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No. 12 seed Toledo Rockets at No. 5 seed Iowa State Cyclones80-73
Quinesha Lockett led the way for Toledo with 24 points, 13 rebounds and four assists. Sophia Viard added 15 points, three assists and two blocks, while Jayda Johnson had 17 points. Veteran Ashley Jones had 23 points, 13 boards, three assists and two steals in the final loss of his career. espn Projects her to be the No. 10 pick in the WNBA Draft.
Iowa State cut it to 78–73 on a Dayne Fritz three with 29 seconds remaining, but Wired’s free throw put the game away. The Cyclones led 23–20 after one, but lost the second 23–13.
The Rockets won by a field goal percentage of 48.4 to 34.8 over the heavily favored Cyclones, who were coming off the Big 12 Tournament Championship. Toledo also won 3-point percentage 36.8 to 19.4, with Iowa State going 6 of 31.
number 6 seed North Carolina Tar Heels over No. 11 seed St. John’s Red Storm, 61-59
A Deja Kelly 3-point play with two seconds remaining proved to be the game-winner. This gave the Heels a 61–58 lead and then Danielle Patterson called a controversial foul call on Deja Kelly while shooting a three, but missed her first two free throws and intentionally neglected to attempt to miss the third. Did. He made the final free throw and St. John’s was not able to draw a foul before time expired.
North Carolina had a trio of double-figure scorers: Kelly (18 points), Kennedy Todd-Williams (14) and Alyssa Ustby (13). Todd Williams also had seven rebounds. Jayla Everett dropped 17 points in the loss.
The Red Storm were efficient 6-of-11 from beyond the arc. He also attempted 14 more free throws and made 10 more.
number 7 seed boiler bear Over No. 10 Seeds alabama crimson tide78-74
Baylor came back from 18 points down to win it. The Bears were 14-of-28 from deep and 14-of-16 from the line, while Alabama was 14-of-26 and 8-of-9, respectively.
Ja’Mee Asberry paced Baylor with 26 points on 7-of-13 shooting from long range. Kaitlin Bickle added 14 points, seven rebounds and four assists, while Sarah Andrews went 4-of-8 from downtown and finished with 14 points, five assists, two steals and four blocks.
Brittany Davis was phenomenal in the loss with 33 points and three assists. Davis was 7-of-11 from distance and 6-of-6 at the stripe.
number 6 seed Colorado Buffaloes over No. 11 seed Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders, 82-60
Frieda Forman made five of Colorado’s NCAA tournament program-record 13 threes on eight attempts, finishing with 21 points, five rebounds and two blocks. Jaylyn Sherrod added 13 points and six assists. Savannah Wheeler recorded 15 points and four steals in the loss. The Buffaloes’ biggest gains came in the third with 12 and 11 in the first.
Colorado won in 3-point percentage 48.1 to 16.7 and rebounds 43–29. He won despite turning the ball over 16 times and making only eight miscues.
number 4 seed villanova wildcats over No. 13 seed Cleveland State Vikings, 76–59
Maddie Siegrist fell for 35 points to reach 1,000 for the season as her Wildcats advanced to the second round. Christina Dalsey helped the win by grabbing an impressive 16 rebounds, while Bella Runyan was good for 13 points and five assists. Destiny Leo posted 25 points and four assists in the loss.
Villanova dominated before Cleveland State won the fourth 25–13. The Wildcats went 10-of-25 from three while holding the Vikings to 4 of 19 attempts. Cleveland State however went 19-22 over the line compared to Villanova’s 8-12 showing. The Cats won the rebound 44–29 and led by as many as 32.