. North Carolina on Monday

Tennessee Lady Vols
NCAA seed: No. 4 (Seattle 3)
First spherical: Defeated Saint Louis 95-50

All the traits that enticed so many consultants to place Tennessee within the high 5 within the preseason had been on show towards Saint Louis. The Lady Vols dominated with their size defensively, managed the boards and received environment friendly scoring from stars Jordan Horston (21 factors, 9-of-11 from the sector) and Rickea Jackson (18 factors, 8-of-13 from the sector). Any ideas of an upset disappeared shortly and the gang at Thompson-Boling Arena had a comparatively stress-free afternoon. That sort of dominance is sufficient to transfer the Lady Vols up a seed line. A yr in the past, the Lady Vols additionally drew a No. 12 seed coming off an upset within the second spherical, and simply survived Belmont to get to the Sweet 16. Toledo brings the same problem.

Up subsequent: vs. Toledo on Monday

Duke Blue Devils
NCAA seed: No. 3 (Seattle 4)
First spherical: Defeated Iona 89-49

The Blue Devils mixed to attain 81 factors within the final two video games within the ACC event. So take into account Saturday’s 89-point output towards the Gaels an offensive renaissance. As is at all times the case with this Duke group, the assault begins with protection, which registered 11 steals, however 4 gamers in double figures and 58.5% taking pictures is an efficient signal whatever the opponent. That’s why the Blue Devils received the nod over Notre Dame, Villanova and Texas — all of which additionally registered blowout wins — for the ultimate No. 3 seed.

Up subsequent: vs. Colorado on Monday

No. 4 seeds



Maddy Siegrist cooks Cleveland State for 35 factors

Maddy Siegrist continues her stellar season as she scores 35 factors in Villanova’s first-round win over Cleveland State.

Notre Dame Fighting Irish
NCAA seed: No. 3 (Greenville 1)
First spherical: Defeated Southern Utah 82-56

Perhaps it was a St. Patrick’s Day spark, or the matchup with the Thunderbirds was excellent, however the Irish’s offense regarded simply high quality with out Olivia Miles. The 27 first-quarter factors little doubt offered some confidence to a group that totaled simply 38 within the ACC event semifinals towards Louisville with out Miles. With the information that Miles will not play within the NCAA event due to a knee damage she suffered within the regular-season finale, Niele Ivey has turned extra of the ballhandling duties to Sonia Citron, and the sophomore responded with 14 factors, six assists and, most significantly, zero turnovers. Notre Dame’s NCAA event ceiling is decrease with out Miles, however for at some point not less than the Irish did extra than simply survive.

Up subsequent: vs. Mississippi State on Sunday (3:30 p.m. ET, ESPN)

Villanova Wildcats
NCAA seed: No. 4 (Greenville 2)
First spherical: Defeated Cleveland State 76-59

Only 4 gamers in Division I historical past had scored 1,000 factors in a single season. After Villanova’s straightforward win over Cleveland State on Saturday, that quantity is 5. Maddy Siegrist led the way in which, as she virtually at all times does for the Wildcats, with 35 factors, and within the course of she joined Jackie Stiles, Odyssey Sims, Kelsey Plum and Megan Gustafson on that unique listing. Siegrist, who entered the event averaging a nation-best 28.9 factors per sport, scored 22 of her 35 factors within the first half as Villanova constructed a 21-point lead in a sport that was by no means doubtful.

Up subsequent: vs. Florida Gulf Coast on Monday

Texas Longhorns
NCAA seed: No. 4 (Seattle 4)
First spherical: Defeated East Carolina 79-40

Overwhelmed might be one of the simplest ways to explain what East Carolina was feeling towards the Longhorns on Saturday. Texas put the clamps on the Pirates, permitting simply 10 subject targets your complete sport. The different piece of excellent information for Texas was the return of Sonya Morris. The senior guard performed 13 minutes and scored 4 factors in her first sport since Feb. 4. Morris missed 10 video games with a quadriceps damage, however her outdoors taking pictures is a key to a deep Longhorns run. The Texas win additionally put three Big 12 groups into the second spherical after the league started the event 0-3.

Up subsequent: vs. Louisville on Monday

UCLA Bruins
NCAA seed: No. 4 (Greenville 1)
First spherical: Defeated Sacramento State 67-45

The Bruins’ comfy win over Big Sky champ Sacramento State gave the Pac-12 a 5-2 file within the first spherical. That matched the Big Ten for the second-best file amongst multiple-bid leagues. (The SEC completed 7-1.) Five totally different Bruins scored within the first 4 minutes as UCLA raced to a 16-2 lead within the first spherical’s last sport. That sort of stability continued, and the Bruins simply prevented being a sufferer of one other large comeback. The win units up a sport with Oklahoma in what might be one of the best matchup of the second spherical.

