|Women's NCAA Tournament RESULTS
|Kentucky 84, Dayton 70
|LSU 71, Penn State 66
Mathies Powers Kentucky Past Dayton & Into Sweet Sixteen
QUEENS, NY – No. 2 seed Kentucky took the floor on Tuesday night to face off with No. 7 seed Dayton, and the Wildcats survived and advanced with an 84-70 triumph over the Flyers. A’dia Mathies turned in another stellar performance for UK (29-5), dropping a game-high 34 points thanks to a tremendous 13-for-17 shooting effort.
The Wildcats took a nine-point lead into the half against the Flyers (28-3) and then used a 44-point showing in the final 20 minutes to maintain their lead. Kentucky led by as many as 16 points on the evening and was never threatened in the second half en route to the win and a berth into the Sweet 16.
Mathies’ impressive shooting performance helped the Wildcats shoot over 47 percent from the floor as a team in the victory. Dayton managed to connect on 44 percent of its field goals, but the Wildcat defense stymied the Flyers into 23 turnovers on the night while limiting them to just 12 assists on the offensive end.
DeNesha Stallworth added 14 points for UK on the offensive end while Bria Goss chipped in an addition 12 points of her own. Jennifer O’Neill tacked on 11 points as well and the Wildcats never faced more than a two-point deficit.
Andrea Hoover led the way for Dayton with 22 points and six rebounds on six-of-11 shooting. She got help from Cassie Sant (13 points) and Samantha MacKay (12 points), but it was not enough to keep pace with the high-powered offensive attack of Kentucky.
LSU Knocks Off No. 3 Seed Penn State
BATON ROUGE, La. – No. 6 seed LSU topple No. 3 seed Penn State on Tuesday night, knocking off the Nittany Lions by a final score of 71-66 in Baton Rouge. Adrienne Webb spearheaded the effort for the Lady Tigers (22-11) with 29 points on the evening.
LSU entered the half trailing the Nittany Lions (26-6) by seven points, but a 36-point effort in the second half propelled the Tigers to the win and clinched a spot in the Sweet 16. LSU managed to shoot 46.6 percent from the field on Tuesday while holding Penn State to 42 percent on the other end. The Lady Tigers forced 15 turnovers on the night and only allowed 12 assists on the offensive end.
Webb’s big performance was the product of a 10-for-16 shooting night and a seven-for-nine showing from the free throw line. Bianca Lutley also turned in a big game for LSU, pouring in 18 points to go along with six assists and three boards while hitting 70 percent of her shots. Shanece McKinney and Theresa Plaisance added eight apiece for LSU while combining for 10 boards.
Nikki Greene led the scoring effort for PSU with 16 points on six-of-11 shooting, and she rounded out the double-double with 16 rebounds. Alex Bentley chipped in 14 points and four rebounds for the Nittany Lions, while Maggie Lucas added nine points, three boards and two assists.
LSU shot 44 percent from beyond the 3-point line in the win, while Penn State was limited to just 25 percent from deep. LSU picked up the win despite being out-rebounded, 37 to 29.