A different Final 4 favorite is out of the NCAA women’s tournament subject ahead of the 2nd weekend.
No. 10 South Dakota knocked out No. 2 Baylor, 61-47, on the Bears’ residence court docket to advance to the Wichita location semifinal. It truly is the Coyotes’ very first Sweet 16 berth and was hardly in doubt soon after a 16-4 direct by 1 quarter.
The Coyotes (29-5), who took down No. 7 Ole Pass up in the initial round, have not trailed in the match. They sign up for Creighton, the 10 seed in the Greensboro region, in upending No. 2 seeds. Creighton also utilised 3-tips and stiff defense to defeat No. 2 Iowa earlier Sunday. They are the fourth and fifth No. 10 seeds in NCAA background to achieve the Sweet 16.
No. 2 Texas dominated in a gain in opposition to seventh-seeded Utah to get to the Spokane regional semifinal and UConn will engage in No. 7 seed UCF on Monday night time in the Bridgeport location.
Baylor (28-7) trailed by double digits for significantly of the contest and lacked urgency in the ultimate a few minutes just after they came in 7. The streak of consecutive Sweet 16 berths finishes at 12 for the Bears. It is their first period beneath head mentor Nicki Collen, who took above for legendary Bears chief Kim Mulkey.
South Dakota controls from suggestion
South Dakota stormed out to an 11- direct hitting its initial four pictures — a few from powering the arc — even though the Bears turned it in excess of 10 moments. Baylor never ever caught up and scored a year-minimal four factors in the first quarter. South Dakota led by 12 at the break and retained the similar distance at half, 34-23.
The Coyotes ‘offense strike half of their 16 3-tips and not even a chilly extend by means of the fourth could end their March. The Summit League champions were led by a well balanced assault from their “tremendous” senior starters.
Heart Hannah Sjerven scored a team-higher 16 details and had 4 of South Dakota’s 10 steals. She additional 4 rebounds and a block. Chloe Lamb included 15 points and was 3-of-6 from driving the arc. She extra 4 rebounds, two assists and two steals. And Liv Korngable had 11 with a workforce-higher five helps, two rebounds and a steal.
Baylor received the struggle on the boards, 40-32, but it was the critical defensive rebounds in the backend of the fourth quarter that served South Dakota stand up to the offensive drought. It experienced 10 steals to Baylor’s four and experienced five much less turnovers.
Baylor’s offense struggles
Baylor forward NaLyssa Smith, the projected No. 1 WNBA select by lots of, neared a double-double, but was not as helpful as normal. She had 10 points (4-of-10) with 8 rebounds, two assists, just one steal and one block. She averaged 22.4 factors and 11.6 rebounds, and heated up in the backend of the time as she labored her way into the nationwide Participant of the 12 months discussion.
Queen Egbo led the Bears with 13 factors and was the most productive (6-of-7). Baylor was 17-of-54 (31.5%), a mark that dropped to 23% when Egbo’s stats are taken out. No a person exterior of Egbo and Smith shot much better than 30% and only Sarah Andrews strike extra than two 3-ideas. They have been 5-of-26 (19.2%).
From the idea, Baylor seemed out of kinds and could not locate any remedy. It was a five-place match midway via the second quarter. Place guard Jordan Lewis strike a 3 that lower the deficit to four at 2:45 of the 2nd only to have Sjerven respond to with her very own on an guide by Korngable. The closest Baylor arrived once more was 7 on an Andrews layup.
Wild Wichita location life up to the buzz
The Wichita area appeared the least very likely to go chalk. That was largely due to the fact of the uncertainty close to the major four seeds. Louisville is the weakest 1-seed and was surrounded by teams that seasoned roller coaster seasons.
It lived up to the hoopla, although all four of the best seeds manufactured it out of the to start with spherical. All four of them confronted groups that upset larger-seeded ones. South Dakota will experience the winner of Monday’s matchup in between No. 11 Villanova and No. 3 Michigan. On the other aspect of the bracket is No. 12 Belmont vs. No. 4 Tennessee and No. 1 Louisville vs. No. 9 Gonzaga.
South Dakota’s gain Sunday is the eighth by a double-digit seed in the 2022 NCAA tournament with far more chances to occur Monday as the 2nd round concludes.