Middle Tennessee women upset North Carolina State

Posted: Sunday, March 20, 2005

DALLAS — Patrice Holmes hit a jumper with 1.6 seconds left to give 12th-seeded Middle Tennessee a 60-58 victory over fifth-seeded North Carolina State on Saturday night in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

Middle Tennessee will face Texas Tech in the second round of the Philadelphia Regional. Last season, the Lady Raiders were a No. 13 seed when they knocked off fourth-seeded North Carolina 67-62.

The loss ended the postseason run for N.C. State coach Kay Yow. In January, she began treatment for a recurrence of breast cancer that forced her to skip two games, her first absences in 30 years of coaching.

Middle Tennessee players and a few fans rushed the floor after the upset. The Lady Raiders trailed by as much as 10 in the second half before pulling off what might be the most dramatic win in the school's history.

N.C. State (21-8) tied it at 58 with 26.6 left on a putback by Tiffany Stansbury, who led the Wolfpack with 16 points and 10 rebounds.

Middle Tennessee (24-8) then calmly pushed the ball up the floor, not passing the ball to Holmes until less than 3 seconds were left. Holmes found a seam near the top of the key, caught the ball and immediately pulled up for the winner.

Holmes finished with 22 points on 10-of-17 shooting. She also had a key steal with 46 seconds remaining, feeding Krystle Horton on the break to give Middle Tennessee a 58-56 lead.

Texas Tech 69, Texas-Arlington 49

DALLAS — LaToya Davis had a career-high 26 points and added 14 rebounds to lead fourth-seeded Texas Tech (23-7) to its 14th straight first-round victory.

Helping spoil the first NCAA tournament appearance in school history for Texas-Arlington, Davis shot 11-of-14 from the floor and scored 19 of her points in the second half. The 6-foot-1 junior also had two blocks and three steals.

Rola Ogunoye had 19 points and 10 rebounds for Texas-Arlington (21-10).

Tempe Regional

Baylor 91, Illinois St. 70

SEATTLE — Sophia Young scored 21 points and Steffanie Blackmon added 13 to help Baylor rout Illinois State.

The second-seeded Lady Bears scored the first 17 points and coasted from there. Illinois State (13-18) missed its first eight shots and was 9-of-29 in the first half as Baylor (28-3) built a 20-point lead.

Baylor will play 10th-seeded Oregon in the second round. It was Baylor's 15th straight victory, with its last loss coming Jan. 22 at Texas, 69-55.

Jaci McCormack led Illinois State with 20 points.

The Redbirds, who became the lowest seed to win the Missouri Valley tournament, were making their first NCAA appearance since 1989.

Oregon 58, TCU 55

SEATTLE — Cathrine Kraayeveld scored 23 points and Brandi Davis hit two critical 3-point baskets for 10th-seeded Oregon.

Kraayeveld made two free throws to put Oregon (21-9) ahead 57-53 with 16.9 seconds left before Vanessa Clementino responded with a layup for TCU (23-10) with 11 seconds go to. Davis made a free throw with 10.1 seconds left, and TCU's Ashley Davis missed a 3-point attempt as the buzzer sounded.

Sandora Irvin led TCU with 14 points, seven rebounds and six blocked shots.

Virginia 79, Old Dominion 57

MINNEAPOLIS — Brandi Teamer scored 17 of her 23 points in the second half, Takisha Granberry hit two key 3-pointers to help break it open and Virginia celebrated its return to the NCAA tournament after a one-year absence.

Tiffany Sardin added 16 points for the sixth-seeded Cavaliers (21-10), who will face Minnesota in the second round. Shareese Grant scored 16 points for Old Dominion (22-9).

Minnesota 64, St. Francis, Pa. 33

MINNEAPOLIS — Jamie Broback had 17 points and three steals, and Janel McCarville added 12 points, 15 rebounds and five blocks for third-seeded Minnesota.

The Gophers (25-7) had a huge homecourt advantage, backed by a crowd of 11,312.

Beth Swink, a 6-foot-2 senior who was third in the nation this season in scoring at nearly 23 points per game, scored just seven points on 3-for-17 shooting for the Red Flash (21-10). Christin Black led St. Francis with 13 points.

Arizona St. 87, Eastern Kentucky 65

FRESNO, Calif. — Emily Westerberg scored 14 of her 20 points in the first half and Arizona State advanced past the first round for the second time in four years.

