Michigan State and Minnesota Advance in NCAA Tournament
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.
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.
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.