Plum bows out with Huskies

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By The As­so­ci­ated Press

ok­la­homa city» It didn’t mat­ter that Mis­sis­sippi State cen­ter Teaira McCowan had scored only six points en­ter­ing the fourth quar­ter.

Her team­mates told her to take over — and she lis­tened. She scored 20 of her ca­reer-high 26 points in the fourth quar­ter, and the Bull­dogs de­feated the Wash­ing­ton Huskies 75-64 on Fri­day night to ad­vance to the Elite Eight for the first time.

“They said, ‘T, you’ve got to dom­i­nate,’ ” McCowan said. “Just tak­ing that in, lis­ten­ing to my team­mates, know­ing I had to step up, take my team, like, fur­ther. That’s when I had the look in my eye like, ‘No­body can stop you.’ ”

McCowan, a 6-foot-7 sopho­more who en­tered the game av­er­ag­ing just over eight points per game, made 9-of-10 shots in the fi­nal 10 min­utes. She scored 11 points in the first 2:33 of the fourth quar­ter to turn a two-point deficit into a seven-point lead for the sec­ond-seeded Bull­dogs.

Wash­ing­ton star Kelsey Plum, the NCAA’s all-time lead­ing scorer, poured in 29 points on 10-for-25 shoot­ing in her fi­nal col­lege game.

Notre Dame 99, Ohio State 76 B

lex­ing­ton, ky.» Arike Ogun­bowale scored a ca­reer-high 32 points and Lind­say Allen added 16 as No. 1 Notre Dame routed No. 5 Ohio State in the Sweet 16.

Play­ing five days af­ter los­ing star for­ward Bri­anna Turner to a sea­son-end­ing knee in­jury, the top-seeded Fight­ing Ir­ish posted their third-high­est out­put this sea­son.

Bay­lor 97, Louisville 63

B ok­la­homa city» Nina Davis scored 21 points to help No. 1 Bay­lor de­feat No. 4 Louisville to ad­vance to the Elite Eight.

The Bears held fourth­seeded Louisville to 30 per­cent shoot­ing.

Stan­ford 77, Texas 66 B

lex­ing­ton, ky.» Erica McCall had 23 points and 12 re­bounds, Kar­lie Sa­muel­son scored 15 points and No. 2 Stan­ford out­lasted No. 3 Texas to reach the Lex­ing­ton Re­gion fi­nal of the NCAA Tour­na­ment.

The Car­di­nal held Texas to 33 per­cent shoot­ing and led 54-49 to start the fourth quar­ter.

Wash­ing­ton se­nior guard Kelsey Plum tries to score Fri­day night against Mis­sis­sippi State dur­ing a Sweet 16 game in Ok­la­homa City. Sue Ogrocki, The As­so­ci­ated Press

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