Michigan State and Minnesota Advance in NCAA Tournament

Emily Fox had 23 points in Minnesota's win over Notre Dame on Sunday.

Emily Fox had 23 points in Minnesota's win over Notre Dame on Sunday.

March 22, 2009

 

FIRST ROUND GAMES

No. 9 Michigan State 60, No. 8 Middle Tennessee 59: Michigan State stymied the nation's leading scorer just in time.

Alysha Clark scored 34 points but none in the last 11-plus minutes and fouled out with 1 1/2 minutes left. That gave the ninth-seeded Spartans the boost they needed for a 60-59 win over No. 8 seed Middle Tennessee on Sunday in the NCAA tournament's first round.

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No. 10 Minnesota 79, No. 7 Notre Dame 71: Behind 23 points from Emily Fox and five huge three-pointers from Katie Ohm, the No. 10 seeded Golden Gophers upset No. 7 seed and host Notre Dame, 79-71, on Sunday in South Bend. Minnesota (20-11) advances to face No. 2 seed Texas A&M, an 80-45 winner over No. 15 seed Evansville.

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No. 9 Georgia Tech 76, No. 8 Iowa 62: Georgia Tech's quickness and athleticism was more than enough to overcome Iowa's home-court advantage.

Jacqua Williams scored 23 points and 6-foot-5 freshman Sasha Goodlett came up big in her NCAA tournament debut with 16 points and 13 rebounds, leading Georgia Tech to a 76-62 first-round victory over Iowa on Sunday night.

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