LEONARD PRO­PELS BUFFS IN WNIT

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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.

NCAA TOUR­NA­MENT

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

State 71-68.

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.

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