The Mercury News

Miami knocks off No. 1-seeded Indiana


Destiny Harden made a shot in the lane with 3.5 seconds left to send visiting ninth-seeded Miami past Greenville 2 Region top-seeded Indiana 70-68 on Monday night, lifting the Hurricanes to their first Sweet 16 since 1992.

The Hoosiers (28-4) became the second No. 1 seed to be eliminated in two nights after Stanford was upset Sunday on its home court. It's the second time since the bracket expanded to 64 teams in 1994 that two No. 1 seeds didn't make the Sweet 16. It also happened in 1998.

Harden finished with 18 points and Lola Pendande had 19 for the Hurricanes (21-12), who never trailed.

Indiana tied the score at 68 on Yarden Garzon's 3-pointer with 6.6 seconds left but couldn't get the defensive stop it needed and turned the ball over on the final possession to seal its only home loss of the season. NO. 4 VILLANOVA 76, NO. 12 FLORIDA GULF COAST 57 >> Maddy Siegrist scored 31 points and sent the winningest team in Wildcats history into the Sweet 16 for the second time in program history with a home win over the Eagles (33-4).

Villanova (30-6) won its record 30th game. Siegrist, the first-team AP All-American, made 13 of 24 shots in what was likely her final home game. The fouryear star has left some wiggle room that she could return for a fifth season, but all signs point toward her playing in the WNBA this summer.

The Wildcats are going to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2003.

Seattle 3 Region

NO. 3 OHIO ST. 71, NO. 6 NORTH

CAROLINA 69 >> Jacy Sheldon made a tiebreakin­g jumper in the lane with 1.8 seconds left to lift the host Buckeyes to a win over the Tar Heels and a second straight Sweet 16 appearance.

North Carolina had one final chance, but turned it over with a second to go.

Ohio State (27-7) saw its 12-point lead with 7:02 left erased as the Tar Heels went on a 13-2 run midway through the fourth quarter.

Trailing 66-65, Paulina Paris made a layup to give UNC (22-11) its first lead of the game with 2:09 left.

Sheldon scored to give the Buckeyes the lead back with 1:07 left. She added a free throw 29 seconds later for a two-point lead.

Deja Kelly, who finished with 22 points to lead North Carolina, hit a jumper to tie the game at 69 with 9 seconds left. NO. 4 TENNESSEE 94, NO. 12

TOLEDO 47 >> Reserves Sara Puckett and Jillian Hollingshe­ad led five Lady Vols in double figures with 13 points apiece in a victory over the visiting Rockets to advance to their second straight Sweet 16.

Tennessee (25-11) has reached the Sweet 16 for the 36th time as the only program to play in all 41 NCAA tournament­s.

Toledo (29-5) snapped a program record 17-game winning streak and missed out on its first Sweet 16.

Quinesha Lockett led Toledo with 19 points.

Seattle 4 Region

NO. 5 LOUISVILLE 73, NO. 4 TEXAS 51 >> Hailey Van Lith scored 21 points and the Cardinals rolled over the host Longhorns to make the Sweet 16 for the sixth time in a row.

Louisville (25-11) smothered Texas (26-10) and standout point guard Rori Harmon all night, stretching a 14-point halftime lead to 21 by end of the third quarter and as much as 27 early in the fourth.

Van Lith, Mykasa Robinson and Chrislyn Carr allowed Harmon three assists in the first quarter, but no more. She also had five turnovers before limping off late in the fourth with an apparent ankle injury.

 ?? DARRON CUMMINGS – THE ASSOCIATED PRESS) ?? Miami's Destiny Harden scored 18points in Monday night's 70-68upset victory over host Indiana in an NCAA tournament second-round game.
DARRON CUMMINGS – THE ASSOCIATED PRESS) Miami's Destiny Harden scored 18points in Monday night's 70-68upset victory over host Indiana in an NCAA tournament second-round game.

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