Undefeated UConn, Notre Dame Advance in Women’s NCAA TournamentEben Novy-Williams
The University of Connecticut and University of Notre Dame women’s basketball teams moved one step closer to an undefeated national title showdown, advancing to the their respective regional finals with double-digit wins.
UConn (37-0) overcame a sluggish start last night to beat Brigham Young 70-51; Notre Dame (35-0) cruised to an 89-72 win over Oklahoma State. Baylor and Texas A&M also advanced at the National Collegiate Athletic Association tournament.
The Huskies trailed BYU with 17:35 remaining tonight in Lincoln, Nebraska, the first time they’ve trailed in the second half of a game all season, according to ESPN. The eight-time NCAA champions are in the regional finals for the ninth consecutive season.
Notre Dame opened its game on a 14-0 run and never trailed in a de facto home game in South Bend, Indiana. Natalie Achonwa had 23 points and a career-high five blocks in the win.
Baylor beat Kentucky 90-72 and will face Notre Dame in the next round. Texas A&M defeated DePaul 84-65 and will play UConn.
The round of 16 will conclude tomorrow, with No. 1 seeds Tennessee and South Carolina looking to advance.