Up subsequent: vs. Oklahoma on Monday

No. 5 seeds



Michigan will get opening spherical win over UNLV

Michigan is ready to decide up the first-round win over UNLV and advance to the second spherical of the NCAA Women’s event.

Colorado Buffaloes
NCAA seed: No. 6 (Seattle 4)
First spherical: Defeated Middle Tennessee 82-60

Colorado was alleged to have a measurement and rebounding benefit over Middle Tennessee. The Buffs weren’t supposed to have the ability to outshoot one of the efficient offensive groups within the nation. But they did simply that, making a season-best 13 3-pointers in probably the most dominant first-round efficiency by a group outdoors the top-four seeds. And after they did miss, that measurement benefit delivered, too. At one level within the second half, Colorado had as many offensive rebounds because the Blue Raiders had whole boards. After being an upset sufferer to Creighton within the first spherical a yr in the past, the Buffs gained their first NCAA event sport in 22 years.

Up subsequent: vs. Duke on Monday

Louisville Cardinals
NCAA seed: No. 5 (Seattle 4)
First spherical: Defeated Drake 83-81

The No. 5 seed was wanting like an endangered species. The first two that performed Saturday had been bounced, and Louisville was in a battle with Drake. Some key defensive performs and 5 factors within the last 16 seconds from Hailey Van Lith helped the Cardinals keep away from the identical destiny as Iowa State and Washington State. Louisville has gained not less than one sport within the NCAA event yearly since 2011. Van Lith carried the load with 26 factors, however Olivia Cochran and Liz Dixon mixed for simply 13 factors towards a small Bulldogs group. If the Cardinals are going to get to a sixth consecutive Sweet 16, that pair of posts should play a lot larger towards the bodily Longhorns.

Up subsequent: vs. Texas on Monday

Michigan Wolverines
NCAA seed: No. 6
First spherical: Defeated UNLV 71-59

The Wolverines misplaced within the quarterfinals of the Big Ten event, and so they regarded like they benefited from the layoff. Michigan appeared sharper towards UNLV than it had at any time within the common season’s last three weeks. It’s a system that breeds Michigan success: Emily Kiser received on the boards (10 rebounds, 18 factors), Maddie Nolan made perimeter photographs (4 of 6 3-pointers, 18 factors) and Leigha Brown ran the offense (17 factors, seven assists). If the veterans produce like that once more, a 3rd straight journey to the Sweet 16 is a risk.

Up subsequent: vs. LSU on Sunday (7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN)

Oklahoma Sooners
NCAA seed: No. 5 (Greenville 1)
First spherical: Defeated Portland 85-63

When Aubrey Joens left Iowa State for Oklahoma, she in all probability did not suppose she can be taking part in deeper into the NCAA event than her sister, Ashley. But with the Cyclones eradicated in one among Saturday’s greatest upsets, and Aubrey scoring eight of her 14 factors in a key third quarter rally, it is the Sooners, not Iowa State, that performs on. It took Oklahoma a little bit time to shake the WCC event champion Pilots, however a giant second half received the nation’s second-highest scoring group proper to its common, and the Sooners their second NCAA event win in as a few years underneath Jennie Baranczyk.

Up subsequent: vs. UCLA on Monday

No. 6 seeds



Deja Kelly’s and-1 proves to be winner in wild UNC victory

Deja Kelly’s and-1 stands because the winner for North Carolina after St. John’s Danielle Patterson misses free throws down the stretch.

North Carolina Tar Heels
NCAA seed: No. 6 (Seattle 3)
First spherical: Defeated St. John’s 61-59

Nothing has been straightforward for North Carolina this season, so why ought to its first NCAA event sport be any totally different? After main from the opening leap, the Tar Heels out of the blue discovered themselves trailing halfway by the fourth quarter. After battling again, North Carolina received a three-point play from Deja Kelly after which needed to survive missed free throws by the Red Storm to advance. An 0-3 ACC begin, early February accidents to 2 starters and a disappointing efficiency within the ACC event at the moment are behind the Tar Heels, who improved to 3-2 within the NCAA event underneath Courtney Banghart.

