Women's NCAA tournament: Cal earns Sweet 16 berth for 2nd time

2013-03-26T00:00:00Z Women's NCAA tournament: Cal earns Sweet 16 berth for 2nd timeThe Associated Press The Associated Press
March 26, 2013 12:00 am  • 

LUBBOCK, Texas - Layshia Clarendon scored 27 points to help California beat No. 10 South Florida 82-78 in overtime on Monday night in the second round of the NCAA tournament.

Reshanda Gray added 14 points for the No. 2-seeded Golden Bears (30-2), who advanced to the Sweet 16 for second time in program history and reached 30 victories for the first time.

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 left 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 of the Spokane Regional game.

• No. 4 Georgia 65, No. 5 Iowa St. 60: In Spokane, Wash., Shacobia Barbee scored 20 points, including a key 3-pointer with 2:03 left, and Georgia held off Iowa State's furious second-half rally to reach the round of 16.

Georgia is back in the regional semifinals for the 20th time. The Lady Bulldogs will face No. 1 seed Stanford or eighth-seeded Michigan on Saturday night.

Oklahoma City Regional

• No. 6 Oklahoma 85, No. 3 UCLA 72: In Columbus, Ohio, Aaryn Ellenberg scored 27 points and Joanna McFarland handled things inside with 20 points and 16 rebounds to lead Oklahoma past UCLA, earning a trip back to the Sooners' home state for the round of 16.

Oklahoma (24-10) will face No. 2 seed Tennessee (26-7) in Oklahoma City on Sunday.

Atonye Nyingifa had 18 points for UCLA (26-8), which fell to 11-12 in NCAA tournament play.

• No. 2 Tennessee 68, No. 10 Creighton 52: In Knoxville, Tenn., Kamiko Williams scored 15 points and Tennessee pulled away in the second half to advance to the regional semifinals. The Lady Vols are the only program to play in all 32 women's NCAA tournaments.

Norfolk Regional

• No. 12 Kansas 75, No. 4 South Carolina 69: In Boulder, Colo., Monica Engelman scored a career-high 27 points and Kansas (20-13) became just the second No. 12 seed after San Francisco in 1996 to advance to the round of 16.

• No. 6 Nebraska 74, No. 3 Texas A&M 63: In College Station, Texas, Jordan Hooper scored 21 points and Lindsey Moore had 20 points and 10 assists as Nebraska reached the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2010.

Bridgeport Regional

• No. 1 Connecticut 77, No. 8 Vanderbilt 44: In Storrs, Conn., Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis scored 22 points and UConn advanced to the regional semifinals for the 20th straight tim and will face Maryland on Saturday.

The Huskies (31-4) are seeking their sixth straight Final Four and eighth NCAA title.

• No. 4 Maryland 74, No. 5 Michigan St. 49: In College Park, Md., Alyssa Thomas scored 28 points and Maryland advanced to the round of 16 for a second straight year.

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