NCAA roundup: West Virginia women stunned at LSU

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Danielle Ballard had 22 points and 15 rebounds as seventh-seeded LSU overcame a late seven-point deficit, as well as foul trouble, to upset No. 2 seed West Virgina, 76-67, in the second round of the NCAA tournament Tuesday night in Baton Rouge, La.

Playing the final 12 minutes with four fouls, Shanece McKiney had 13 points, 7 rebounds and 5 blocks, while DaShawn Harden added 12 points for LSU (21-12), which advanced to the Sweet 16 for a second consecutive season -- both times with a second-round upset on its home court.

Holding a 63-56 lead with 5:05 left, West Virginia was on the verge of winning the first second-round NCAA game in program history, but LSU went on a decisive 16-2 run. Asya Bussie had 21 points and Bria Holmes 12 for West Virginia (30-5), which fell to 0-8 all time in the second round.

Lincoln Region

* Connecticut 91, Saint Joseph's 52: Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis had the third triple-double in program history as top-ranked, top-seeded Connecticut moved into its 21st consecutive NCAA regional semifinal with a rout of Saint Joseph's. Mosqueda-Lewis had 20 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists to lead five players in double figures for the undefeated Huskies (36-0), who won their 42nd game in a row. Erin Shields and Sarah Fairbanks each had 12 points for Saint Joseph's (23-10). Connecticut will face 12th-seeded BYU Saturday in Lincoln, Neb. The Cougars upset Nebraska in the second round, sparing the Huskies a date with the Cornhuskers on their home court.

* Texas A&M 85, James Madison 69: Courtney Williams scored 23 points and Karla Gilbert added 20 with 15 rebounds to help No. 3 seed Texas A&M (26-8) beat No. 11 James Madison (29-6). The victory sent the host Aggies to the round of 16 for the sixth time and their first since 2012. They missed reaching the third round last season after losing to Nebraska at home in this round.

Stanford Region

* North Carolina 62, Michigan State 53: Freshman Diamond DeShields had 24 points and a season-high 12 rebounds to help North Carolina (26-9) beat visiting Michigan State (23-10) in the second round. Fellow rookie Allisha Gray added 10 points for the fourth-seeded Tar Heels, who led by nine at halftime then dominated the opening minutes of the second half to turn the game into a rout.

*South Carolina 78, Oregon State 69: Aleighsa Welch had 21 points and 11 rebounds, Tiffany Mitchell added 20 and 10 and top-seeded South Carolina (29-4) used its size and athleticism to overwhelm No. 9 seed Oregon State (24-11) in Seattle and advance to face North Carolina in the Sweet 16.

Louisville Region

* Maryland 69, Texas 64: Alyssa Thomas scored all 16 of her points in the second half and host Maryland squeezed past cold-shooting No. 5 seed Texas (22-12) to reach the Sweet 16 for the third consecutive year. The fourth-seeded Terrapins (26-6) next face Tennessee, the No. 1 seed in the Louisville Region. Maryland is 23-8 in the tournament under coach Brenda Frese and has reached the round of 16 in six of her 12 seasons at the helm.

*Louisville 83, Iowa 53: Shoni Schimmel had 26 points, 7 assists and 5 steals to help third-seeded Louisville thump host Iowa to earn its fifth trip to the Sweet Sixteen under coach Jeff Walz. Antonita Slaughter added 17 points on five 3-pointers for the Cardinals (32-4), who advanced to Sunday's regional semifinal at home. Freshman Ally Disterhoft had 15 points for No. 6 Iowa (27-9).


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