Up subsequent: vs. Ohio State on Monday

Ole Miss Rebels
NCAA seed: No. 8 (Seattle 4)
First spherical: Defeated Gonzaga 71-48

After the primary spherical, Ole Miss coach Yolett McPhee-McCuin wrote on Twitter, “We defend.” Her group definitely did. The Rebels had been bodily with Gonzaga from the beginning and held probably the most correct 3-point taking pictures group within the nation to 1-for-17 from deep. Ole Miss shortly turned an 8-9 sport right into a mismatch in one of many first spherical’s most spectacular performances. A 15-2 run halfway by the second quarter, highlighted by three Snudda Collins 3-pointers, appeared to crush Gonzaga’s spirit. Ole Miss by no means let the Zags again into the sport and received this system’s first NCAA event win since 2007.

Up subsequent: vs. Stanford on Sunday (9:30 p.m. ET, ESPN)

Arizona Wildcats
NCAA seed: No. 7
First spherical: Defeated West Virginia 75-62

The Wildcats have now gained not less than one sport previously three NCAA tournaments, and so they did it counting on the veterans who’ve been there for all of them. Cate Reese and Shaina Pellington mixed for 43 factors and helped Arizona management the sport all through. Getting to the Sweet 16 would possibly rely upon some enchancment from the 3-point line, the place Arizona made 2-of-12 towards the Mountaineers, and taking part in higher on the highway. Facing Maryland in College Park is a a lot larger problem, and the Wildcats are simply 7-5 on the highway this season.

Up subsequent: vs. Maryland on Sunday (5:30 p.m. ET, ESPN)

South Dakota State Jackrabbits
NCAA seed: No. 9
First spherical: Defeated USC 62-57 OT

Now in her sixth yr at South Dakota State, Myah Selland has been this system’s finest participant since her sophomore season. And it was solely becoming that Selland led the way in which within the Jackrabbits’ first NCAA event win since 2019. At occasions, USC could not cease her, regardless that it was apparent who was getting the ball. Selland completed with 29 factors and scored South Dakota State’s first 9 factors within the further interval. She was merely an excessive amount of for the Trojans to beat. The final time they had been right here, the Jackrabbits superior to the Sweet 16.

Up subsequent: vs. Virginia Tech (5 p.m. ET, ESPN2)

No. 7 seeds



Grace Stone, Princeton come up large late to upset NC State

Grace Stone hits a go-ahead 3-pointer late within the sport, then Princeton prevents NC State from getting a last shot off in a 64-63 win.

Mississippi State Bulldogs
NCAA seed: No. 11 (Greenville 1)
First spherical: Defeated Creighton 81-66

“Talk to me nice” has been coach Sam Purcell’s mantra all through his first season in Starkville, however his group has been something however good to its opponents within the NCAA event. After disposing of Illinois within the First Four, the Bulldogs had been much more spectacular in taking out Creighton, final yr’s Cinderella. Mississippi State imposed its measurement, athleticism and depth on the Bluejays from the opening minutes and by no means relented. The Bulldogs by no means trailed and are the primary 2-0 group on this yr’s event.

Up subsequent: vs. Notre Dame on Sunday (3:30 p.m. ET, ESPN)

Florida Gulf Coast Eagles
NCAA seed: No. 12 (Greenville 2)
First spherical: Defeated Washington State 74-63

For a second straight yr, the Eagles are into the second spherical as a No. 12 seed after beating the Cougars. FGCU does two issues on offense: shoot 3-pointers and take layups. On Saturday, coach Karl Smesko leaned into attending to the rim. The nation’s most prolific 3-point-shooting group made solely 5 treys Saturday however scored 50 factors within the paint. FGCU routinely took the ball proper on the Cougars, who by no means discovered a solution. The analytics strategy gained once more. The Eagles took solely two photographs outdoors of the lane that weren’t 3-pointers. Maryland was an excessive amount of bodily for FGCU in final yr’s second spherical, however that should not be the case towards Villanova in what might be a high-scoring second-round sport.

Up subsequent: vs. Villanova on Monday

Baylor Bears
NCAA seed: No. 7 (Seattle 3)
First spherical: Defeated Alabama 78-74

Heading into the event, Baylor was taking pictures 31.4% on 3-pointers — which ranks a hundred and sixtieth within the nation. Against Alabama, the Bears had been 14-for-28 from 3-point vary to turn into the third group Saturday to erase a double-digit deficit. Of the three comebacks, Baylor’s was the largest and probably the most inconceivable. Baylor misplaced six of its last 9 video games heading into the Big Dance, and when Baylor received down 22-4 after the primary quarter, it regarded like these troubles had been persevering with. Then the 3-pointers started to fall. Ja’Mee Asberry, a 31% 3-point shooter on the season, made seven of the long-range photographs Saturday to guide the Bears with 26 factors.

