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Monarchs reach royal 16

Old Dominion assures Purdue won't make final again

Posted: Tuesday, March 19, 2002

Old Dominion was playing for both respect and a berth in the NCAA tournament's round of 16. The Lady Monarchs got both.

Hamchetou Maiga had 17 points and 17 rebounds Monday night to lead Old Dominion to a 74-70 overtime victory over Purdue, last year's runner-up in the NCAA tournament.

Second-seeded Purdue lost in the second round one day after defending national champion Notre Dame was ousted from the tournament.

Seventh-seeded Old Dominion (27-5) will play No. 3 Kansas State in the Mideast Regional semifinals on Saturday in Milwaukee.

''We felt like we were better than a seven seed,'' Old Dominion coach Wendy Larry said. ''It was a true battle of respect.''

Old Dominion blew a five-point lead with 3 minutes left in regulation but scored five of the first six points in overtime.

Sharron Francis sank two free throws for a 70-66 Old Dominion lead with 41 seconds left in OT.

After Shereka Wright, who led Purdue with 22 points, made one of two free throws, Old Dominion's Monique Coker made two from the line to push the lead to 72-67.

Kelly Komara's baseline 3-pointer pulled Purdue to 72-70 with 13.8 seconds remaining, but Francis' two free throws with 9.5 second left sealed the victory.

Francis scored 14 points, and Coker and Lucienne Berthieu had 11 each for the Lady Monarchs.

Komara had 14 points, and Erika Valek 13 for Purdue.

''This was no upset,'' said Coker, who finished with 11 points and 10 rebounds.

Midwest

Vanderbilt 61, Arizona State 35

Zuzi Klimesova scored 15 points and Chantelle Anderson added 14 as top-seeded Vanderbilt extended its winning streak to seven games and claimed the 500th victory in school history.

The Commodores (29-6) improved to 14-0 in NCAA tournament games at Memorial Gym and 19-5 through the first two rounds.

North Carolina 72, Minnesota 69

Coretta Brown scored 19 points and Candace Sutton added 18 as fourth-seeded North Carolina (26-8) beat fifth-seeded Minnesota.

Nikki Teasley scored 17 points for Minnesota (22-8).

Connecticut 86, Iowa 48

Unbeaten Connecticut got 22 points from Sue Bird and cruised to its 35th straight win.

Diana Taurasi finished with 16 points for the Huskies (35-0), who are headed for their 10th round of 16 and will play Penn State this weekend in their quest for a third NCAA title.

BYU 75, Iowa State 69

Jennifer Leitner scored 17 points, Erin Thorn added 16 and Stacy Jensen had 13 points and seven assists as BYU upset third-seeded Iowa State to become only the third 11th-seeded team to reach the round of 16.

The Cougars (24-8) will face second-seeded Tennessee at Iowa State's Hilton Coliseum on Saturday.

South Carolina 75, Cincinnati 56

Tatyana Troina scored eight of her 14 points in a 25-point second-half run as South Carolina advanced to the round of 16 for the first time since 1990.

Teresa Geter had 21 points and 10 rebounds for South Carolina (24-6). Shaunzinski Gortman added 19 points.

Oklahoma 66, Villanova 53

LaNeishea Caufield scored 30 points and Oklahoma withstood an early 3-point flurry by Villanova to win its 23rd straight home game.

The top-seeded Sooners (29-3) advanced to their third straight regional semifinal. They will play fellow Big 12 member Texas Tech on Saturday night in Boise, Idaho.

Stanford 77, Tulane 55

Nicole Powell had her second straight triple-double with 16 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists as Stanford beat Tulane.

Lindsey Yamasaki added 24 points for second-seeded Stanford (32-2), which advances to the Sweet 16 for the first time since the 1996-97 season. They will play Colorado (23-9) in Boise, Idaho in the West Regional semifinals.



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