Moore, Dixon rally UConn past Hoyas

Huskies to play Duke for another trip to Final Four

Baylor, Texas A&M win

March 28, 2011|By From Sun news services

Georgetown knows all about Maya Moore and Connecticut's rich postseason history, and the Hoyas were determined to rock the bracket with one of the NCAA tournament's biggest upsets ever.

Backed into a corner, Moore got some help from fellow senior Lorin Dixon and the Huskies responded.

Moore had 23 points and 14 rebounds, leading Connecticut (35-1) to a 68-63 victory in Philadelphia after the Hoyas (24-11) led by seven in the second half of their regional semifinal Sunday.

"Me and Maya decided we didn't want our careers to end here today," Dixon said. "That's just a great feeling. I think everyone wanted to continue the tournament."

While Moore put up the numbers, Dixon was the catalyst for the game-changing run.

Connecticut, which is seeking a third straight national championship, trailed 53-46 with 9:36 left, but responded with a 16-2 run sparked by the 5-foot-4 guard.

Duke 70, DePaul 63: The Blue Devils are headed back to the regional final, hoping for a different outcome this time.

Karima Christmas had 23 points and nine rebounds, Jasmine Thomas scored 19 points and Duke (32-3) beat DePaul (29-7) to reach the regional final for the second straight year.

Duke will play top-seeded Connecticut Tuesday night with the Final Four at stake. The Huskies thumped Duke, 81-57, on Jan. 31.

Chelsea Gray scored 16 points for the Blue Devils, who raced to a 15-point lead and had to hold on after the big advantage nearly evaporated late in the second half.

Duke lost to Baylor in its regional final last year.

Baylor 86, Wisconsin-Green Bay 76: Brittney Griner scored 40 points and combined with Odyssey Sims in the game-clinching run as the top-seeded Bears (34-2) defeated the feisty Phoenix (34-2) in Dallas.

Baylor led 52-49 before Griner made a short baseline shot over two defenders with just over 13 minutes left. Sims then hit consecutive 3-pointers and ended the spurt with a steal and breakaway layup. Griner and Sims combined for all the points in a 14-0 spurt.

Griner also had 10 rebounds and six blocked shots.

Kayla Tetschlag had 27 points for Green Bay, which had won 25 games in a row.

Texas A&M 79, Georgia 38: Danielle Adams had 23 points and the Aggies (30-5) built a 31-point halftime lead on the way to a rout of the Bulldogs (23-11) in Dallas.

The Aggies will meet Baylor, which has beaten them three times this season.

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