MINNEAPOLIS Rene Haynes saved top-seeded Michigan State from an embarrassingly early exit from the NCAA tournament.
Haynes came out of a wild scramble with the ball and made a layup with 2.9 seconds left, giving Michigan State a 61-59 victory over eighth-seeded Southern California in a second-round game Monday night.
The Spartans, 30-3 after their 14th straight victory, will face Vanderbilt on Sunday in the semifinals of the Kansas City Regional.
Lindsay Bowen led Michigan State with 19 points, including four 3-pointers in the second half. Her final 3 gave the Spartans a 59-56 lead with 37.3 seconds to play, but Southern California (20-11) tied it on Brynn Cameron's 3 with 21.7 seconds left.
The Spartans then got the ball inside, the shot was blocked and players dove all over the floor trying to get the ball. Haynes, a 5-foot-10 sophomore, finally came up with it to the left of the lane, took a step and made the basket.
Camille LeNoir led Southern California with a career-high 18 points.
Vanderbilt 63, Kansas State 60
SEATTLE Carla Thomas scored 18 points and fifth-seeded Vanderbilt overcame a late Kansas State rally to beat the fourth-seeded Wildcats.
Kansas State senior Laurie Koehn broke the NCAA career record for 3-pointers, hitting three to finish her career with 392. Erin Thorn of BYU made 391 from 1999-03.
Ashley Earley added 17 points for Vanderbilt (24-7).
Kendra Wecker led Kansas State (24-8) with 29 points.
Stanford 88, Utah 62
FRESNO, Calif. Brooke Smith scored 20 points to lead five players in double figures and top-ranked Cardinal cruised to its 22nd straight victory
Stanford (31-2), seeded second, will play the winner of Tuesday night's Connecticut-Florida State game on Sunday in Kansas City.
Kim Smith led Utah (26-8) with 20 points.
Georgia 70, Texas 68
DALLAS Tasha Humphrey scored 26 points and Cori Chambers had 15 to lead sixth-seeded Georgia to its second victory of the season over third-seeded Texas.
Georgia (24-9) advanced to the round of 16 for the third straight year and the 15th time in 21 appearances. The Lady Bulldogs will face the winner of Tuesday night's Duke-Boston College game on Saturday in the Chattanooga Regional semifinals.
Texas' Heather Schreiber tried to win the game with a 3-pointer at the buzzer but the shot hit the corner of rim. The Longhorns' Tiffany Jackson tied her career high with 30 points, but her tying attempt with 12 seconds remaining was blocked.
Arizona St. 70, Notre Dame 61
FRESNO, Calif. Kylan Loney scored eight points in the final 1:29 and finished with 20 to help fifth-seeded Arizona State shock fourth-seeded Notre Dame.
Aubree Johnson had 12 points and nine rebounds for the Sun Devils (24-9), who will return home to Tempe for the regional finals to face the winner of Tuesday night's North Carolina-George Washington game.
Minnesota 73, Virginia 58
MINNEAPOLIS Jamie Broback had 23 points and five rebounds to help third-seeded Minnesota beat Virginia for its third straight trip to the round of 16.
Janel McCarville, playing her final home game, went 3-for-7 from the floor and finished with 11 points, 14 rebounds and four fouls blowing a kiss and waving to the roaring Williams Arena crowd of 10,043 as she left.
Baylor 69, Oregon 46
SEATTLE Sophia Young scored 25 points on 11-of-19 shooting, and second-seeded Baylor pulled away with an 18-0 run.
The Lady Bears improved to 29-3, their most victories since winning 29 games in 1980-81. Cathrine Kraayeveld led 10th-seeded Oregon (21-10) with 15 points.
Texas Tech 80, Middle Tennessee 69
DALLAS Alesha Robertson scored 25 points, and Cisti Greenwalt added 19 for fourth-seeded Texas Tech (24-7).
Texas Tech, in the round of 16 for the 11th time, will face the winner of Tuesday night's Tennessee-Purdue on Sunday in Philadelphia.
Holmes, who hit the winning jumper with 1.6 seconds left Saturday in 12th-seeded Middle Tennessee's 60-58 victory over fifth-seeded North Carolina State, scored 25 points for the Lady Raiders (24-9).
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