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Texas moves on to Sweet 16 over NC State 84-80
March 19, 2017
Texas (25-8) had to overcome a 31-point scoring effort by Wolfpack senior guard Miah Spencer, who fouled out with 1:03 to play. Tori McCoy scored six straight points midway through the fourth quarter to help Ohio State withstand host Kentucky’s furious rally from a 19-point second-half deficit and escape. McCoy finished with 14 points and a team-high 12 rebounds and Shayla Cooper scored 15 for the Buckeyes, who committed a season-low six turnovers. Makayla Epps had 21 points and Evelyn Akhator had 14 points with a career-high 23 rebounds in their final games for Kentucky (22-11), which had sought its second consecutive Sweet 16 berth at home. Destiny Slocum nailed a 70-foot shot to cap a pivotal second quarter for host Maryland, and the Terrapins went on to defeat West Virginia. Brionna Jones had 22 points and 11 rebounds, Slocum scored 21 and Shatori Walker-Kimbrough added 19 for third-seeded Maryland (32-3), which will next face the winner of Monday’s game between No. 2 seed Duke and Oregon. After opening with a 23-4 run, the Terrapins gave up two straight baskets — the last with 4 seconds left — before Slocum reared back with both hands behind her head and launched a shot from just outside the opposite arc that hit nothing but net.