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Sheldon back in a groove for OSU, Siegrist and Olsen get job done for Nova


The Ohio State Buckeyes and Villanova Wildcats both advance to the Sweet Sixteen on Monday. Here are our recaps of their second round games:


No. 3 seed Ohio State Buckeyes over No. 6 seed North Carolina Tar Heels71-69

Jessie Sheldon split two defenders with a crossover dribble that she almost lost control of and then got up for a short tearjerker that looked like it might have come on a little too strong, but the Buckeyes won 71- Went up after hitting the back of the rim. 69 with 1.8 seconds remaining. This proved to be the game-winner, as the ensuing North Carolina inbound went down the backboard and passed to Buckeye Ricky Harris, who threw a long pass to Coty McMahon as time expired.

Sheldon not only made the winning shot, but was player of the game for Ohio State with 16 points, six rebounds, five assists and two steals. He also employed Ohio State’s best stat line in the first round; She seemed to be the team’s best player after struggling to re-establish herself when she first came back from her foot injury. Plus, the Buckeyes are using him more. He averaged 15 minutes in three Big Ten Tournament games before playing 36 in the first round of the Big Dance and all 40 on Monday.

Ohio State was up 62–50 with 7:02 remaining before the Heels went on a 9–0 run. They went on that run without their best player, Deja Kelly, who twisted her ankle just before that and did not return until 2:33 remaining. Her return was crucial as she hit a beautiful mid-range shot to tie the game with 9.8 seconds remaining. She made the game-winning 3-point play for the Heels in the first round and was almost a hero again, but Sheldon had other ideas.

After struggling against James Madison in the first round, Ohio State jumped out to an 8–0 lead. North Carolina was able to come back and trailed by two after one. The Buckeyes won the second 17–14 before the third. Taylor Mikkels ran the baseline, ducked toward his defender for contact and hauled in a floater for a 3-point play that closed out the third and gave the Buckeyes momentum entering the fourth. He also made a three from the right corner that made it 62–50, and finished 4-of-8 from downtown with 17 points, three assists and two swipes.

Ebony Walker added 15 points, seven boards and three assists for the win, while McMahon chipped in 14 points and nine rebounds.

Kelly had 22 points, three steals and two blocks in the loss. She was supported by Alyssa Ustabi’s 16 points, nine rebounds, three assists and two steals and Kennedy Todd-Williams’ 16 points and two steals.

No. 4 seed Villanova Wildcats at No. 12 seed FGCU Eagles, 76-57

Maddie Siegrist of Villanova scored 31 points to lead her to 66 points through two tournament games. He added six rebounds, four steals and four blocks.

Lucy Olsen was nearly impressive for the Wildcats with 23 points, 10 boards and seven assists.

FGCU was a popular pick to advance to the second round and was not a pushover. It looked like the Eagles had the swagger needed to advance to the Sweet Sixteen, so Villanova showed plenty in winning 19. It led 26–11 after one, endured a second quarter battle that it lost 22–13 and then won the third 26–16 and the fourth 11–8.

Uju Ezedu managed nine points and nine rebounds in the loss.

The Wildcats won by field goal percentage 47.8 to 35.6. The Eagles attempted 31.4 threes per game, 14 in the first round and 21 on Monday, taking seven points in the latter case. The Wildcats, on the other hand, were 5-of-22 from long range. The teams combined attempted just 17 free throws. Villanova won rebounds 42–30, second-chance points 14–6 and fast-break points 13–0.

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