Michigan State powers its way to second round of NCAA Tournament

Michigan State's Liz Shimek led the Spartans to success in the team's first NCAA postseason game since last year's championship final versus Baylor.

Michigan State's Liz Shimek led the Spartans to success in the team's first NCAA postseason game since last year's championship final versus Baylor.

March 18, 2006

Michigan State 65, UW-Milwaukee 46
Liz Shimek took over in the second half and Michigan State took off. Shimek scored 17 of her 27 points in the final 20 minutes as the Spartans shook off a sluggish first half and pulled away from Wisconsin-Milwaukee for a 65-46 victory in their NCAA tournament opener Saturday.

Fourth-seeded Michigan State (23-9), which lost in the national championship game a year ago to Baylor, will face either Kentucky or Chattanooga in the second round of the Bridgeport Regional on Monday. Full Story

Washington 73, Minnesota 69
Kristen O'Neill scored four points in the final minute, including a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 56.6 seconds left, and Washington beat No. 25 Minnesota 73-69 Saturday. Ninth-seeded Washington, got its first NCAA tournament win since 2001, advances to play top-seeded LSU in the second round of the San Antonio Regional on Monday night.

It was an exceptionally close second half, with neither team leading by more than four points for the final 15:14. O'Neill's 3 snapped a 67-all tie. Minnesota had a chance to send the game into overtime trailing 71-69, but Brittney Davis turned the ball over on a drive with 5 seconds left. Full Story

BYU 67, Iowa 62
Ambrosia Anderson hit a baseline jumper and ran down the court with a huge grin on her face. This was the homecoming she had in mind.

Anderson scored 20 points and BYU used its post play early to open up the perimeter as the Cougars won their first NCAA tournament game in four years with a 67-62 victory over Iowa in the first round of the San Antonio Regional. Full Story