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Baylor’s Griner dominates to oust FSU women

Brittney Griner had 33 points and 22 rebounds to go along with three impressive slam dunks in her final home game for Baylor, and the defending national champion Lady Bears beat Florida State 84-47 in the second round of the NCAA tournament Tuesday night. The Lady Bears (34-1) are in the NCAA round of 16 for the fourth year in a row. They play Louisville (26-8) on Sunday in Oklahoma City.
With former President George W. Bush part of the crowd packed into the Ferrell Center for the final home game of her impressive career, Griner delivered in a big way. The 6-foot-8 Griner had her second dunk in this NCAA tournament, with a one-handed slam late in the first half. She added two more in a 79-second span in the second half soon before coming out of the game. Leonor Rodriguez had 11 points to lead Florida State (23-10). LOUISVILLE 76, PURDUE 63 Sara Hammond had 21 points and 10 rebounds to help fifth-seeded Louisville (26-8) beat Purdue (25-9) and advance to its second NCAA regional semifinal in three years. The fourth-seeded Boilermakers snapped a five-game winning streak and now have lost in the second round three straight years. Antonita Slaughter scored 14 of her 16 points in the first half for Louisville. Shoni Schimmel had 14. Sam Ostarello led Purdue with 14 points and 12 rebounds. KK Houser had 10. Bridgeport Regional DELAWARE 78, NORTH CAROLINA 69 Elena Delle Donne scored 33 points in her final home game, and Delaware rallied past foul-plagued North Carolina to advance to the round of 16 for the first time in school history. The sixth-seeded Blue Hens (32-3) trailed 50-42 with 15:31 left before coming back to extend their school-record winning streak to 27 games and eliminate No.3 seed North Carolina (29-7). Delle Donne missed 18 of 28 field goal tries, but the 6-foot-5 senior went 11 for 13 at the line and has 3,006 points during a sensational career in her home state. Trumae Lucas scored 20 for the Blue Hens and Danielle Parker contributed 14 points and 13 rebounds. KENTUCKY 84, DAYTON 70 A'dia Mathies rebounded from the worst game of her career to match her career high with 34 points and lead second-seeded Kentucky (29-5) to the win over seventh-seeded Dayton (28-3). Clinging to a 46-44 advantage early in the second half, Mathies scored 10 points during a 16-3 run to take control of the game. The two-time SEC player of the year hit two 3-pointers, including one to cap the burst and make it 62-47. She didn't hit a field goal in the first round win over Navy. She made 13 of 17 against Dayton. Andrea Hoover scored 22 points to lead the Flyers, who got no closer than eight the rest of the way. Spokane Regional STANFORD 73, MICHIGAN 40 Joslyn Tinkle made a career-high five 3-pointers on the way to 21 points in her final home game at Maples Pavilion, and top-seeded Stanford (33-2) used a spectacular perimeter shooting performance to rout No. 8 seed Michigan (22-11) to reach the Spokane Regional semifinals. Chiney Ogwumike scored 12 points and grabbed 15 rebounds on a night when the Cardinal's shooters took the pressure off just as coach Tara VanDerveer has been hoping they would. Sara James shut down Michigan star Kate Thompson and scored nine points, and Stanford won its 19th straight game to set up a matchup with fourth-seeded Georgia on Saturday and move a step closer to the program's goal of a sixth straight Final Four. Jenny Ryan scored 11 points for Michigan in her final college game. Norfolk Regional DUKE 68, OKLAHOMA STATE 59 Elizabeth Williams had 16 points and 12 rebounds, and Duke (32-2) rallied to beat Oklahoma State (22-11). Haley Peters added 15 points and 13 rebounds while Tricia Liston scored eight of her 13 in the final 6-plus minutes and Chloe Wells also finished with 13 for the second-seeded Blue Devils. Duke trailed by 15 points in the first minute of the second half before outscoring the seventh-seeded Cowgirls 47-23 during the final 19 1/2 minutes. Liz Donohoe had 14 points to lead Oklahoma State. NOTRE DAME 74, IOWA 57 Iowa Kayla McBride scored a career-high 28 points and top-seeded Notre Dame (33-1) advanced to the regional semifinals with a win over Iowa (21-13). Skylar Diggins had 16 as the Fighting Irish extended their school-record winning streak to 28 games and finished 13-0 on the road. McBride had 23 points in the first half as the Irish built a 12-point advantage. The lead reached 59-39 on Diggins' layup with 15:30 left as Notre Dame reached the round of 16 for the 11th time in 17 seasons. Bethany Doolittle had 16 for Iowa, which went 0 for 11 from 3-point range and had 21 turnovers. N.C. STATE: The school fired coach Kellie Harper after four seasons. The 35-year-old won't return after missing the NCAA tournament for the third straight year. Harper, a former player under Tennessee's Pat Summitt, was the successor to late Hall of Famer Kay Yow, who died in 2009 after a long fight with cancer.
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