Penn State, Minnesota Advance To NCAA Regional Final

March 28, 2004

No. 1 Penn State Still Rolling After Win Over Notre Dame HARTFORD, Conn. - Top-seeded Penn State advanced to the East Regional final in the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament Saturday, with a 55-49 victory over No. 5 seed Notre Dame. The Lady Lions (28-5) were led by Jessica Brungo's 20 points, but All-American and Big Ten Player of the Year Kelly Mazzante took over the game late in the second half for Penn State. She finished with 17 points after hitting a floating jumper with 46 seconds and then recorded a steal to seal the win. The final six-point deficit was the largest for either team, as Saturday's game was close the whole way. Penn State held on to a narrow one-point lead at halftime, but was down by five with 16 minutes left, and trailed by two with nine minutes on the clock. Jacqueline Batteast led the Fighting Irish (21-11) with a double-double of 22 points and 12 rebounds. Penn State will play second-seeded Connecticut on Monday at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN for a berth in the Final Four. MORE>>> -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Gophers On Their Way to First Ever Elite Eight NORFOLK, Va.- Minnesota continued its impressive run through the NCAA Tournament Sunday, upsetting No. 3 Boston College, 76-63. The Gophers will face No. 1 seed Duke on Tuesday night in the program's first ever trip to the regional finals. Janelle McCarville notched another double-double, with 25 points, 15 rebounds, and seven blocked shots. Fellow senior Lindsay Whalen added 15 points and a career high 10 assists. For Whalen, the game continued her impressive comeback from a hand injury that kept her out of Minnesota's final games, in addition to the Big Ten Tournament. Minnesota got off to a slow start, but bounced back in the first half behind an excellent defensive effort. Pam Bordon's squad took the lead on a three point bucket by Kelly Roysland midway through the period and never looked back. Four Gopher starters scored double-digit points, including McCarville, Whalen, Shannon Bolden (13), and Kadidja Andersson (11). BC's leading scorer Clare Droesch had 17 points. Minnesota (24-8) will tip-off against Duke on Tuesday night in Norfolk, Va. >>MORE -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Purdue Upset in Sweet 16 by Georgia, 66-64 SEATTLE, Wash. - Purdue's season came to an end Saturday night, as the Georgia Bulldogs capped off a last-minute rally with a game-winning shot with 5.4 seconds left to win 66-64 in the NCAA West Regional semifinals. Purdue's Erika Valek couldn't complete a layup at the buzzer to send the game into overtime, after Georgia's Alexis Kendrick's knocked down the game-winning jumper on the prior possession. Janese Hardrick netted 17 points to help the No. 3 seed Bulldogs (25-9) advance to the regional final Monday night against SEC foe LSU (26-7), which beat top-seeded Texas 71-55. Georgia's Christi Thomas recorded a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds in the win. The Bulldogs led 43-34 at halftime, but No. 2 seed Purdue answered with a 22-10 run over the first 10 minutes of the second half to take the lead 56-53. There were three ties and four lead changes in the final 10 minutes. Purdue (29-4) led 64-61 with just under two minutes to go, after Hardrick was whistled for a technical foul, but the Bulldogs answered in the final minute of play for the win. MORE>>>