Washington, Syracuse reach Final 4
LEXINGTON, KY. >> Kelsey Plum scored 26 points and Chantel Osahor had 24 points and 18 rebounds Sunday as Washington defeated Stanford 85-76 in the NCAA Lexington Regional final to earn its first women's basketball Final Four appearance.
The seventh-seeded Huskies scored the game's first 12 points and stayed ahead the rest of the way. Washington (26-10) will play either Syracuse or Tennessee in an NCAA semifinal April 3 in Indianapolis.
Stanford, the No. 4 seed, was seeking its 13th Final Four appearance overall, and seventh in the last nine years.
Lili Thompson scored 19 points for Stanford (27-8). Erica McCall added 17 points -- all in the second half --and 15 rebounds.
This marked the first regional final between two Pac-12 schools since Stanford beat Southern California 82-62 on its way to winning the national championship in 1992, when the conference was still known as the Pac-10.
Syracuse 89, Tennessee 67
Alexis Peterson scored a season-high 29 points, Brianna Butler hit three straight 3-pointers early in the fourth quarter to break open the game, and Syracuse advanced to its first women's Final Four with a victory over Tennessee in the Sioux Falls Regional final Sunday.
The fourth-seeded Orange (29-7) will play No. 7 seed Washington in a national semifinal next Sunday in Indianapolis.
Reserve Cornelia Fondren made all six of her shots and finished with 13 points to help Syracuse follow its Friday upset of top-seeded South Carolina with its 15th victory in 16 games.
Diamond DeShields scored 20 points and had 10 rebounds to lead the Lady Vols (22-14) in the loss that finished their surprise NCAA run after a 13-loss regular season that was the worst in program history.
UConn 98, Mississippi State 38
Breanna Stewart had 22 points, 14 rebounds and five blocks to lead No. 1 UConn to a record rout of fifth-seeded Mississippi State on Saturday.
The win was the 72nd straight for UConn (35-0) and left the Huskies three victories shy of an unprecedented fourth consecutive national championship. Their road to that historic title got a bit easier Friday night when top seeds South Carolina and Notre Dame both lost in the Sweet 16.
Katie Lou Samuelson and Morgan Tuck added 21 and 19 points respectively for the Huskies, who opened up a 32-4 lead in the opening quarter.
Baylor 78, Florida State 58
Nina Davis scored 30 points to power the 30-1 Bears. Alexis Jones added 15 points, nine rebounds and five assists. Khadijiah Cave chipped in with 10 boards.
Oregon State 83, DePaul 71
Jamie Weisner hit seven 3-pointers and finished with 38 points to lead the Beavers. She also pulled down 10 rebounds.
Texas 72, UCLA 64
The Longhorns rallied from 10 points down in the second half to advance to the Elite 8. Imani Boyette (18 points, 10 rebounds) and Brooke McCarty (15 points) did the damage for Texas.
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