UConn storms into another regional semifinal

STORRS, Conn. — Tiffany Hayes scored 23 points, Maya Moore added 16 and No. 1 Connecticut put on a defensive clinic to beat ninth-seeded Purdue 64-40 on Tuesday night in the second round of the women's NCAA tournament.

The Huskies (33-1) advanced to the regional semifinals for the 18th straight season, the longest active streak in the nation. The victory was UConn's 22nd straight overall and 83rd in a row at home, and allowed Moore and fellow senior Lorin Dixon to go out in style.

They were playing their final game at Gampel Pavilion, and became the first UConn seniors to finish unbeaten at home. They were 40-0 at their on-campus arena and also went undefeated on their other home court, the XL Center in Hartford. They're 148-3 overall in their careers.

Drey Mingo scored nine points to lead Purdue (21-12).

Georgetown 79, Maryland 57

At College Park, Md., Sugar Rodgers scored a career-high 34 points, and fifth-seeded Georgetown breezed past Maryland to reach the round of 16 for the first time since 1993.

The Hoyas (24-10) bolted to an 11-0 lead, made it 40-26 at halftime and increased the margin to 23 points with 16:23 left.

Georgetown went 0-2 against their Big East rivals this season.

Baylor 82, West Virginia 68

At Waco, Texas, Brittney Griner had 30 points even after sitting on the bench the final 9 minutes of the first half because of foul trouble, and top-seeded Baylor rolled into the round of 16 for the sixth time in eight years.

The Bears (33-2) already had a 14-point lead and Griner had 10 points when she picked up her second foul, but West Virginia managed to only trim that deficit to 11 by halftime.

Louisville 85, Xavier 75

At Cincinnati, Shoni Schimmel scored a career-high 33 points, leading a late comeback that swept Louisville to a victory over No. 2-seed Xavier on its home court.

Schimmel, an Oregon native, rallied the Cardinals from a seven-point deficit with 5:58 to go. It was a stunning collapse by Xavier, which made it to the Elite Eight last season and had won 19 in a row behind Amber Harris and Ta'Shia Phillips.

Oklahoma 88, Miami 83

At Charlottesville, Va., Danielle Robinson scored six straight points to break open a tied game, and sixth-seeded Oklahoma held on to beat the third-seeded Miami Hurricanes.

Whitney Hand scored a career-high 27 points to lead the Sooners (23-11).

Texas A&M 70, Rutgers 48

At Bossier City, La., Danielle Adams had 28 points and 11 rebounds, and Texas A&M stormed into the third round of the NCAA tournament with an easy win over the Scarlet Knights.

Syndey Carter added 14 points and Tyra White had 11 for the second-seeded Aggies (29-5).

Wisconsin-Green Bay 65, Michigan State 56

At Wichita, Kan., Adrian Ritchie scored 20 points off the bench, Julie Wojta added 18 and Wisconsin-Green Bay advanced to the NCAA tournament's regional semifinals for the first time.

The Horizon League champions extended their winning streak to 25 games and their record against Big Ten Conference teams to 4-0 this season. The Phoenix (34-1) are headed to Dallas for the regional semifinals against Baylor.

Georgia 61, Florida St. 59

At Auburn, Ala., Jasmine James scored on a putback with 2.9 seconds left, then made the subsequent free throw to lift Georgia into the round of 16 for the second straight year.

The 5-foot-9 James caught the ball in midair after a missed jumper by Porsha Phillips, tossed it in and drew a foul. Florida State (24-8) didn't get another shot off as Christian Hunnicutt's pass to Courtney Ward at midcourt went out of bounds as time expired.

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