Women's NCAA tournament: Frosh rallies Louisville past No. 2 Xavier

Guard Schimmel scores 9 of her 33 points in late run
2011-03-23T00:00:00Z Women's NCAA tournament: Frosh rallies Louisville past No. 2 Xavier Arizona Daily Star
March 23, 2011 12:00 am

CINCINNATI - Now everyone knows why Shoni Schimmel's teammates on Louisville call her "Show."

The freshman guard scuttled host Xavier's plans for another deep NCAA tournament run on Tuesday, scoring a career-high 33 points and leading a late charge in an 85-75 victory over the No. 2-seeded Musketeers in the second round of the NCAA tournament.

"That's why we call her 'Show,'" guard Tia Gibbs said. "When it's a big stage and a big crowd, she's going to put on a show, just like she did today."

The No. 7-seeded Cardinals (22-12), who also start two sophomores, go to Spokane, Wash., to play No. 11 Gonzaga in a regional semifinal on Saturday.

Louisville lost to UConn in the championship game in 2009, then failed to make the tournament last season. Schimmel has them halfway to the Final Four again, after scoring the first nine points in a closing 21-5 run.

It was a stunning collapse by Xavier (29-3), which made it to the Elite Eight last season and had won 19 in a row with its dominating frontcourt duo of Amber Harris and Ta'Shia Phillips.

The Musketeers had won 25 in a row at home, including a 12-point victory over Louisville in November.

Philadelphia Region

• No. 1 Connecticut 64, No. 9 Purdue 40: In Storrs, Conn., Tiffany Hayes scored 23 points, and top-seeded UConn put on a defensive clinic to beat Purdue. The Huskies (33-1) advanced to the regional semifinals for the 18th straight year, the nation's longest active streak, and will face Georgetown on Sunday.

• No. 5 Georgetown 79, No. 4 Maryland 57: In College Park, Md., Sugar Rodgers scored a career-high 34 points as Georgetown reached the Sweet 16 for the first time. The Hoyas (24-10) bolted to a 40-26 halftime lead. Alyssa Thomas had 23 points and 14 rebounds for Maryland (24-8).

Dayton Region

• No. 6 Oklahoma 88, No. 3 Miami 83: In Charlottesville, Va., Danielle Robinson scored six straight points to break open a tied game, and sixth-seeded Oklahoma held on to beat third-seeded Miami. Whitney Hand scored a career-high 27 points to lead the Sooners (23-11), who are two wins from a third straight Final Four trip.

Dallas Region

• No. 6 Georgia 61, No. 3 Florida State 59: In Auburn, Ala., Jasmine James scored on a putback with 2.1 seconds left, then made the subsequent free throw to give Georgia its second straight Sweet 16 berth. The Bulldogs (23-10) will face Texas A&M on Sunday.

• No. 2 Texas A&M 70, No. 7 Rutgers 48: In Auburn, Ala., Danielle Adams had 28 points to lead the Aggies.

• No. 1 Baylor 82, No. 9 West Virginia 68: In Waco, Texas, Brittney Griner had 30 points despite sitting the final 9:00 of the first half because of foul trouble, and Baylor rolled into Sweet 16 for the sixth time in eight years to face Wisconsin-Green Bay on Sunday.

• No. 5 Wisconsin-Green Bay 65, Michigan St. 56: In Wichita, Kan., Adrian Ritchie scored 20 points off the bench as the Phoenix (34-1) advanced to the regional semifinals for the first time.

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