Duke Rallies Past Okla. State
North Carolina guard Tierra Ruffin-Pratt (44) drives past Delaware guard Jaquetta May during the first half of a second-round game in the women's NCAA college basketball tournament in Newark, Del., Tuesday, March 26, 2013. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Durham, n.c. — Elizabeth Williams had 16 points and 12 rebounds, and Duke rallied to beat Oklahoma State 68-59 last night in the second round of the Norfolk Regional.
Haley Peters added 15 points and 13 rebounds while Tricia Liston scored eight of her 13 in the final 6-plus minutes and Chloe Wells also finished with 13 for the second-seeded Blue Devils (32-2). They advance to face sixth-seeded Nebraska in the regional semifinals on Sunday in Norfolk, Va.
Oklahoma City Regional
Louisville 76, Purdue 63
Louisville, Ky. — Sara Hammond had 21 points and 10 rebounds to help fifth-seeded Louisville beat Purdue and advance to its second regional semifinal in three years.
The Cardinals (26-8) will play either top-seeded Baylor or Florida State on Sunday in Oklahoma City in the program’s fourth regional semifinal in the last six years.
Kentucky 84, Dayton 70
New York — A’dia Mathies rebounded from the worst game of her career to match her career high with 34 points and lead second-seeded Kentucky over seventh-seeded Dayton.
The Wildcats (29-5) will face Delaware in the semifinals of the Bridgeport Regional on Saturday.
Delaware 78, UNC 69
Newark, Del. — Elena Delle Donne scored 33 points in her final home game, and Delaware rallied past foul-plagued North Carolina to advance to the round of 16 for the first time in school history.
The sixth-seeded Blue Hens (32-3) trailed 50-42 with 15:31 left before coming back to extend their school-record winning streak to 27 games and eliminate No. 3 seed North Carolina (29-7). Delaware will next travel to Connecticut to face Kentucky.
Vice President Joe Biden was among those in the second straight sellout crowd at Delaware’s compact arena. Most of the fans wore royal blue, yellow, or a combination of both. Most of them were standing during the final 5 minutes of the game, when it became apparent the Blue Hens and Delle Donne would be playing at least once more this season.