COLUMBUS, Ohio — Watching her Oklahoma players interact at the hotel before their second-round NCAA game against UCLA, coach Sherri Coale had a feeling that her Sooners were ready to play their best game of the season.
With Aaryn Ellenberg scoring 27 points from the perimeter and Joanna McFarland handling things inside with 20 points and 16 rebounds, the Sooners rolled past UCLA 85-72 on Monday night to earn a trip back to their home state for the regional semifinals.
Sharane Campbell added 19 points and Nicole Griffin had 10 for the Sooners, who never trailed after a 15-3 first-half spurt.
Sixth-seeded Oklahoma (24-10) will face No. 2 seed Tennessee (26-7) — a 68-52 winner over Creighton — in Oklahoma City on Sunday.
UConn 77, Vanderbilt 44
STORRS, Conn. — Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis scored 22 points and the top-seeded Huskies advanced to the regional semifinals of the women’s NCAA tournament for the 20th consecutive season.
Freshman Breanna Stewart added 14 points and Stefanie Dolson had 12 points and nine rebounds for Connecticut (31-4), which is seeking its sixth straight Final Four and eighth national championship.
Maryland 74, Michigan. 49
COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Alyssa Thomas scored 28 points and Maryland defeated Michigan State to advance to the round of 16 in the NCAA women’s tournament for a second straight year.
The fourth-seeded Terrapins (26-7) reached the round of eight a year ago.
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Tennessee 68, Creighton 52
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Kamiko Williams scored 15 points and Tennessee pulled away in the second half to beat Creighton and advance to the regional semifinals.
The second-seeded Lady Vols (26-7) improved to 52-0 in NCAA tournament games on their home floor.
Nebraska 74, Texas A&M 63
COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Jordan Hooper scored 21 points and Lindsey Moore had 20 points and 10 assists to lead Nebraska to the regional semifinals.
The sixth-seeded Cornhuskers (25-8) used two big runs in the first half to build the lead and never trailed in the second half to earn their first trip to the round of 16 since 2010. Nebraska will face the winner of Tuesday’s game between second-seeded Duke and No. 7 Oklahoma State.
Kansas 75, South Carolina 69
BOULDER, Colo. — Monica Engelman scored a career-high 27 points and Kansas became just the second No. 12 seed to advance to the round of 16 with an upset of fourth-seeded South Carolina.
Angel Goodrich added 20 points for the Jayhawks (20-13), who joined San Francisco in 1996 as the only No. 12 seeds to follow up a win in the opening round with another in the second.
The Jayhawks move on to face the winner of Tuesday’s game between top seed Notre Dame and ninth-seeded Iowa in the regional semifinals Sunday.
Ashley Bruner and Aleighsa Welch each scored 16 points for the Gamecocks.
Georgia 65, Iowa State 60
SPOKANE — Shacobia Barbee scored 20 points, including a key 3-pointer with 2:03 left, and No. 4 seed Georgia held off Iowa State’s furious second-half rally to reach the round of 16.
Georgia (27-6) is back in the regional semifinals for the 20th time and will face No. 1 seed Stanford or eighth-seeded Michigan on Saturday night.
Anne Marie Armstrong added 13 points for the Lady Bulldogs, who blew a 14-point lead with 9 minutes remaining then scored 13 of the final 17 points.
Anna Prins led No. 5 seed Iowa State (24-9) with 23 points.
California 82, So. Florida 78, OT
LUBBOCK, Texas — Layshia Clarendon scored 27 points to lead California to the regional semifinals.
Reshanda Gray added 14 points for the second-seeded Golden Bears (30-2), who will play the winner of Tuesday’s game between No. 3 Penn State and No. 6 LSU.
The Bears were up 67-57 before the Bulls went on a 13-3 run culminating in a trio of free throws by Inga Orekhova with under a second remaining that tied it at 70. California missed eight of 11 free throws down the stretch in regulation, but went 8 for 10 at the line in overtime.
Andrea Smith scored 24 points and Orekhova added 22 for No. 10 seed South Florida (22-11).