Kristen Kovesdy added 18 points for the fifth-seeded Sun Devils (23-9), who will face Notre Dame in the second round.

Miranda Eckerle had 22 points and five rebounds for Eastern Kentucky (23-8).

Notre Dame 61, UC Santa Barbara 51

FRESNO, Calif. — Megan Duffy scored 18 points, hitting seven free throws in the final minute, and the fourth-seeded Fighting Irish bounced back from a semifinal loss to Connecticut in the Big East tournament.

Breona Gray and Courtney LaVere added 10 points apiece for Notre Dame (27-5), which began the school's 10th straight NCAA tournament by winning for the 14th time in 16 games. Mia Fisher scored 18 points for Santa Barbara (21-9).

Kansas City Regional

Michigan St. 73, Alcorn St. 41

MINNEAPOLIS — Liz Shimek had 18 points and 13 rebounds to help top-seeded Michigan State (29-3) win its 13th straight game.

Kelli Roehrig added 12 points and eight rebounds, and Rene Haynes and Victoria Lucas-Perry each scored 10 points for the Spartans, who will face Southern California in the second round.

Shikhia Sims had 11 points for Alcorn State (21-9).

Southern California 65, Louisville 49

MINNEAPOLIS — Chloe Kerr scored 14 points, Camille LeNoir had 13, and Kim Gipson added 12 for eighth-seeded Southern California (20-10).

The Trojans reached 20 wins for the first time since 1997, the last time they won a tournament game. Jazz Covington had 13 points for the Cardinals (22-9).

Stanford 94, Santa Clara 57

FRESNO, Calif. — Candice Wiggins played brilliantly in her NCAA tournament debut, scoring 16 of her 29 points in a dominant second-half outburst that carried the top-ranked Cardinal (30-2) to their 21st straight victory.

Wiggins, the first freshman to win Pac-10 Player of the Year, shot 8-for-14, had five rebounds, two steals, and converted all 11 of her free throws before sitting down for good with 7:17 left. Brooke Smith added 19 points, 12 rebounds and a career-high five blocks for Stanford, which felt slighted by its No. 2 seed but didn't dwell on it.

Michelle Cozad had 23 points for Santa Clara (17-14).

Stanford will play Utah in the second round.

Utah 73, Iowa St. 61

FRESNO, Calif. — Kim Smith had 22 points and eight rebounds and 10th-seeded Utah rallied from a 15-point first-half deficit to beat Iowa State.

Julie Wood added 17 points, and Shona Thorburn had 15 points, 10 assists, seven rebounds and five steals for the Utes (26-7).

Anne O'Neil scored 14 for the Cyclones (23-7).

Kansas St. 70, Bowling Green 60

SEATTLE — Big 12 player of the year Kendra Wecker scored 18 of her 25 points in the second half to lead fourth-seeded Kansas State.

Laurie Koehn added 22 points on 6-of-13 shooting from 3-point range to get within three of the NCAA record held by Brigham Young's Erin Thorn, who had 391.

Kansas State (24-7) will face Vanderbilt (23-7) in the second round.

Liz Honegger led the Falcons (23-8) with 15 points and 13 rebounds.

Vanderbilt 67, Montana 44

SEATTLE — Abi Ramsey scored all 13 of her points in the first half, and Ashley Earley scored 15 of her 21 in the second half for fifth-seeded Vanderbilt.

Since losing three straight in January, Vanderbilt (23-7) has won 10 of its last 12 games, it's only two losses coming to Tennessee. The Commodores lost to Tennessee 76-73 in the Southeastern Conference tournament semifinals March 5.

Lynsey Monaco led Montana (22-8) with 10 points.

Chattanooga Regional

Texas 64, Oral Roberts 47

DALLAS — Playing with a broken pinkie, Nina Norman scored 20 points on 7-of-11 shooting and added five assists for third-seeded Texas.

The Longhorns (22-8), who won for the 13th time in 15 games, will face Georgia in the second round. Elisha Turek had 21 points and seven rebounds for Oral Roberts.

Georgia 75, Rice 49

DALLAS — Cori Chambers scored 19 points, Sherill Baker had 14 points and Janese Hardrick added 13 for sixth-seeded Georgia (23-9).

Lauren Neaves had 13 points and 12 rebounds for Rice (24-9), which entered the tournament with a 12-game winning streak.

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