Saturday's Women's NCAA Tournament Capsules
Originally published March 25, 2012 at 12:05 a.m., updated March 25, 2012 at 1:44 a.m.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Brittney Griner capped a sensational performance with a two-handed dunk and Baylor stormed into the NCAA regional finals for the third straight year with an 83-68 rout of Georgia Tech on Saturday.
Griner, who finished with 35 points, 10 rebounds and six blocks, got behind the defense and threw down her slam with 6:29 left in yet another rout for the Lady Bears — swinging briefly on the rim for good measure.
It was the second straight game in which the 6-foot-8 All-American dunked and the seventh slam of her college career. She's now tied with former Tennessee star Candace Parker, whose two dunks in NCAA tournament play had been the most.
Destiny Williams added 18 points on 9-for-10 shooting for the top-seeded Lady Bears (37-0), who play second-seeded Tennessee in the Des Moines Regional final on Monday night with the winner advancing to the Final Four.
No. 2 TENNESSEE 84, No. 11 KANSAS 73
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Meighan Simmons scored 22 points off the bench and Tennessee rallied to beat Kansas and advance to its second straight regional final.
Glory Johnson added 18 points for the Lady Vols (27-8).
The Lady Vols trailed by as many as 14 in the first half, but they cut it to five by the break. Tennessee took the lead for good with a 19-9 run to open the second half, and Simmons had 16 points in the final 20 minutes.
Angel Goodrich had 23 points and Aishah Sutherland 19 for Kansas (21-13), which fell to 0-3 in regional semifinals.
DUKE 74, ST. JOHN'S 47
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Shay Selby took charge in the second half to finish with 18 points and seven assists, leading Duke over St. John's in the regional semifinals.
Chelsea Gray scored 13 points and Tricia Liston had 15 for the second-seeded Blue Devils (25-5) in what became a surprising rout. Duke moved within one win of its first Final Four since 2006 and will play top-seeded Stanford.
Selby had five points and two assists in the opening 4:55 of the second half and knocked down a 3-pointer that built Duke's lead to 49-29. She also had four steals.
Da'Shena Stevens scored 19 points in her final game for No. 3 seed St. John's (24-10), which didn't have another player with more than six points.
STANFORD 76, SOUTH CAROLINA 60
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Nnemkadi Ogwumike scored 39 points and had 10 rebounds in Stanford NCAA regional semifinal victory.
Now, Duke is all that stands in the way of a trip to Denver and Stanford's fifth straight Final Four.
Ogwumike shot 14 for 22 and made 11 of 12 free throws, and Toni Kokenis added 12 points and seven boards as the Cardinal (34-1) ran their school-record winning streak to 31 games with a hard-fought victory.
Markeshia Grant scored 14 points and made four 3-pointers and La'Keisha Sutton had 18 for scrappy South Carolina (25-10), the No. 5 seed that hung tough in its first regional semifinals since 2002 despite a significant height disadvantage.
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