Webb lifts LSU women to upset of Penn State, 71-66
Adrienne Webb pumped a fist in the air as she was lifted up by
teammate Theresa Plaisance, basking in the wild cheers of the
heavily pro-LSU crowd.
With the best shooting night of her career and a relentless
effort on defense, the feisty senior guard helped send LSU through
to the regional semifinals for the first time since 2008.
Webb scored a career-high 29 points, including two crucial free
throws with 22 seconds left, and LSU upset third-seeded Penn State
71-66 in the second round of the NCAA tournament on Tuesday
”I had to play my hardest in (potentially) our last game,
because it’s do or die,” said Webb, who also defended Big Ten
player of the year Maggie Lucas and helped hold her to 2-for-10
shooting. ”I really had to assert myself.”
Bianca Lutley overcame foul trouble and scored 18 points,
including a tough floater in traffic in the final minute to give
LSU the lead and added another key free throw to make it a
four-point game with 8.3 seconds to go.
Webb was 10 of 16 in what would have been her last game had No.
6 seed LSU (22-11) lost. Instead, she carried LSU to a Spokane
Regional semifinal against California on a night when the Lady
Tigers had only seven available players.
”Adrienne Webb is one of hardest-working players I’ve ever
coached,” LSU coach Nikki Caldwell said. ”Her competitive spirit
on the defensive end allowed her to really have the attitude you
have to have when you face a player like Lucas.”
”Her mental toughness is something she has fostered throughout
the offseason,” Caldwell added. ”So she’s been training for this
type of game, this type of environment, this type of
Nikki Greene had 16 points and 16 rebounds, and Alex Bentley
scored 14 for Penn State (26-6), whose loss meant all four No. 3
seeds were out of the tournament. It’s the first time in a decade
that none of the four third-seeded teams made it to the Sweet
In Tuesday’s other games:
OKLAHOMA CITY REGIONAL
BAYLOR 85, FLORIDA STATE 47
WACO, Texas (AP) – Brittney Griner provided a most appropriate
goodbye in her final home game for Baylor: a trio of dunks and
Griner had 33 points and a career-high 22 rebounds to go with
her three highlight dunks to lead the defending national champions
With former President George W. Bush in the crowd packed into
the Ferrell Center to bid Griner farewell, the 6-foot-8 two-time
The top-seeded Lady Bears (34-1) are in the round of 16 for the
fourth year in a row. They play Louisville on Sunday in the
semifinals of the Oklahoma City Regional.
Leonor Rodriguez scored 11 for No. 8 seed Florida State
LOUISVILLE 76, PURDUE 63
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – Sara Hammond had 21 points and 10
rebounds to help Louisville advance to the round of 16 for the
second time in three years and fourth time in six years.
With men’s coach Rick Pitino watching from the stands, Antonita
Slaughter scored 14 of her 16 points in the first half for the
fifth-seeded Cardinals (26-8).
Sam Ostarello had 16 points and 12 rebounds for the
fourth-seeded Boilermakers (25-9), who had a five-game winning
streak snapped and have lost in the second round three straight
DELAWARE 78, NORTH CAROLINA 69
NEWARK, Del. (AP) – Elena Delle Donne scored 33 points in her
final home game, and Delaware rallied past foul-plagued North
Carolina to advance to the round of 16 for the first time in school
The sixth-seeded Blue Hens (32-3) trailed 50-42 with 15:31 left
before coming back to extend their school-record winning streak to
27 games and eliminate No. 3 seed North Carolina (29-7). Delaware
will travel to Connecticut to face second-seeded Kentucky in the
Bridgeport Regional semifinals Saturday.
Vice President Joe Biden was among those in the second straight
sellout crowd at Delaware’s compact arena.
Waltiea Rolle scored 23 points for the Tar Heels, but the
6-foot-6 senior was in foul trouble for much of the second half and
finally picked up her fifth with 4:08 left.
KENTUCKY 84, DAYTON 70
NEW YORK (AP) – A’dia Mathies followed the worst game of her
career with one of her best, matching a personal high with 34
points to lead second-seeded Kentucky over seventh-seeded
With Kentucky (29-5) clinging to a 46-44 advantage early in the
second half, Mathies scored 10 points during a 16-3 run to help the
Wildcats take control.
Andrea Hoover scored 22 points to lead the Flyers (28-3), who
got no closer than eight the rest of the way to end the best season
in school history.
NOTRE DAME 74, IOWA 57
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – Kayla McBride scored a career-high 28
points and top-seeded Notre Dame extended its school-record winning
streak to 28 games.
Skylar Diggins had 16 points for the Fighting Irish (33-1).
The Fighting Irish will play 12th-seeded Kansas in the regional
semifinals in Norfolk, Va., on Sunday.
Bethany Doolittle had 16 points for No. 9 seed Iowa (21-13),
which went 0 for 11 from 3-point range and had 21 turnovers.
DUKE 68, OKLAHOMA STATE 59
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) – Elizabeth Williams had 16 points and 12
rebounds, and Duke rallied for the victory.
Haley Peters added 15 points and 13 rebounds, while Tricia
Liston scored eight of her 13 in the final 6-plus minutes and Chloe
Wells also finished with 13 points for the second-seeded Blue
Devils (32-2). They advance to face sixth-seeded Nebraska in the
regional semifinals Sunday.
Liz Donohoe had 14 points to lead Oklahoma State (22-11), which
led for nearly all of the first 35 minutes, but had 21 turnovers
and shot just 2 of 14 over the final 9 1/2 minutes.
STANFORD 73, MICHIGAN 40
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) – Joslyn Tinkle made a career-high five
3-pointers on the way to 21 points in her final home game at Maples
Pavilion, and top-seeded Stanford used a spectacular perimeter
shooting performance to rout No. 8 seed Michigan and reach the
Chiney Ogwumike added 12 points and 15 rebounds for the Cardinal
(33-2), who won their 19th straight game to set up a matchup with
fourth-seeded Georgia on Saturday.
Jenny Ryan scored 11 points in her final college game to lead
Michigan (22-11), which matched its second-lowest scoring output