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Minnesota skims over Kansas State to reach BC

Beard and Hunter push Blue Devils

Janel McCarville had 15 points and a career-high 18 rebounds to lead well-balanced Minnesota to an unexpectedly easy 80-61 victory over Kansas State last night in the second round of the NCAA Tournament in Minneapolis.

Lindsay Whalen scored 15 points and Shannon Schonrock added 14 for the seventh-seeded Gophers (23-8), who will play Sunday against No. 3 seed Boston College in the Mideast Regional semifinals in Norfolk, Va.

Coach Pam Borton was an assistant at BC for five seasons before Minnesota hired her in 2002.

Nicole Ohlde scrapped her way to 23 points for the second-seeded Wildcats (25-6), who lost last year in the second round at home to Notre Dame as a No. 3 seed. Kendra Wecker (8 points) and Laurie Koehn (3), the rest of Kansas State's talented trio, didn't make an impact. Megan Mahoney scored 17 points.

Duke 76, Marquette 67 -- Alana Beard scored 30 points in her final game at Cameron Indoor Stadium and Brittany Hunter added 12 after halftime to lift the Blue Devils over the Golden Eagles in the second round.

Monique Currie scored 15 first-half points for top-seeded Duke (29-3), which has won 12 straight games heading into the round of 16 in Norfolk, Va.

Kelly Schwerman had 16 points to lead ninth-seeded Marquette (22-10).

East Regional

Notre Dame 59, Middle Tennessee 46 -- Jacqueline Batteast tied her career-high with 27 points, 14 during a decisive 22-1 run, leading the Irish over the Lady Raiders in the second round in South Bend, Ind.

The 13th-seeded Middle Tennessee State (24-8) was leading, 26-25, when Batteast got fifth-seeded Notre Dame (21-11) started on its run with a 14-foot jumper from the baseline. Monique Hernandez then scored on a layup to give the Irish a 29-26 halftime lead.

Penn State 61, Virginia Tech 48 -- Tanisha Wright made up for fellow All-American Kelly Mazzante's poor shooting by scoring 26 of the Lady Lions' first 36 points, and the top seeds beat the Hokies to reach the third round in Blacksburg, Va. Penn State (27-5) will be making its third straight trip to the round of 16.

West Regional

Purdue 60, Villanova 42 -- Shereka Wright scored 19 points and the second-seeded Boilermakers dominated the second half after a slow start, beating Villanova in Ames, Iowa, to advance to the West Regional semifinals in Seattle. Purdue (29-3) outscored Villanova, 37-14, in the final period and moved into the round of 16 for the third time in four years.

Texas 80, Michigan State 61 -- Jamie Carey shook off a ferocious collision in the first half to lead the Longhorns through a bruising win over the Spartans in Austin, Texas, and into the third round of the NCAA Tournament.

Carey had to leave the court for several minutes after running into a defensive screen but returned to score 20 points, hitting five 3-pointers.

LSU 76, Maryland 61 -- Seimone Augustus scored 26 points to help rally the Tigers over the Terrapins in the second round in Baton Rouge, La.

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