Fifth-seeded Georgetown cruised to a 79-57 victory over hosting No. 4-seed Maryland, and with the win, to a berth in the Sweet 16 where they will take on the 2011 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Tournament's No. 1 overall seed Connecticut in Sunday's regional semifinal.
The Hoyas sophomore shooting sensation Sugar Rodgers lit it up with a new career-high of 34 points, topping her previous 30-point high. Rodgers, who averaged 18.2 points per game this year, also matched her three-point career high sinking seven-of-10 shots from behind the arc, tying the second-place record set by eight other players who hit seven 3-pointers during a first or second-round NCAA Tournament game. (The three-point record of eight is held by two individuals.)
It was raining treys in College Park, as the Hoyas combined to net an astounding 13 threes, shooting 13-of-25 (52%) from the arc to match the NCAA Tournament record for first and second-round game three-pointers. Georgetown now shares that record with BYU (vs. Oklahoma, March 18, 2000 first round of the East Region) and New Mexico (vs. Mississippi State, March 24, 2003 second round of the Midwest Region).
No. 2-seed Notre Dame (28-7) dismantled Temple (24-9) Monday night by a score of 77-64 in the second round of the Salt Lake City subregional, sealing a berth in the Sweet 16 in the Dayton Regional. Despite a slow start, five Notre Dame players began sharing the ball and wound up finishing in double figures.
The Irish will face sixth-seeded Oklahoma, who upset the region's No. 3 seed, Miami (FL) on Tuesday, to move on to the Round of 16 in Dayton.
If you call the spoils a chance to make a little history by beating possibly the most famous coach in college womens basketball history, that is.
The fourth-seeded Ohio State Buckeyes (24-9) finished off a home-court sweep with an impressive 67-60 victory over No. 5-seed Georgia Tech (24-11) in Columbus on Monday. At the same time, top-seeded Tennessee (33-2) was walking -- err, make that running -- all over Marquette. The Dayton Regional Sweet 16 match-up between the two clubs is set for Saturday with the time to be determined by the television powers that be.
Someday, someone who can break down every minute of every game will be able to explain how the DePaul womens basketball team beat Penn State, 75-73, on Penn State's home floor for a berth in the Sweet 16 at the Philadelphia Regional.
DePaul shot worse from the field (47.4-39.1 prcent), worse from the line (81.3-56.5 percent), were out-rebounded (34-32), had fewer blocked shots (3-1) and pretty much played from behind all game.
Yet, with the game on the line, Keisha Hampton hit two-of-three free throws with five seconds left and that proved the difference.
And so it is that the No. 3-seed Blue Demons move on to face the No. 2 seed Duke in the Sweet 16 of the Philadelphia Regional on Sunday.