Women's NCaa Tournament: Stanford gets Duke next; Griner slams again

2012-03-25T00:00:00Z 2014-05-05T19:00:55Z Women's NCaa Tournament: Stanford gets Duke next; Griner slams againThe Associated Press The Associated Press
March 25, 2012 12:00 am  • 

FRESNO, Calif. - Duke is all that stands in the way of Stanford's fifth straight Final Four.

Nnemkadi Ogwumike had 39 points and 10 rebounds in the top-seeded Cardinal's 76-60 win over No. 5 South Carolina on Saturday night in the Fresno Regional semifinal. Stanford will face Duke at 6 p.m. Monday for a trip to Denver.

Ogwumike shot 14 for 22 and made 11 of 12 free throws, and Toni Kokenis added 12 points and seven boards as Stanford (34-1) ran its school-record winning streak to 31 games with a hard-fought victory.

Markeshia Grant scored 14 points and made four three-pointers and La'Keisha Sutton had 18 for scrappy South Carolina (25-10), which hung tough in its first regional semifinals since 2002 despite a big height disadvantage.

• No. 1 Baylor 83, No. 4 Georgia Tech 68: In Des Moines, Iowa, Brittney Griner capped a sensational performance with a two-handed dunk and Baylor stormed into the NCAA regional finals for the third straight year.

Griner, who finished with 35 points, 10 rebounds and six blocks, got behind the defense and threw down her slam with 6:29 left in yet another rout for the unbeaten Lady Bears - swinging briefly on the rim for good measure.

It was the second straight game in which the 6-foot-8 All-American dunked and the seventh slam of her college career. She's now tied with former Tennessee star Candace Parker, whose had two slams.

"Even though she dunks in warm-ups all the time, in the game it's just something that automatically just gets us fired up and really excited," Baylor's Odyssey Sims said. "I think we get more excited for her than she does for herself."

Destiny Williams added 18 points on 9-for-10 shooting for the top-seeded Lady Bears (37-0), who play second-seeded Tennessee in the Des Moines Regional final on Monday night with the winner advancing to the Final Four.

Baylor, the 2005 national champion, is seeking its third Final Four appearance and second in three years. Tennessee, which has won eight titles, will try to get to the national semifinals for the 19th time.

• No. 2 Tennessee 84, No. 11 Kansas 73: In Des Moines, Iowa, Meighan Simmons scored 22 points off the bench and Tennessee rallied to beat Kansas and advance to its second straight regional final.

The Vols (27-8) trailed by as many as 14 in the first half but cut it to five by the break. Tennessee took the lead for good with a 19-9 run to open the second half, and Simmons had 16 points after halftime.

"The first half we tend to get ourselves in a hole, but we fought back," Vols associate head coach Holly Warlick said. "I thought our bench was outstanding."

It was the 1,098th win for Tennessee head coach Pat Summitt, who said in August she'd been diagnosed with early onset dementia, Alzheimer's type, and has yet to commit to coaching next season.

• No. 2 Duke 74, No. 3 St. John's 47: In Fresno, Calif., Shay Selby took charge in the second half to finish with 18 points and seven assists, leading Duke to the Fresno Regional finals on Monday night.

Chelsea Gray, who grew up in nearby Stockton, scored 13 points for the Blue Devils (25-5) in what became a surprising rout. Duke last went to the Final Four in 2006.

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