Day 3 of the 2019 women’s NCAA tournament is underway, and we’re compiling some of the top results, sights and sounds of the day.
So far, Iowa, Louisville, South Carolina and Texas A&M have each advanced to the Sweet 16.
And be sure to check out our additional coverage from Sunday:
+ Megan Gustafson double-double delivers Iowa to Sweet 16
+ Senior trio helps send Louisville to Sweet 16
No. 4 Texas A&M 78, No. 5 Marquette 76
Chennedy Carter is known as a scorer, but it was her passing and defense that delivered two key plays in Texas A&M’s win.
In a game that neither team led by more than three points in the final 8:44, Carter’s cross-court pass that set up Shambria Washington’s 3-pointer was the difference. With Marquette leading 76-74, Carter drove to the right side of the lane. As the defense collapsed on her, Carter fired a right-handed pass to a wide-open Washington in the left corner. The junior college transfer’s third 3-pointer of the game gave the Aggies a one-point lead. On the Golden Eagles’ ensuing possession Carter stepped in front of an inbounds pass for a steal with eight seconds left that eliminated Marquette’s final chance to win.
Carter scored a game-high 30 points and Washington had 13. They combined to shoot 7-of-12 from beyond the arc. Carter also had nine rebounds and five assists.
Marquette, which now says goodbye to six seniors who represented the winningest group in program history, was led by Natisha Hiedeman’s 18 points. Two other seniors, Danielle King and Allazia Blockton, each had 15. Hiedeman and Blockton are the past two Big East Player of the Year award winners. — Charlie Creme
No. 4 South Carolina 72, No. 5 Florida State 64
South Carolina’s post players did most of the damage to beat Florida State, but guard Tyasha Harris made the game’s biggest play. Her three-point play on a drive to the basket with 27 seconds left gave the Gamecocks a four-point cushion and propelled them to the Sweet 16 for the sixth year in a row.
Forward KiKi Herbert Harrigan, who played only 10 minutes in Friday’s first-round win over Belmont, came off the bench to lead South Carolina with 20 points. Senior center Alexis Jennings had 16 points.
The Gamecocks couldn’t put the game away despite outshooting Florida State, committing fewer turnovers and getting to the free throw line more than twice as much. The Seminoles were relentless on the glass, a staple of the program under coach Sue Semrau. Florida State worked its way to 27 offensive rebounds and 76 field goal attempts. But the Seminoles couldn’t convert. Florida State, which shot just 41.1 percent from the field on the season and ranked 305th in the country in 3-point percentage, made 35.5 percent of its field goals Sunday and connected on 3 of 14 attempts from 3-point range.
Jennings and Herbert Harrigan got good looks most of the game and combined to shoot 13-of-23 from the field. They also helped put Florida State, playing with just eight players and no seniors, in minor foul trouble. South Carolina made 20 of 24 free throws to the Seminoles’ 7-for-11. Point guard Nicki Ekhomu led Florida State with 19 points. — Charlie Creme
No. 1 Louisville 71, No. 8 Michigan 50
With a 38-26 lead at halftime, Louisville didn’t look back. Louisville was even better defensively in the third quarter, holding Michigan to just six points. The Wolverines dominated their NCAA tournament opener, 84-54 against Kansas State. But Michigan, which will return young stars like Naz Hillmon next season, looked like a different team against Louisville. The Cardinals have that effect on teams, especially when they are clicking on both ends of the court.
Asia Durr, the two-time ACC Player of the Year and an espnW first-team All-American, led the Cardinals with 24 points. Sam Fuehring, who injured her ankle in the ACC final, went 4-of-5 from the field for 10 points after going 9-of-9 for 19 in the opener. Arica Carter struggled with her shot after being out two weeks, going 1-of-8 for two points, but she had seven rebounds and helped bring the energy that Louisville relies on.
Louisville has just one goal left to attain: win a national championship. The Cardinals took one more step toward that Sunday. — Mechelle Voepel
Seniors say farewell after final home games
From the ESPN studio
What you missed Saturday
+ Roundtable: What’s next for Tennessee and predictions for Sunday
+ Tennessee’s disappointing season ends in another first-round exit
+ Missouri State upsets No. 6 seed DePaul
+ Notre Dame’s dominating debut
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