Here’s Part 2 of our roundup of Saturday’s action:
No. 12 seed Toledo Rockets over No. 5 seed Iowa State Cyclones, 80-73
Quinesha Lockett put on a show with 24 points, 13 rebounds and four assists for Toledo. Sophia Wiard added 15 points, three assists and two blocks, while Jayda Jansen had 17 points. The legendary Ashley Joens went for 23 points, 13 boards, three assists and two steals in defeat in her career finale. ESPN projects her to be the No. 10 pick in the WNBA Draft.
Iowa State cut it to 78-73 with 29 seconds remaining on a Denae Fritz three, but Wiard free throws iced the game. The Cyclones led 23-20 after one, but lost the second 23-13.
The Rockets won field goal percentage 48.4 to 34.8 over the heavily-favored Cyclones, who were coming off a Big 12 Tournament championship. Toledo also won 3-point percentage 36.8 to 19.4, with Iowa State going 6-of-31.
No. 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 left proved to be the game-winner. It gave the Heels a 61-58 lead and after that Danielle Patterson drew a controversial foul call on Deja Kelly while shooting a three, but missed her first two free throws and neglected to attempt to miss her third intentionally. She made the final free throw and St. John’s was not able to foul before time ran out.
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 defeat.
The Red Storm were an efficient 6-of-11 from beyond the arc. They also attempted 14 more free throws and made 10 more.
No. 7 seed Baylor Bears over No. 10 seed Alabama Crimson Tide, 78-74
Baylor came back from down 18 points to win this one. 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. Caitlin Bickle added 14 points, seven rebounds and four assists, while Sarah Andrews went 4-of-8 from downtown and finished with 14 points, five helpers, two steals and four blocks.
Brittany Davis was phenomenal in defeat with 33 points and three assists. Davis was 7-of-11 from distance and 6-of-6 at the stripe.
No. 6 seed Colorado Buffaloes over No. 11 seed Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders, 82-60
Frida Formann made five of Colorado’s NCAA Tournament program-record 13 threes…
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