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Delaware forward Danielle Parker (12) shoots between North Carolina forward Xylina McDaniel (left) and guard Tierra Ruffin-Pratt on Tuesday. Parker had 14 points in Delaware’s 78-69 win.
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
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 either Dayton or Kentucky.
Vice President Joe Biden was among those in the second straight sellout crowd at Delaware’s compact arena. Most of the fans wore royal blue, yellow, or a combination of both. Most of them were standing during the final 5 minutes of the game, when it became apparent the Blue Hens and Delle Donne would be playing at least once more this season.
After the final buzzer, Delaware players gathered at midcourt and waved to their fans in appreciation as most in the crowd chanted, “Let’s Go Hens!”
Delle Donne missed 18 of 28 field goal tries, but the 6-foot-5 senior went 11 for 13 at the line and now has 3,006 points during a sensational career in her home state.
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, but the 6-6 senior was in foul trouble for much of the second half and finally picked up her fifth with 4:08 left.
North Carolina point guard Tierra Ruffin-Pratt, who scored a career-high 30 points against Albany in the tournament opener, played the final 11:55 with four fouls and finished with four points on 1-for-13 shooting.
No. 2 Duke 68, No. 7 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 of the Norfolk Regional.
Duke trailed by 15 points in the first minute of the second half before outscoring the seventh-seeded Cowgirls 47-23 during the final 19½ minutes to reach the tournament’s second weekend for the 15th time in 16 years.
The Blue Devils advance to face sixth-seeded Nebraska in the regional semifinals on Sunday in Norfolk, Va.
No. 2 Kentucky 84, No. 7 Dayton 70
NEW YORK — A’dia Mathies rebounded from the worst game of her career to match her career high with 34 points and lead second-seeded Kentucky over seventh-seeded Dayton in the second round.
The Wildcats (29-5) will face Delaware in the semifinals of the Bridgeport Regional on Saturday.
No. 5 Louisville 76, No. 4 Purdue 63
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Sara Hammond had 21 points and 10 rebounds to help fifth-seeded Louisville beat Purdue and advanced to its second NCAA tournament regional semifinal in three years.
The Cardinals (26-8) will play either top-seeded Baylor or Florida State on Sunday in Oklahoma City.
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No. 12 Kansas 75, No. 4 South Carolina 69
BOULDER, Colo. — Monica Engelman scored a career-high 27 points and Kansas became just the second No. 12 seed to advance to the round of 16 with an upset of fourth-seeded South Carolina.
Angel Goodrich added 20 points for the Jayhawks (20-13), who are coached by former Virginia Tech coach Bonnie Hendrickson.
Maryland 58, Alabama 57
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alex Len finished with 15 points and 13 rebounds and had a key block in the final seconds to help Maryland escape with a victory over Alabama on Tuesday night in the NIT quarterfinals.
Len’s fifth block came on Rodney Cooper’s drive with 3 seconds left. Then Trevor Lacey got off another potential game-winner at the buzzer after a pump-fake but it bounced off the rim.
The Terrapins (25-12) are making their first trip to the NIT semifinals at Madison Square Garden since 2005 and are seeking their first title since 1972.
Alabama (23-13) wiped out most of a 10-point second-half deficit but never reclaimed the lead.
Len had been on the bench with four fouls, but came up big at the end despite missing two free throws with 27 seconds left. Dez Wells and Jake Layman each had 13 points.
Levi Randolph led Alabama with 15 points.
Wake AD says Bzdelik will be back as coach
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Wake Forest athletic director Ron Wellman said basketball coach Jeff Bzdelik will be back for a fourth season.
In an interview with The Associated Press on Tuesday, Wellman re-affirmed his support for Bzdelik and said he is “very encouraged about the future of our program.”
The Demon Deacons have had three straight losing seasons and no postseason tournament appearances under Bzdelik. He is 34-60 overall and 11-42 against Atlantic Coast Conference opponents.
This year’s young team went 13-18 with upset wins over No. 2 Miami and No. 18 North Carolina State with a roster that had only three available non-freshmen on scholarship.
Source: Wildcats interview Duke’s Collins
A person familiar with the situation said Duke assistant Chris Collins has interviewed for the head coach opening at Northwestern.
The person told The Associated Press on Tuesday that Collins spoke with Northwestern about the job on Monday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the Northwestern is not publicly discussing the hiring process.
Collins is a native of the Chicago suburb of Northbrook, Ill. — roughly 15 miles from the Northwestern campus in Evanston — and is the son of Philadelphia 76ers coach Doug Collins.
Buffalo hires ex-Duke star Hurley as coach
BUFFALO, N.Y. — The University at Buffalo hired former Duke star Bobby Hurley to take over as its men’s basketball coach.
Hurley, who was introduced at a news conference Tuesday, completed his first season as an associate coach at Rhode Island this month, working under his brother, Dan Hurley. He spent the previous two seasons as an assistant at Wagner, also with Dan serving as head coach.
At Buffalo, he takes over for Reggie Witherspoon, who was fired two weeks ago after 14 seasons on the job. Witherspoon went 4-20 this past season.
Former Big East schools sign deal with CBS
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The Big East conference will have a new name when it plays games on CBS.
The conference that plans to rename itself this spring has signed a deal with CBS Sports to televise basketball games through the end of the season in 2020. CBS will have the first selection from conference and nonconference games, including those played at neutral sites.
The conference did not reveal financial terms of the deal, which provides up to 12 appearances on CBS each season, half of which will be league games. Starting in 2014, the league’s basketball lineup will include Connecticut, Cincinnati, Temple, South Florida, Central Florida, Houston, Memphis, SMU and Tulane.
N.C. State fires Harper
RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina State fired women’s basketball coach Kellie Harper after four seasons.
The school said Tuesday that the 35-year-old coach wouldn’t return after missing the NCAA tournament for the third straight year. Harper, a former player under Tennessee’s Pat Summitt, was the successor to late Hall of Famer Kay Yow, who died in 2009 after a long fight with cancer.