Duke women follow men out of tournament


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Both Duke basketball teams are done.

The Blue Devils women followed the men's team out of the NCAA tournament early after they were upset.

The Duke women were stunned by DePaul, 74-65, in the second round Monday night at Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, N.C. -- three days after the men were bounced in their opener by Mercer.

Injury-depleted Duke -- which had 21 turnovers -- became the first No. 2 seed to lose in the second round since Xavier was beaten by Louisville in 2011.

Duke (28-7) led for only 12 seconds and became the first top-four seed to lose in the tournament.

Elizabeth Williams scored 12 points and blocked seven shots. Seniors Haley Peters and Tricia Liston each added 11 in their final game at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

The Blue Devils had made four consecutive appearances in the regional finals and coach Joanne P. McCallie wasn't terribly pleased about being placed in the same bracket as No. 1 overall seed Connecticut.

That's not a concern anymore.

"They were on top of our ballhandlers, and we didn't handle it very well," Peters said.

"We just got a little bit rattled, I think, by how aggressive and how much pressure they put on us."

DePaul hit a season-high 14 3-pointers, and seven of them came immediately after baskets by the Blue Devils.

"We have the greenish green light," guard Brittany Hrynko said. "He doesn't mind us taking 3s. He said as long as we take them, we have to defend and rebound.'"

Megan Rogowski scored 22 points with six 3s, Megan Podkowa added 18 points and Hrynko had 14 for the seventh-seeded Blue Demons (29-6).

"It has to absolutely be the biggest win for this group of young women this season," coach Doug Bruno said of a team that has won 18 of 19 and earned its third appearance in the Round of 16.

DePaul will play James Madison or Texas A&M in the Lincoln Region semifinals.

Jasmine Penny added 11 points for DePaul. The Big East Conference champs were coming off a 104-100 win against Oklahoma in the first round, the highest-scoring regulation game in tournament history.

They joined Connecticut, Notre Dame and North Carolina as teams to come into Cameron this year and beat the Blue Devils.

More Lincoln Region

  • BYU 80, Nebraska 76: Morgan Bailey tied her career high with 18 points, Jennifer Hamson had 15 points and 14 rebounds, and BYU (28-6) held on to beat Nebraska (26-7) in Los Angeles.

Notre Dame Region

  • Notre Dame 84, Arizona State 67: Natalie Achonwa had 25 points and 11 rebounds, and top-seeded Notre Dame (34-0) pulled away in the second half for a victory against ninth-seeded Arizona State (23-10) in Toledo, Ohio.
  • Kentucky 64, Syracuse 59: Bria Goss scored 17 points and third-seeded Kentucky (26-8) held off No. 6 seed Syracuse (23-10), 64-59, in Lexington. Goss went 11 of 12 from the free-throw line.
  • Baylor 76, California 56: Odyssey Sims scored 27 points in her final home game and Baylor (31-4) advanced to its sixth consecutive NCAA Sweet 16, taking over in the second half for a victory against California (22-10) in Waco, Texas.
  • Oklahoma State 73, Purdue 66: Brittney Martin had 20 points and 20 rebounds to lead No. 5 Oklahoma State (25-8) past No. 4 Purdue (22-9) in West Layfayette, Ind.

Stanford Region

  • Stanford 63, Florida State 44: Chiney Ogwumike had 21 points and nine rebounds, and Stanford (31-3) broke open the game with a 30-2 run spanning the halves in a victory against Florida State (21-12) in Ames, Iowa.

Louisville Region

  • Tennessee 67, St. John's 51: Cierra Burdick had 21 points and 11 rebounds as Tennessee (29-5) relied on its smothering defense to pull away from St. John's (23-11) for a victory in Knoxville.

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