Moore rallies UConn by Georgetown

Posted March 27, 2011, at 9:09 p.m.

PHILADELPHIA — Maya Moore had 23 points and 14 rebounds to help Connecticut rally from a seven-point second-half deficit and beat Georgetown 68-63 on Sunday in the Philadelphia Regional semifinals.

The Huskies will face Duke in the regional final on Tuesday night with their fourth straight trip to the Final Four on the line. UConn routed the Blue Devils 87-51 on Jan. 31.

Bria Hartley added 17 points for UConn (35-1), which is three wins away from a third straight national championship that would match the school’s own run from 2002-04 and Tennessee’s from 1996-98.

Monica McNutt scored 17 points for Georgetown (24-11), which was trying to pull off one of the biggest upsets in NCAA tournament history.

Connecticut trailed 53-46 with 9:36 left, but responded with a 16-2 run.

It was coach Geno Auriemma’s 80th victory in the NCAA tournament, moving him into second on the career wins list for men or women. Tennessee coach Pat Summitt leads the way with 109, and Duke men’s coach Mike Krzyzewski is third with 79.

Duke 70, DePaul 63

PHILADELPHIA — Karima Christmas had 23 points and nine rebounds, and Jasmine Thomas scored 19 points to help the Blue Devils of coach Joanne P. McCallie reach the regional final for a second straight year.

Duke (32-3) will play top-seeded Connecticut on Tuesday night.

Chelsea Gray scored 16 points for the Blue Devils, who raced to a 15-point lead and had to hold on after the big advantage nearly evaporated late in the second half.

DePaul’s Deirde Naughton hit two 3-pointers in less than a minute that cut the lead to three each time, but the Blue Devils wrapped it up at the free throw line.

Naughton scored 17 points for DePaul (29-7), which has never played in a regional final.

Texas A&M 79, Georgia 38

DALLAS — Danielle Adams had 23 points and 14 rebounds and Texas A&M built a 31-point halftime lead to earn a spot in the regional final.

The Aggies will face either top-seeded Baylor or Wisconsin-Green Bay in the final.

Texas A&M (30-5) led 13-0 and was up 27-2 with just under 10 minutes to play in the first half. The Aggies stifled the Lady Bulldogs into a 1-for-14 start from the field.

The win gives Texas A&M its first 30-win season and puts the Aggies in the regional final for the second time and first since 2008.

Jasmine James scored 10 points to lead Georgia (23-11).

Stanford 72, No. Carolina 65

SPOKANE, Wash. — Nnemkadi Ogwumike and her freshman sister, Chiney, scored 12 of Stanford’s final 15 points and the top-seeded Cardinal held on in the final minute for a 72-65 win over No. 5 seed North Carolina on Saturday night in the Spokane Regional semifinals.

Stanford (32-2) kept alive its hope for a fourth straight Final Four trip — a string that started four years ago on this floor in Spokane — thanks to its talented sister duo who made up for an off night from Pac-10 player of the year Jeanette Pohlen.

Nnemkadi Ogwumike led the Cardinal with 19 points while Chiney, the Pac-10 freshman of the year, added 16. Pohlen missed eight of her nine shots and finished with just six points. The Cardinal have won 26 straight overall.

The Cardinal’s road to Indianapolis and the Final Four now intersects with hometown favorite, 11th-seeded Gonzaga on Monday night in the regional final. Stanford and Gonzaga met earlier this year on the Bulldogs’ home floor with Stanford holding on for an 84-78 victory.

Italee Lucas led North Carolina (28-9) with 22 points.

Gonzaga 76, Louisville 69

SPOKANE, Wash. — Courtney Vandersloot had 29 points, seven assists and seven steals, Janelle Bekkering scored eight of her 15 points in the final 4:01 and No. 11 seed Gonzaga advanced to the Spokane Regional final.

Playing less than two miles from the school’s campus, the Bulldogs sent the blood pressure rising for the 10,000 or so hometown fans in attendance after nearly squandering all of a 20-point second half lead. But Gonzaga scored 10 of the final 17 points after Louisville had pulled within 65-62.

Gonzaga (31-4) became the lowest seed in NCAA history to reach the Elite Eight.

Shoni Schimmel led Louisville (22-13) with 18 points, but didn’t find her shot until midway through the second half, missing 12 of her first 13 shots.

Tennessee 85, Ohio St. 75

DAYTON, Ohio — Shekinna Stricklen scored 20 points and touched off a critical 11-3 second-half run to power top-seeded Tennessee past Ohio State in an NCAA regional semifinal.

The Lady Vols (34-2) won their 25th consecutive game, but trailed for much of it and only took control with their charge in the final minutes.

Meighan Simmons added 18 points and Kelley Cain had 16 for Tennessee, pursuing a ninth NCAA title. The Lady Vols meet Notre Dame in the regional championship game Monday night, with a trip to the Final Four in Indianapolis on the line.

Samantha Prahalis had 22 points for Ohio State (24-10), which had won its last 11.

Notre Dame 78, Oklahoma 53

DAYTON, Ohio — Brittany Mallory scored a season-high 20 points Saturday, and Notre Dame’s defensive pressure took its toll in a victory over Oklahoma that sent the second-seeded Fighting Irish to the regional final.

Notre Dame (29-7) will play top-seeded Tennessee on Monday.

Nicole Griffin scored 18 points for Oklahoma (23-12), which reached the Final Four each of the last two years. Notre Dame’s go-for-the-ball pressure crumpled the Sooners’ guard-driven offense, which had only eight field goals and 14 turnovers in the decisive first half.

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