Tennessee returns to round of 16 after 1-year hiatus

March 23, 2010|By Tribune Newspapers

Tennessee is in the Sweet 16 for the 28th time.

And after winning on their home court in Knoxville, the Lady Vols' path to the Final Four continues 350 miles down the road in Memphis.

Alicia Manning had a career-high 17 points and 10 rebounds Monday as Tennessee, seeded No. 1 in the Memphis Region, beat Dayton 92-64 in the second round of the women's NCAA tournament.

The Lady Vols (32-2) have failed to reach the round of 16 only once in the tournament's 29-year history. That was last year, when they lost to Ball State 71-55 in the opening round.

"I could feel the energy in the locker room, and they were wanting to get out on the court ASAP," coach Pat Summitt said. "With all that energy, I thought, they're ready to play."

A three-point play by Shekinna Stricklen started a 17-2 run for Tennessee before about 10,000 orange-clad fans on the court named for Summitt.

Justine Raterman led the Flyers (25-8) with 17 points.

Duke 60, LSU 52: Jasmine Thomas had 15 points, including a layup with 3 1/2 minutes left that put the Blue Devils (29-5) ahead to stay in Durham, N.C.

The Tigers (21-10) had 22 turnovers and made just one field goal in the final 4 minutes. Allison Hightower scored 19 for LSU.

Dayton Region
Florida State 66, St. John's 65 (OT): After scoring the Seminoles' last four points in regulation, Jacinta Monroe hit the game-winner with 28.9 seconds left in overtime in Tallahassee, Fla. The game was tied 19 times, and there were 19 lead changes. Monroe scored 16 points to lead Florida State (28-5). Nadirah McKenith had 15 for St. John's (25-7), which never has been to the Sweet 16.

Kansas City Region
Kentucky 70, Michigan State 52: In Louisville, Ky., Victoria Dunlap scored 21 points to lead the fourth-seeded Wildcats into the regional semifinals for the first time in 28 years. Kentucky (27-7) took command with a 24-6 run early in the second half. Michigan State (23-10) shot 35 percent from the field and had 18 turnovers.

Sacramento Region
Stanford 96, Iowa 67: Rosalyn Gold-Onwude hit a career-high seven 3-pointers on the way to a career-best 26 points, and the top-seeded Cardinal (33-1) shot a sizzling 68.8 percent in the first half.

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