|Florida State’s Jacinta Monroe soars past St. John’s Joy McCorvey to bank home the winning shot in overtime. (Phil Coale/Associated Press)|
Monroe boosts Seminoles in OT
Lady Vols reach 28th Sweet 16
Jacinta Monroe said she couldn’t remember the ending, the details of a frantic finish quickly going blurry in her mind.
It’ll come back to her someday — since it was her shining moment.
Monroe scored Florida State’s final 4 points of regulation to save the season, then got the game winning shot to fall with 28.9 seconds remaining as the third-seeded Seminoles beat sixth-seeded St. John’s, 66-65, in a wild second-round NCAA Tournament matchup last night in Tallahassee.
There were 19 ties, 19 lead changes, and drama until the very final moment, when Da’Shena Stevens’s shot that would have won it for St. John’s banked off the backboard, then off the rim, and the Seminoles could finally celebrate being off to the semifinals of the Dayton Regional.
“I’m not sure there are enough w’s,’’ Florida State coach Sue Semrau said, “to put at the end of ’phew!’’’
Monroe scored a game-high 16 points for Florida State, which got 15 from Alysha Harvin and 10 each from Chasity Clayton and Alexa Deluzio, along with nine assists from Courtney Ward — including the one setting up Monroe’s gamewinner.
“I tried to play it cool,’’ Monroe said. “But I was shaking and thanking the heavens when she missed it.’’
Nadirah McKenith scored 15 for St. John’s, which was trying to reach the NCAA round of 16 for the first time. Stevens had 14 points and 10 rebounds despite spending much of the second half and overtime battling leg cramps, and Joy McCorvey added 13 for the Red Storm
Tennessee 92, Dayton 64 — Alicia Manning scored a career-high 17 points and had 10 rebounds to help the Lady Vols beat the Flyers in Knoxville, Tenn.
Tennessee will make its 28th appearance in the regional semifinals Saturday, this time playing 350 miles away in Memphis.
The Lady Vols’ lone absence from the round of 16 in the tournament’s 29-year history came last season with a 71-55 loss to Ball State in the opening round.
Dayton, which managed to rally from an 18-point deficit in its 67-66 win over TCU in the first round, was tasked with playing only its second NCAA Tournament game in front of about 10,000 orange-clad fans.
Baylor 49, Georgetown 33 — Brittney Griner blocked an NCAA Tournament record 14 shots in a horrid offensive game for both teams, leading the Bears past the Hoyas at Berkeley, Calif.
Griner broke the mark Pauline Jordan of UNLV set against Colorado in 1989 to help Baylor (25-9) advance to play Tennessee Saturday.
Georgetown (26-7) missed its first 14 shots and had no answer offensively when Griner was in the game or when she was out with foul trouble. The Hoyas shot 17 percent and made fewer shots than Griner blocked, finishing 12 for 70 and matching the fifth fewest points ever scored in the tournament.
Stanford 96, Iowa 67 — Rosalyn Gold-Onwude hit a career-high seven 3-pointers on the way to a career-best 26 points and the host Cardinal shot a sizzling 68.8 percent in the first half and rolled past the Hawkeyes.
Gonzaga 72, Texas A&M 71 — Vivian Frieson scored 23 points, including the game-winning 12-footer with 17 seconds left, to lead the Bulldogs to the upset of the Aggies at Seattle.
Georgia 74, Oklahoma State 71 — Freshman Jasmine James scored 14 of her career-high 27 points in overtime to lead the Lady Bulldogs over the Lady Cowboys at Tempe, Ariz.
Kentucky 70, Michigan State 52 — At Louisville, Ky., Victoria Dunlap scored 21 points to lead the Wildcats past the Spartans and into the regional semifinals for the first time in 28 years.
Duke 60, LSU 52 — Jasmine Thomas scored 15 points and Bridgette Mitchell added 12 points to help the Blue Devils pull away late and beat the Tigers in Durham, N.C.