Up subsequent: vs. UConn on Monday

Princeton Tigers
NCAA seed: No. 10 (Greenville 2)
First spherical: Defeated NC State 64-63

After combating their method again into the sport late within the fourth quarter, the Tigers nonetheless regarded like they may come up quick. Then got here an premature turnover for NC State and a wonderfully executed play for a Grace Stone 3-pointer, and Princeton had the upset and one other first-round victory. Not as offensively proficient as they’ve been lately, protection was the Tigers’ calling card all season, and so they held the Wolfpack scoreless for the ultimate 5:43 to offer themselves an opportunity. It paid off in Stone’s third game-winning shot this season. Utah’s offense will probably be a tall process, however Villanova and UConn every solely scored 69 towards Princeton, two video games the Tigers had been in till the tip.

Up subsequent: vs. Utah on Sunday (7 p.m. ET, ESPN2)

No. 8 seeds



Tishara Morehouse drives and will get the and-1 to fall

Tishara Morehouse fights off her defender for a Florida Gulf Coast and-1.

Georgia Lady Bulldogs
NCAA seed: No. 10 (Seattle 4)
First spherical: Defeated Florida State 66-54

The Lady Bulldogs may need let injury-depleted FSU hold round a little bit longer than they might have preferred, however a giant late-third-quarter/early-fourth-quarter run put the sport away. Georgia used the bodily zone protection coach Katie Abrahamson-Henderson introduced together with her from UCF to stifle Florida State, which did not have main scorer Ta’Niya Latson and was with out second-leading scorer Makayla Timpson for a lot of the primary half after she suffered a reduce close to her eye. Diamond Battles, who got here with Abrahamson-Henderson from UCF, scored 21 factors and is without doubt one of the SEC’s finest backcourt defenders. Battles and Georgia’s zone get the final word take a look at in Round 2 with Caitlin Clark and Iowa awaiting.

Up subsequent: vs. Iowa on Sunday (3 p.m. ET, ABC)

South Florida Bulls
NCAA seed: No. 8 (Greenville 1)
First spherical: Defeated Marquette 67-65 OT

The Bulls may need been the higher group towards Marquette for less than about 10 minutes, however they picked the correct 10 minutes. South Florida trailed by 11 late within the third quarter and did not have its first lead till 1:21 remained in regulation. Leading scorer Elena Tsineke missed eight of her first 9 photographs however scored 11 of her 13 factors within the fourth quarter and extra time, together with the sector objective that in the end determined the sport. Dulcy Fankam Mendjiadeu was her regular dominant self on the boards and completed with 22 factors and 16 rebounds, her twenty fourth double-double of the season, however her process will get far more tough with Aliyah Boston and Kamilla Cardoso awaiting in Round 2.

Up subsequent: vs. South Carolina on Sunday (1 p.m. ET, ABC)

Miami Hurricanes
NCAA seed: No. 9 (Greenville 2)
First spherical: Defeated Oklahoma State 62-61

The Hurricanes had been one other a kind of groups that erased a giant deficit. They had been down 17 earlier than a second-half rally put them within the second spherical for the second consecutive yr. Asked about what changes she made to show across the sport, coach Katie Meier was her typical trustworthy self: She mentioned there have been none. The first half was only a collection of dangerous breaks. If her group simply stayed the course and adopted the unique sport plan, Miami would discover its method again. She was proper. From halftime till there was 5:37 left within the last quarter, the Hurricanes outscored the Cowgirls 33-9. Haley Cavinder fueled the fifth-largest comeback in NCAA event historical past with 12 of her 16 factors after halftime, and he or she made the deciding free throw with 8.9 seconds left.

Up subsequent: vs. Indiana on Monday

Toledo Rockets
NCAA seed: No. 12 (Seattle)
First spherical: Defeated Iowa State 80-73

The Rockets performed like a group nonetheless offended about not making the NCAA event a yr in the past. This season, they left nothing to probability with their bid by successful the MAC event after which took no probabilities towards the Cyclones, taking the lead halfway by the second quarter and by no means giving it up. The upset marked Toledo’s first NCAA event win since 1996. The Cyclones, who had been simply 9-9 in highway/impartial court docket video games this season, by no means discovered a solution for Toledo guard and MAC Player of the Year Quinesha Lockett, who led everybody with 24 factors and 13 rebounds. Iowa State nice Ashley Joens scored 23 factors within the last sport of her school profession.

Up subsequent: vs. Tennessee on Monday