(Tyshawn Taylor scored 22 points to lead Kansas back to the Final Four with an 80-67 victory against top-seeded North Carolina. It’s the Jayhawks’ first appearance in the Final Four since 2008. Picture courtesy of NCAA)
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Tyshawn Taylor broke out of his slump in a big way, scoring 22 points and leading Kansas back to the Final Four with an 80-67 victory over former coach Roy Williams and top-seeded North Carolina on Sunday.
The second-seeded Jayhawks (31-6) will play Ohio State on Saturday in their first Final Four appearance since winning the 2008 national championship.
Taylor led five Jayhawks in double figures. Player of the year candidate Thomas Robinson added 18 points and nine rebounds, and Elijah Johnson kept up his blistering pace in the NCAA tournament with 10 points, including a 3-pointer with 3:07 to play that sparked Kansas’ 12-0 run to end the game.
James Michael McAdoo scored 15 for the Tar Heels (32-6), who played better in their second game without injured point guard Kendall Marshall. But North Carolina couldn’t overcome a 5:46 field goal drought to end the Midwest Regional final.
No. 1 KENTUCKY 82, No. 3 BAYLOR 70
ATLANTA (AP) — Top-seeded Kentucky cruised into the Final Four for the second year in a row, blitzing Baylor with a dominating first half in the South Regional final.
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist scored 19 points and the Wildcats (36-2) took control with an early 16-0 run. Kentucky led 42-22 at halftime and Baylor (30-8) never got closer than 10 the rest of the way.
Quincy Acy led Baylor with 22 points. The Bears were eliminated in the regional final for the second time in three years.
(Bria Hartley paced the Huskies offense on Sunday. She scored 20 points and Kelly Faris added 15 as Connecticut defeated Penn State 77-59 on Sunday to advance to its seventh consecutive Elite Eight. Picture courtesy of NCAA)
NCAA Women Elite Eight
KINGSTON, R.I. (AP) — Bria Hartley scored 20 points to lead a balanced Connecticut offense and help the top-seeded Huskies beat fourth-seeded Penn State 77-59 on Sunday in the Kingston Regional semifinals.
The Huskies’ stellar defense stymied a high-powered Nittany Lions offense that averaged 87.5 points in the first two games of the NCAA women’s tournament. It’s the seventh straight season that Connecticut has advanced to the regional finals. The Huskies will face No. 2 seed Kentucky on Tuesday night with a berth in the Final Four on the line.
Leading 36-27 late in the first half, UConn (32-4) used a 17-2 run spanning halftime to break the game open.
Mia Nickson scored 19 points and Maggie Lucas added 15 to lead Penn State (26-7), which was making its first appearance in the round of 16 since 2004.
No. 2 KENTUCKY 79, No. 11 GONZAGA 62
Keyla Snowden made five 3-pointers for Kentucky, hitting a pair of them to turn back Gonzaga’s last charge.
Snowden had 17 points, going 5 of 9 from 3-point range, and Samarie Walker scored 16 with 12 rebounds for the Wildcats. It’s the second trip to the regional finals for Kentucky (28-6) in three years.
Kayla Standish scored 25 for Gonzaga (28-6), which reached the round of 16 for the third consecutive year.
No. 1 NOTRE DAME 79, No. 5 ST. BONAVENTURE 35
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Natalie Novosel scored 16 points and Notre Dame advanced to the regional finals by routing St. Bonaventure.
Kalia Turner scored 14 points and Kayla McBride added 10 for the Irish (33-3).
They shot 52.5 percent, never trailed and led by 45 before matching a 22-year-old record for scoring margin in the regional round while cruising into the finals for the second straight year.
Notre Dame will play second-seeded Maryland on Tuesday night with a spot in the Final Four on the line.
CeCe Dixon had 13 points and Doris Ortega added 11 for the Bonnies (31-4).
They shot a season-low 19 percent, allowed a season-high point total and finished with a season-worst 21 turnovers. Leading scorer Jessica Jenkins was scoreless — she entered averaging 14 points — and missed all six of her shots.
No. 2 MARYLAND 81, No. 3 TEXAS A&M 74
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Laurin Mincy had 21 points and 12 rebounds to help Maryland rally past Texas A&M in the regional semifinals.
Alyssa Thomas added 21 points and nine rebounds for the Terrapins (31-4), who trailed by 18 in the first half and 11 midway through the second. But Maryland fought its way back and held the reigning national champion Aggies (24-11) to one basket in the final 7½ minutes.
The Terrapins have won 10 straight and 13 of 14 since a home loss to Virginia Tech on Jan. 26. They’re back in a regional final for the first time since 2009, when they were in Raleigh as a No. 1 seed.
Freshman Alexia Standish scored 19 points to lead Texas A&M.