PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Jackie Stiles was too good even for Rutgers' defense.
Stiles, the NCAA career scoring leader, scored 32 points just two nights after suffering a mild concussion as Southwest Missouri State advanced to the West Regional semifinals with a 60-53 victory Monday night.
The fifth-seeded Lady Bears (27-5) ended No. 4 Rutgers' bid for a second straight Final Four trip and reached the round of 16 for the first time since 1993. Stiles was the reason.
Unfazed by the Scarlet Knights' sticky matchup zone, Stiles scored 17 points in the final 6:57, including the last eight.
Tasha Pointer led Rutgers (23-8) with 15 points but lost the ball with about 12 seconds left and the Scarlet Knights down 56-53. Stiles ended up with the ball and made two free throws, then drove for a layup at the buzzer.
It was 45-all with 3 1/2 minutes left when Stiles -- 8-for-16 from the field -- missed a jumper. Carly Deer, Stiles' roommate, grabbed the rebound, got fouled and sank both ends of the 1-and-1 to put Southwest Missouri State ahead to stay.
Southwest Missouri State will play top-seeded Duke in Spokane, Wash., on Saturday.
Duke 75, Arkansas 54
DURHAM, N.C. -- Alana Beard had 14 points and seven rebounds as Duke dominated inside to make the regional semifinals for the fourth straight year.
The Blue Devils, denied a trip to the Final Four by Arkansas in 1998, outscored the Lady Razorbacks 44-14 in the paint and held them without a basket for nearly 10 minutes to win going away.
Duke (30-3) recovered after missing 13 of its first 16 shots and set a school record for victories. The Blue Devils are the only program to have both their men's and women's teams in the round of 16.
Amy Wright and Dana Cherry led sixth-seeded Arkansas (20-13) with 11 points each.
Oklahoma 67, Stanford 50
NORMAN, Okla. -- LaNeishea Caufield scored 18 points and Oklahoma was able to pull away after missing its first 14 shots of the second half.
Caton Hill added 14 points and 14 rebounds for the second-seeded Sooners (28-5), who will play sixth-seeded Washington in the regional semifinals.
Despite its poor shooting early in the second half, Oklahoma never gave up the lead. Stanford (19-11) was trailing 47-43 when Stacey Dales hit a 3-pointer to start a 10-0 Oklahoma run. The Cardinal never got closer than 10 after that.
Cori Enghusen and Nicole Powell each scored 14 points for Stanford and Enghusen had six of her team's 11 blocks.
Notre Dame 88, Michigan 54
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- All-American Ruth Riley scored 21 points and top-seeded Notre Dame held Michigan to 32.9 percent shooting.
Kelley Siemon added 16 points for the Irish (30-2), who dominated in the middle and got steady outside shooting from Jeneka Joyce and Alicia Ratay. Joyce, a freshman, went 4-for-8 on 3-pointers to score a career-high 14 points.
Michigan (19-12), which rallied from a 17-point deficit to beat Virginia in the first round, never made a run after the Irish built a 44-28 halftime lead. Raina Goodlow led the Wolverines with 16 points.
Notre Dame, one short of tying the school record for victories, plays fifth-seeded Utah in the regional semifinals at Denver on Saturday.
Utah 78, Iowa 69
SALT LAKE CITY -- Lindsay Herbert scored 15 points and the nation's No. 1 defensive team held Iowa to 30 percent shooting.
Lauren Beckman scored 14 points and Amy Ewert 13 for the fifth-seeded Utes (28-3), who made the round of 16 for the first time.
Randi Peterson, who spent key portions of the game on the bench in foul trouble, led fourth-seeded Iowa (21-10) with 17 points. Iowa guards Lindsey Meder and Cara Consuegra made only 4-of-27 shots between them.
Vanderbilt 65, Colorado 59
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Zuzi Klimesova scored 20 points, including 12 while leading scorer Chantelle Anderson was out with four fouls, to lead Vanderbilt past Colorado.
Vanderbilt trailed by four when Anderson, a 6-foot-6 center who leads the nation in field-goal percentage, picked up her fourth foul with 14:20 to play and left the game.
Klimesova carried the Commodores (23-9) until Anderson returned almost nine minutes later, and together they led Vanderbilt into the Midwest semifinals next week in Denver against Iowa State.
Jenny Roulier led the Buffaloes (22-9) with 17 points.
Louisiana Tech 80, TCU 59
RUSTON, La. -- Ayana Walker came back strong from a poor game in the first round, scoring 17 points and grabbing 11 rebounds as Louisiana Tech ran its winning streak to 18.
Walker had a season-low two points in a first-round victory over Georgia State. She matched that 15 seconds into Monday night's game, then blocked TCU's first shot and the Lady Techsters (30-4) were on their way.
Third-seeded Louisiana Tech made the round of 16 for the ninth straight year and will play 10th-seeded Missouri in the regional semifinals at Pittsburgh on Saturday.
Tricia Payne's 13 points led 11th-seeded TCU (25-8).
Connecticut 89, Colorado St. 44
STORRS, Conn. -- The defending national champions smothered Colorado State with oppressive defense in reaching 30 victories for the seventh time in eight years.
Swin Cash had 18 points and 11 rebounds as the top-seeded Huskies (30-2) advanced to the regional semifinals at Pittsburgh next Saturday against fourth-seeded North Carolina State.
Connecticut outrebounded Colo-rado State 53-27 and got 31 points off turnovers. Sue Bird added 16 points for Connecticut.
Lisa Narkiewicz led Colorado State (25-7) with 14. Heather Haanen, who made six 3-pointers in a first-round win over Maryland, was held to three points.
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