March Madness 2022 scores: NCAA Women's Tournament second round sees South Dakota, Creighton reach Sweet 16
South Dakota upset Baylor and Creighton stunned Iowa in a wild day of second-round action
Round 1 of the 2022 Women's NCAA Tournament brought a little bit of everything: huge victories like South Carolina's 79-21 dismantling of Howard, upsets such as Belmont's thrilling double-overtime win over Oregon and incredible individual performances like Virginia Tech center Elizabeth Kitley's 42 points in 33 minutes against FGCU. The stakes and excitement were ratcheted up in the second round
No. 10 seed Creighton upset No. 2 Iowa in the first game of the day, and fellow No. 10 seed South Dakota followed suit by toppling No. 2 Baylor in shocking fashion. Two 11-seeds (Villanova and Princeton), and two 12-seeds (Florida Gulf Coast and Belmont) are all still alive. This is only the sixth time in the women's tournament's history in which two 12-seeds advanced to the second round in the same year.
But the lower-seeded teams aren't the only ones making headlines this tournament. No. 1 seeds South Carolina, Stanford and Louisville all picked up wins and are headed to the Sweet 16.
- No. 10 seed Creighton stunned No. 2 seed Iowa in Sunday's first game, winning 64-62 in Iowa City to advance to its first ever Sweet 16. Iowa transfer Lauren Jansen was dominant in the game's final minutes, scoring nine of the Blue Jays' final 10 points including the go-ahead 3-pointer with 12.6 seconds remaining.
- Another No. 10 seed in South Dakota accounted for the second huge upset of the day, as the Coyotes shocked No. 2 Baylor 61-47 in Waco to end the Bears' Sweet 16 streak at 12 straight tournaments. The Coyotes rode their stellar defense to a 16-4 lead after the first quarter and never looked back, bringing the squad to its first ever Sweet 16.
- No. 1 overall seed South Carolina's defensive dominance was on full display in the Gamecocks' 49-33 win over No. 8 seed Miami. Gamecocks star Aliyah Boston struggled offensively, but still registered her 26th straight double double with 10 points and 16 rebounds.
- No. 1 seed Louisville used a strong third-quarter performance and some solid defense to get past No. 9 seed Gonzaga and earn a ticket to the Sweet 16 round. Sophomore guard Hailey Van Lith registered a game-high 21 points.
- Stanford, the reigning national champion, rolled past No. 8 seed Kansas with a 91-65 victory behind a 36-point performance by senior guard Lexie Hull. The No. 1 seed Cardinal is set to take No. 4 seed Maryland on Friday's Sweet 16 round.
Women's NCAA Tournament second round TV schedule, scores
(10) Creighton 64, (2) Iowa 62 | Greensboro Region
(10) South Dakota 61, (2) Baylor 47 | Wichita Region
(2) Maryland 89, (12) Florida Gulf Coast 65 | Spokane Region
(1) Louisville 68, (9) Gonzaga 59 | Wichita Region
(1) South Carolina 49, (8) Miami 33 | Greensboro Region
(3) Iowa State 67, (6) Georgia 44 | Greensboro Region
(2) Texas 78, (7) Utah 56 | Spokane Region
(1) Stanford 91, (8) Kansas 65 | Spokane Region
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Final: Stanford 91, Kansas 65
Stanford has not missed a Sweet Sixteen since 2007, and that streak continues as the defending champion took a dominating victory over No. 8 seed Kansas. Senior guard Lexie Hull took over with a career-high 36 points for the No. 1 seed Cardinal, going 6-of-11 from three-point range. She also added six rebounds, three assists and six steals. Kansas competed and was only down two points entering halftime, but Stanford came out strong in the third quarter and never lost control. Up next, the No. 1 seed Cardinal will take on No. 4 seed Maryland on Friday.
Final: Iowa State 67, Georgia 44
No. 3 Iowa State moves on to the Sweet Sixteen with a solid win over No. 6 Georgia. Four Cyclones scored in double digits led by sophomore guard Lexi Donarski's 20 points, which included 4-of-9 shooting from beyond the arc. Zone defense, something the Cyclones don't do very often, was key to frustrating the Lady Bulldogs. This is the first time since 2000 that both the men's and women's Iowa State teams make it into the Sweet 16 round.
Halftime: Stanford 33, Kansas 31
The No 8 seed Jayhawks made five of their last eight field goal attempts to make it a close game at the half. No. 1 seed Stanford reached the break with a two-point lead thanks to a jumper by senior guard Lexie Hull with under a minute remaining. Hull leads all scorers with 11 points and four steals. Stanford is outshooting Kansas 50%-40% from the field.
Final: Louisville 68, Gonzaga 59
The No. 1 seed Cardinals found a 14-0 lead early in the game and used a strong defensive effort to stop the No. 9 Bulldogs from catching up. Gonzaga tried and was only down by four points at halftime, but Louisville pulled away in the third quarter. Sophomore guard Hailey Van Lith led the winning offense with a 21-point performance. Senior forward Emily Engstler contributed with a double double of 12 points and 11 rebounds.
Halftime Iowa State 37, Georgia 18
The No. 3 seed Cyclones have taken over this game as the No. 6 Lady Bulldogs struggle in the offense shooting 25.8% from the field. Sophomore guard Emily Ryan leads Iowa State with 13 points going 5-of-9 from the field. Teammate Lexi Donarski follows with 11 points going 3-of-6.
South Dakota didn't bust the last CBS Sports Bracket Challenge entry, but 87% of Bracket Challenge entries had Baylor in the Sweet 16.
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Final: South Dakota 61, Baylor 47
No. 10 South Dakota pulled off the upset against No. 2 seed Baylor behind center Hannah Sjerven's 15 points, four rebounds, four steals and one block. She was part of a solid Coyote defense that held Baylor star NaLyssa Smith to 4-of-11 shooting and only 10 points, when she typically averages 22.5 points per game. The Coyotes started the game 11-0 and never gave up control. This will be South Dakota's first ever Sweet Sixteen appearance, while Baylor had not missed it since 2008.