70-foot shot propels Terps
Maryland rolls in second quarter to beat West Virginia.
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.