LEONARD PROPELS BUFFS IN WNIT
brookings, s.d.» Sophomore guard Kennedy Leonard scored 29 points in a tremendous allaround effort to lead Colorado to an 81-75 overtime victory against South Dakota State on Sunday in the second round of the WNIT.
Leonard added eight assists, seven rebounds and two steals for the Buffs (17-15), who travel to Iowa for a third-round game Thursday. Senior forward Haley Smith scored 21 points for the Buffs, who played without sophomore starting guard Alexis Robinson, who suffered an injured knee last week in practice.
The Jackrabbits (23-9) were led by Ellie Thompson’s 20 points. Rams eliminated in WNIT B fort collins» Ellen Nystrom scored 18 points in her final game for Colorado State, which lost 58-57 to UC Davis (25-7) in the WNIT’s second round.
CSU, which also got 12 points apiece from Elin Gustavsson and Sofie Tryggedsson, finished 25-9.
In the Stockton Region: A’ja Wilson scored 21 points, including the put back that gave No. 1 South Carolina the lead for good and the free throws that sealed it, to help the No. 1 seed Gamecocks beat No. 8 Arizona
In the Lexington Region: The No. 1 seed needed overtime, but Notre Dame moved on to the Sweet 16 after an 88-82 victory over No. 9 Purdue. Irish AllAmerican Brianna Turner sat out the rest of the game after going down with an apparent left knee injury in the first half. … Brooke McCarty scored 23 points and No. 3 Texas got a put-back basket from Joyner Holmes with 4 seconds left to the send the Longhorns to the Sweet 16 for the third year in a row with an 84-80 win over No.
6 North Carolina State. … Tori McCoy scored six straight points midway through the fourth quarter to help No. 5 Ohio State withstand No. 4 Kentucky’s furious rally from a 19-point second-half deficit and escape with an 82-68 win. In the Bridgeport Region: Destiny Slocum nailed a 70-foot shot to cap a pivotal second quarter for No. 3 Maryland, and the Terrapins went on to defeat No.
6 West Virginia 83-56. In the Oklahoma City Region: Blair Schaefer scored 18 points, Jazzmun Holmes added 14 and
No. 2 Mississippi State beat No. 7 DePaul 92-71.