Michigan Women Knock Off Tennessee, Reach First Sweet 16

Michigan Women Knock Off Tennessee, Reach First Sweet 16

SAN ANTONIO: Leigha Brown scored 23 points and Naz Hillmon added 19 to lead No. 6 seed Michigan to a 70-55 win over third-seeded Tennessee on Tuesday in the womens NCAA Tournament.

The Wolverines had been 0-5 in the second round before pulling off the victory over the Lady Vols.

Leading 18-16 with eight minutes left in the first half, Michigan (16-5) held Tennessee to just one field goal the rest of the second quarter and built a 28-19 halftime lead.

Tennessee (17-8) trailed by 15 heading into the fourth quarter and didn’t get closer than nine.

Hillmon, the Big Ten Player of the Year, also had 15 rebounds.

A trip to the Sweet 16, where the Wolverines will face either Baylor or Virginia Tech in the River Walk Region, was just another first this year. The team started 10-0 for the first time in school history. Michigan was also in the rankings all season for the first-time, as well as having Hillmon be the first player to earn All-America honors as a second-teamer.

Rennia Davis scored 12 points to lead the Lady Vols, who were playing Michigan for the first time.


Caitlin Clark finished with 35 points on 13-of-21 shooting and six 3-pointers after outscoring Kentucky on her own in the first half, and the Hawkeyes advanced to the Sweet 16.

The fifth-seeded Hawkeyes (20-9) scored the games first 11 points with all five starters getting a basket, Clarks being a 3-pointer.

They led throughout to advance past the second round for only the third time in their 14 NCAA appearances during Bluders 21 seasons. Iowa will next play No. 1 seed UConn or No. 8 Syracuse.

Two-time AP All-American guard Rhyne Howard finished with 28 points to lead the fourth-seeded Wildcats (18-9). She was 1 of 7 shooting in the first half, but finished 8 of 21 with five 3-pointers, along with eight assists. DreUna Edwards added 16 points and Jazmine Massengill 10.

Monika Czinano added 14 points and McKenna Warnock 10 for the Hawkeyes.



Jakia Brown-Turner scored 19 points and top-seeded North Carolina State shrugged off a challenge from No. 8 South Florida with a big third quarter, advancing to the Sweet 16.

Jada Boyd added 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Wolfpack (22-2), who reached their third straight regional semifinal and 14th overall. They will face fourth-seeded Indiana or 12th-seeded Belmont.

USF (19-4) led by a point early in the third quarter before N.C. State used two big runs to pull away and take a 12-point lead into the fourth.

The Bulls pulled within eight points with 3 1/2 minutes to go, but the Wolfpack scored the next five points.

Elena Tsineke had 22 points to lead the Bulls, who made six 3-pointers in the first half to spark hope of an upset, but hit just three more after halftime.



Lotta-Maj Lahtinen scored 22 points, Lorela Cubaj had 21 points and 12 rebounds, and No. 5 seed Georgia Tech used a big third quarter to beat No. 4 West Virginia.

The Yellow Jackets needed a second-half rally in the opening round against Stephen F. Austin the fourth-largest comeback in tournament history but had this game well in control with a 17-point lead over the Mountaineers to start the fourth.

Lahtinen was 9 of 16 from the field and struck for 17 points in the first half to dig the Yellow Jackets out of an early hole.

Georgia Tech (17-8) advanced to the Sweet 16 for the second time in program history and first since 2012. The Yellow Jackets will meet either No. 1 South Carolina or No. 8 Oregon State.

Esmery Martinez scored 13 points to lead West Virginia (22-7).


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