70-foot shot pro­pels Terps

Mary­land rolls in sec­ond quar­ter to beat West Vir­ginia.

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Des­tiny Slocum nailed a 70-foot shot to cap a piv­otal sec­ond quar­ter and third­seeded Mary­land de­feated No. 6 West Vir­ginia 83-56 in Col­lege Park, Md.

The Ter­rap­ins (32-3) outscored the Moun­taineers 26-8 in the sec­ond quar­ter and car­ried the mo­men­tum into the third quar­ter, us­ing a 12-1 spurt to build the mar­gin to 23 points.

Not long af­ter that, the Big Ten cham­pi­ons cel­e­brated a vic­tory that thrust them into the Sweet 16 for the fifth time in six years.

“On a scale of 1 to 100, to­day was 100,” Mary­land coach Brenda Frese said.

Teana Muldrow led West Vir­ginia (24-11) with 16 points. Lead­ing scorer Tyn­ice Martin was held to 10 points.

Bri­onna Jones had 22 points and 11 re­bounds, Slocum scored 21 and Sha­tori Walker-Kim­brough added 19 for third-seeded Mary­land (32-3), which will next face the win­ner of to­day’s game be­tween No. 2 seed Duke and Ore­gon.

Mis­sis­sippi State 92, DePaul 71: Mis­sis­sippi State’s role play­ers have be­come stars and the stars are of­ten role play­ers. Bull­dogs’ coach Vic Schae­fer saw a 29-win team that was strug­gling on of­fense go­ing into the NCAA Tour­na­ment and blew up the play­ing ro­ta­tion in midMarch. The re­sults, at least so far, have been fan­tas­tic.

Blair Schae­fer scored 18 points, Jazzmun Holmes added 14 and Mis­sis­sippi State (31-4) pushed past DePaul 92-71 on Sun­day in the sec­ond round of the NCAA Tour­na­ment in Starkville, Miss.

Schae­fer and Holmes were two who rarely played at times dur­ing Jan­uary and Fe­bru­ary. Now they’re the two main rea­sons Mis­sis­sippi State is go­ing to the Sweet 16 for the sec­ond straight sea­son.

Do­minique Dilling­ham, who had started 19 straight games be­fore the NCAA Tour­na­ment and is now com­ing off the bench, said no one is ques­tion­ing their coach’s logic. Dilling­ham added 10 points and two steals on Sun­day.

“He’s not crazy,” Dilling­ham said. “I think we have 10 starters. Any­one could start. We’re re­ally deep.”

Sec­ond-seeded Mis­sis­sippi State used a 14-0 run in the mid­dle of the third quar­ter to turn a tight game into a 61-43 ad­van­tage.

DePaul, the seven seed, scored the next seven points to cut the lead to 61-50 by the end of the third quar­ter, but Mis­sis­sippi State re­sponded with the first eight points of the fourth quar­ter to put the game out of reach.

Six Mis­sis­sippi State play­ers scored in dou­ble fig­ures. Vic­to­ria Vi­vians, Chinwe Oko­rie and Bre­anna Richard­son all scored 12 points.

Ohio State 82, Ken­tucky 68: Tori McCoy scored six straight points mid­way through the fourth quar­ter to help Ohio State with­stand Ken­tucky’s fu­ri­ous rally from a 19-point sec­ond-half deficit and es­cape with an 82-68 sec­ond-round NCAA Tour­na­ment vic­tory Sun­day.

The fourth-seeded Wild­cats (22-11) trailed 50-31 early in third but closed to 65-64 with 6:04 re­main­ing. The fifth-seeded Buck­eyes an­swered with eight straight points be­hind McCoy.

Ohio State (28-6) held on from there to earn its sec­ond straight Sweet 16 ap­pear­ance in the Lex­ing­ton Re­gional next week at Rupp Arena.

Ken­tucky shot just 30 per­cent in the first half and 34 per­cent over­all. The Buck­eyes have shot at least 45 per­cent in eight of their last 11 games.

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