Delle Donne leads Delaware to win

  • Posted: Tuesday, March 26, 2013 11:48 p.m.

BRIDGEPORT REGIONAL

Delaware 78, UNC 69

NEWARK, Del. — Elena Delle Donne scored 33 points in her final home game, and Delaware rallied past foul-plagued North Carolina 78-69 on Tuesday night to advance to the round of 16 in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history.

The sixth-seeded Blue Hens (32-3) trailed 50-42 with 15:31 left before coming back to extend their school-record winning streak to 27 games and eliminate No. 3 seed North Carolina (29-7). Delaware will next travel to Connecticut to face second-seeded Kentucky in the Bridgeport Regional semifinals Saturday.

Trumae Lucas scored 20 for the Blue Hens and Danielle Parker contributed 14 points and 13 rebounds.

Waltiea Rolle scored 23 points for the Tar Heels.

Kentucky 84, Dayton 70

NEW YORK — A’dia Mathies followed up the worst game of her career with one of her best, matching a personal high with 34 points to lead second-seeded Kentucky over seventh-seeded Dayton.

With Kentucky (29-5) clinging to a 46-44 advantage early in the second half, Mathies scored 10 points during a 16-3 run to help the Wildcats take control of the game.

Andrea Hoover scored 22 points to lead the Flyers (28-3).

NORFOLK REGIONAL

Duke 68, Oklahoma St. 59

DURHAM, N.C. — Elizabeth Williams had 16 points and 12 rebounds, and Duke rallied to beat Oklahoma State in the second round.

Haley Peters added 15 points and 13 rebounds while Tricia Liston scored eight of her 13 in the final 6-plus minutes and Chloe Wells also finished with 13 for the second-seeded Blue Devils (32-2). They advance to face sixth-seeded Nebraska in the regional semifinals on Sunday in Norfolk, Va.

Liz Donohoe had 14 points to lead Oklahoma State (22-11).

OKLAHOMA CITY REGIONAL

Louisville 76, Purdue 63

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Sara Hammond had 21 points and 10 rebounds to help Louisville advance to the Sweet 16 for the second time in three years.

The fifth-seeded Cardinals (26-8) will play either top-seeded Baylor or No. 8 seed Florida State on Sunday in Oklahoma City, their fourth regional semifinal in the last six years.

The fourth-seeded Boilermakers (25-9) had a five-game winning streak snapped and have lost in the second round three straight years.

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