Rogowski paces DePaul
The Associated Press | March 25,2014
DePaul’s Megan Rogowski beats Duke’s Richa Jackson to a loose ball during Monday’s NCAA game in Durham, N.C.
DURHAM, N.C. — Megan Rogowski scored 22 points and Megan Podkowa added 18 to help DePaul upset Duke 74-65 on Monday night in the second round of the NCAA tournament.
Brittany Hrynko added 14 for the seventh-seeded Blue Demons (29-6). They earned their third appearance in the round of 16 by hitting 14 3-pointers and forcing second-seeded Duke into 21 turnovers with their high-pressure defense.
DePaul will play the James Madison-Texas A&M winner on Saturday in the Lincoln Regional semifinals.
Elizabeth Williams scored 12 points, and seniors Haley Peters and Tricia Liston each added 11 in their final game at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Duke (28-7) led for only 12 seconds and became the first top-four seed to lose in the tournament.
The Blue Devils — who made four straight appearances in the regional finals — became the first No. 2 seed to lose this early since Xavier lost to Louisville in 2011.
NOTRE DAME 84, ARIZONA STATE 67
TOLEDO, Ohio — Natalie Achonwa had 25 points and 11 rebounds, and top-seeded Notre Dame pulled away in the second half for a victory over ninth-seeded Arizona State.
The unbeaten Fighting Irish (34-0) have won their last 15 games by double digits, although the Sun Devils (23-10) kept this one close during a sloppy first half. Deja Mann scored 16 points for Arizona State.
Notre Dame led 32-26 at halftime before scoring the first six points of the second. Led by the 6-foot-3 Achonwa, the Irish outscored Arizona State 46-34 in the paint. Kayla McBride had 22 points and nine assists for Notre Dame, which advanced to the Sweet 16 for the 12th time in the last 18 years.
KENTUCKY 64, SYRACUSE 59
LEXINGTON, Ky. — Bria Goss scored 17 points and third-seeded Kentucky held off No. 6 seed Syracuse.
Goss went 11 of 12 from the foul line as the Wildcats (26-8) ground out a victory two days after beating Wright State by 46 points. Syracuse’s physical play and its 2-3 zone defense had a lot to do with disrupting Kentucky’s rhythm and scoring opportunities in a 36-percent shooting performance.
The Wildcats offset those struggles with scrappy defense that forced the Orange into 23 turnovers and held them to 33 percent shooting, culminating with a victory that earned Kentucky a berth in the round of 16 of the Notre Dame Regional.
Syracuse couldn’t follow up its first-ever NCAA tournament win, struggling to score after losing star guard Brittney Sykes to a right knee injury on Saturday. Brianna Butler had 15 points for the Orange.
STANFORD 63, FLORIDA STATE 44
AMES, Iowa — Chiney Ogwumike had 19 points and nine rebounds, and Stanford broke open the game with a 30-2 run spanning the halves in a victory over Florida State in the second round of the NCAA women’s tournament.
The second-seeded Cardinal (31-3) won two games in Ames to advance to the regional they’ll host at Maples Pavilion starting Saturday. They’re in the Sweet 16 for the seventh year in a row. The 10th-seeded Seminoles struggled to score in both of their two tournament games, following a 55-44 win over Iowa State with another dud.
Lili Thompson added 14 points and Bonnie Samuelson had 11 with three 3-pointers. The Cardinal had 17 assists on 22 field goals.