Top 25 Capsules

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 8, 2014 at 10:46 pm •  Published: March 8, 2014
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Zahna Medley scored a season-high 32 points for the Horned Frogs (18-14). She made 8 of 17 field goals and 6 of 12 3-pointers. None of her teammates scored more than six points.

TCU made just 2 of 11 3-pointers in the second half after making 4 of 8 in the first.

No. 9 BAYLOR 81, KANSAS 47

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Nina Davis scored 20 points to help Baylor to an easy win in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 tournament.

Odyssey Sims, the nation's scoring leader and Big 12 Player of the Year, added 15 points for the top-seeded Lady Bears (27-4). Baylor, the three-time defending tournament champion, advanced to play No. 18 Oklahoma State in the semifinals on Sunday.

Baylor has won 13 of 14 since losing at Kansas 76-60 on Jan 19, including two victories over Oklahoma State.

Chelsea Gardner had 21 points and nine rebounds and Dakota Gonzalez added 10 points and six rebounds for No. 8 seed Kansas (13-19), which shot just 34 percent from the field and suffered its worst loss of the season. The Jayhawks were coming off an 87-84 overtime win over Kansas State the night before.

No. 10 DUKE 66, No. 13 NORTH CAROLINA 61

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Tricia Liston scored 17 points and Ka'lia Johnson hit the go-ahead free throws with 44.1 seconds left to help Duke rally past North Carolina in the semifinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.

Johnson's two free throws broke a 60-all tie and helped the second-seeded Blue Devils (27-5) avoid a three-game sweep by their fiercest rival. Duke went 6 for 6 at the foul line in the final minute of a tight game, holding off UNC freshman star Diamond DeShields and the sixth-seeded Tar Heels (24-9).

After Oderah Chidom hit two more free throws to make it 64-61 with 17.5 seconds left, DeShields launched a 3-pointer for the tie but it rattled out. Chidom got the rebound and was fouled, knocking down two more free throws with 9.2 seconds left to seal Duke's trip to Sunday's championship to face No. 2 Notre Dame.

No. 16 NEBRASKA 86, No. 19 MICHIGAN STATE 58

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (AP) — Tear'a Laudermill scored 20 points and Rachel Theriot added 18 as Nebraska used a 50-point first half to cruise past Michigan State in the Big Ten semifinals.

The Cornhuskers (24-6) advance to the tournament championship game against No. 23 Iowa, the fifth-seeded, on Sunday.

Nebraska was on top 24-17 in the first half prior to Laudermill's 3-pointer that capped a 9-0 Cornhusker run and stretched the lead to 33-17 over Michigan State (22-9). Over the next 6 minutes, Nebraska upped that margin to 23 points and led the Spartans 50-27 at the break.

The Cornhuskers scored first in the second period, opening a 26-point lead, and coasted the remainder of the half, while shooting 52 percent from the floor.

Branndais Agee led Spartan scorers with 18 points.

No. 18 OKLAHOMA ST 67, IOWA STATE 57

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Brittney Martin scored 17 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as Oklahoma State pulled away late in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 tournament.

The Cowgirls (23-7) got 14 points each from Tiffany Bias and Brittany Atkins and Kendra Suttles, who was clutch off the bench down the stretch, had 11.

The Cyclones (20-10) tied the game at 52 with 8:45 to play but went cold. OSU used a 6-0 surge for separation and closed the game by hitting 6 of 8 free throws. Suttles scored seven straight points for the Cowgirls as they pulled away.

Hallie Christofferson led Iowa State with 21 points and 11 rebounds and Nikki Moody had 14 points. ISU shot just 34 percent, going 7 for 25 from 3-point range.

Oklahoma State shot 50 percent and forced Iowa State into 16 turnovers.

No. 23 IOWA 77, OHIO STATE 73

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Theairra Taylor scored 21 points and made a go-ahead layup with 1:32 left as Iowa held on in the semifinals of the Big Ten tournament.

After Taylor's go-ahead layup gave Iowa (26-7) a 75-73 lead, Ameryst Alston missed a layup on Ohio State's ensuing possession. Martina Ellerbe then missed a potential game-winning 3-pointer for Ohio State (17-18) with 10 seconds left and Melissa Dixon sunk two free throws for Iowa with a second remaining as the Hawkeyes advanced to the Big Ten title game for the first time since 2010.

Bethany Doolittle and Ally Disterhoft each added 18 points and Melissa Dixon scored 16 for Iowa, which never trailed.

Alston led Ohio State with 20 points while Ellerbe and Darryce Moore each added 15 for the Buckeyes.

No. 24 RUTGERS 68, SMU 49

UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — Kahleah Copper scored 22 points and Tyler Scaife added 18 to help Rutgers rally past SMU in the American Athletic Conference quarterfinals.

Trailing 35-31 early in the second half, the Scarlet Knights (22-8) went on a 18-4 run to take control. Scaife had six points and Copper had five during the spurt.

Scaife's two free throws made it 49-39 with 8:20 left in the game. SMU couldn't get closer than seven the rest of the way.

The Scarlet Knights will play Connecticut in the semifinals on Sunday.

Keena Mays scored 23 points to lead SMU (17-13). She helped the Mustangs build a 30-24 halftime lead hitting five 3-pointers in the first half. SMU scored the first five points before Rutgers went on a 16-0 run. Then Mays took over as the Mustangs outscored the Scarlet Knights 25-8.

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