Penn State, Minnesota Move on Postseason Tournaments

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NCAA Tournament Results
Penn State 85, UTEP 77
BATON ROUGE, La. - The No. 4 seed Penn State Lady Lions (25-6, 13-3) advanced to the NCAA Second Round with a 85-77 victory against No. 13 seed UTEP (29-4, 15-1 C-USA) Sunday evening. With the win, Penn State posts back-to-back 25-win seasons for the first time since 2002-03 and 2003-04.The Lady Lions will now face No. 5 seed LSU in the Second Round Tuesday at 9:30 p.m. (ET). The victory came with a balanced attack that saw four players reach double figures, led by Maggie Lucas' (Narberth, Pa.) 23 points. It is the 17th 20-point performance of the season for Lucas. The Lady Lions advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the second-straight year. Penn State is now 14-3 in NCAA First Round action and 28-22 overall in tournament play. RECAP

California 84, Iowa 74
NOTRE DAME, Ind. -- The string of tough draws in the NCAA Tournament continued for head coach Lisa Bluder's University of Iowa women's basketball team. It turned out that the matchup with the eighth-seeded California Golden Bears was as difficult as anticipated and the ninth-seeded Hawkeyes fell Sunday, 84-74, in Purcell Pavillion. The Hawkeyes trailed by double-digits for much of the second half, but a senior-led charge brought Iowa back to within striking distance late in the game. Senior Kelly Krei started the comeback by hitting two free throws to cut the deficit to 12 points with 2:55 left. On Iowa's next possession, senior Kamille Wahlin drove to the basket for a layup and followed with a 3-pointer on the next possession to bring the score to 78-71 with 1:35 left to play. Krei then knocked down another 3-pointer with 1:14 left that brought the Hawkeyes the closest they had been in the second half at 80-74. However, Iowa was unable to convert in the final minute and time ran out on the Hawkeyes. RECAP

Oklahoma 88, Michigan 67
NORMAN, Okla. -- The 11th-seeded University of Michigan women's basketball team's second-half comeback hopes were spoiled by sixth-seeded University of Oklahoma. U-M was made up some ground but was held off down the final stretch by the Sooners, 88-67, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament tonight (Sunday, March 18) inside Lloyd Noble Center. The Wolverines were led by four players in double digits, including senior guard Carmen Reynolds (Hilliard, Ohio/Davidson), scoring a team- and season-high 20 points. Reynolds scored 15 points from three-point range connecting 5-of-7. Junior Kate Thompson (Plymouth, Minn./Wayzata) contributed 15 points and six rebounds coming off the bench. Senior guard Courtney Boylan (Chaska, Minn./Chaska) and junior forward Sam Arnold (Medinah, Ill./Lake Park) also netted double figures with 12 and 11 points, respectively. Junior guard Jenny Ryan (Saginaw, Mich./Nouvel Catholic Central) halued in a team best, eight boards. RECAP

Kansas 57, Nebraska 49
Little Rock - Senior Kaitlyn Burke led four Huskers in double figures with 14 points, but the No. 17 Nebraska women's basketball team struggled through a cold shooting night in a 57-49 loss to Kansas in the NCAA Tournament first round at the Jack Stephens Center. Nebraska, which made its fourth NCAA Tournament appearance in the past four years, ended its season with a 24-9 record that included a 10-6 Big Ten mark. Kansas improved to 20-12 and will advance to face No. 3 seed Delaware in the second round Tuesday in Little Rock. Burke, playing her final game as a Husker, hit 7-of-9 shots from the field to lead sixth-seeded NU with 14 points and four assists in 33 minutes. Freshman Emily Cady added her third career double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds on 3-of-4 shooting from the field. The 6-2 forward from Seward, Neb., hit NU's lone three-pointer and went 3-for-3 from the line. RECAP

Florida 70, Ohio State 65
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (AP)- Jennifer George had 16 points and six rebounds to lead ninth-seeded Florida to a 70-65 win over eighth-seeded Ohio State in the Des Moines Regional on Sunday. The Gators (20-12) scored the game's first nine points and held on in front of a crowd packed with fans of the in-state Buckeyes (25-7). Tayler Hill scored 23 points for Ohio State, including two late baskets to pull the Buckeyes within two. Florida patiently worked the ball inside to George, who went up strong with her left hand and scored with 45 seconds to play. Emilee Harmon missed at the other end for the Buckeyes. Ohio State star Samantha Prahalis went scoreless in the second half and finished with nine points. She did, however, become just the second player in Division I history to record at least 2,000 career points and 900 assists. Ohio State made runs to cut the lead to 4, 3 and 2 late in the game. But everytime the Buckeyes made a run, Florida answered with either a three-pointer or a basket coming out of a timeout. Florida made nine 3-pointers on the day. RECAP

Women's Basketball Invitational Result
Minnesota 85, Bradley 59
A strong first half which saw the second-ranked Minnesota women's basketball team shoot .643 from the field, paced the Gophers to a 85-59 victory vs. No. 3-seed Bradley in the Women's Basketball Invitational (WBI) quarterfinals Sunday afternoon at Williams Arena. With the win, Pam Borton's squad improved to .500 on the year with a 17-17 record and advanced to the WBI Semifinals where it will face No. 8 seed Manhattan at Williams Arena Friday at 7:00 p.m. As a team, the Maroon and Gold shot a season-high .571, connecting on 28 of its 49 attempts in the game, while all players on the active roster were able to get quality minutes on the floor. RECAP

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