SEC lands four teams in Sweet 16
In the 3/6 match up in the Lexington region, the Kentucky Wildcats ran away from the Oklahoma Sooners in the 4th quarter. They were able to outscore Oklahoma 23-12 in the final quarter to capture a 79-58 victory and punch their ticket to the Sweet 16.
The Wildcats shot just under 38 percent from the floor, but were able to connect on 29 of 38 free throws. Five players hit double digits for Kentucky; they were lead by Janae Thompson with 16, Makayla Epps and Alexis Jennings each added 13, Maci Morris knocked down four three-point field goals giving her 12 on the night, and Evelyn Akhator contributed 11. Jennings was also able to snag 8 rebounds and block 6 shots.
The Sooners struggled to take care of the ball, committing 26 turnovers as a team. They also struggled from the floor, shooting just 27 percent. Gioya Carter lead Oklahoma with 12 points, Peyton Little netted 10, and Maddie Manning, Derica Wyatt, and Kaylon Williams all contributed 9 points each.
The Wildcats have the luxury of remaining in Lexington to play their Sweet 16 match up vs Washington on Friday.
Longhorns too tough for Tigers
Texas pulled down 47 rebounds on the night, which included 21 offensive boards. Missouri only hauled in 33 rebounds and shot just 31 percent from the floor. The Longhorns shot 41 percent from the floor and were led in scoring by sophomore star Ariel Atkins with 22, who also grabbed 7 rebounds. Lashann Higgs was the only other player for Texas in double figure scoring with 11. Senior Imani Boyette connected on just 3 of 10 field goal attempts for 6 points but had a team high 10 rebounds on the night.
Missouri got 23 points from freshman sensation Sophie Cunningham and 11 from Sierra Michaelis. The Tigers made just 8 of their 28 three point attempts and committed 18 turnovers in the game. However, Missouri was able to hit 15 of 17 free throws, but that wasn’t enough to keep them in the game. Texas prevailed over Missouri 73-33 and advance to the Sweet 16 to take on UCLA in Dallas Saturday afternoon.
Seminoles overpower Aggies
Texas A&M was once again without the efforts of Courtney Williams and Shlonte Allen as they faced Florida State in the Round of 32. Courtney Walker led the way for A&M with 18 points and Chlesea Jennings added 15, but it wasn’t enough to take down the Seminoles.
Florida State saw four players score in double digits; leading the way was senior Adut Bulgak with 18 points and 13 rebounds, Leticia Romero followed her with 17 points, Brittany Brown contributed 17 on the night, and Ivey Slaughter recorded 10 points and 9 rebounds. As a team, the Seminoles shot 40 percent from the floor and connected on 16 of 18 free throw attempts. They also snagged 44 rebounds in the contest, including 18 offensive boards.
Texas A&M shot 39 percent from the floor, but only attempted 6 free throws and grabbed just 35 rebounds. The Aggies also committed 16 turnovers.
Florida State will meet top seeded Baylor in the Sweet 16 on Saturday in Dallas for the right to advance to the Elite 8.