NCAAW Tournament: Hailey Van Lith clutch for Louisville Cardinals

Here’s Part 3 of our roundup of Saturday’s action:

No. 5 seed Louisville Cardinals over No. 12 seed Drake Bulldogs, 83-81

Drake stayed up to date with Lousiville in among the competition’s most well balanced and competitive video games, however stopped working to manage the upset, falling 83-81 in the first-round match. Louisville might never ever retreat and success was just protected when Drake’s Grace Berg missed out on a prospective game-tying 3 in the closing seconds of the 4th. Hailey Van Lith was a huge factor Lousiville keeps dancing: she had 26 points on 10-of-20 shooting. Guard Mykasa Robinson likewise had a huge video game with 14 points, 7 helps and 4 rebounds.

No. 5 seed Oklahoma Sooners over No. 12 seed Portland Pilots, 85-63

The 5 vs. 12 matches are well-known for upsets. Usually, an overrated middle-of-the-pack group from a huge conference versus a leading group from a smaller sized conference. That dish was there for Oklahoma vs. Portland, however Oklahoma showed they are legitimate. They controlled Portland from the dive and never ever took their foot off the gas, blowing them out by 18 points and, at one point, being up by as numerous as 27.

The Pilots had a hard time to start offensively, shooting 15 percent from 3 on 19 efforts, while Oklahoma shot 36 percent from deep and 41 percent from the field. The Oklahoma guards were simply excessive for Portland to manage as 4 of the 5 gamers in double digits from the Sooners were guards, consisting of Skylar Vann and Aubrey Jones, who did it coming off the bench. Oklahoma will now take on versus UCLA on Monday night.

No. 3 seed Duke Blue Devils over No. 14 seed Iona Gels, 89-49

How far can the Duke Blue Devils go? If Saturday is any sign, quite far. The Blue Devils played a near-perfect video game. They won the rebounding fight 43-14, won by 40 points and never ever routed. Duke had the ability to control while clearing off their bench. Ten gamers bet a minimum of 18 minutes and everybody saw the flooring for a minimum of a minute. Of the beginners, Celeste Taylor and Elizabeth Balogun both stood apart, scoring 13 points each, with Taylor shooting lights out from 3, going 3-of-4 on the night.

No. 4 seed Texas Longhorns over No. 13 seed East Carolina Pirates, 79-40

Texas shut the door on East Carolina in the 2nd quarter, outscoring the Pirates 22-9, and after that almost reproduced that accomplishment in the 3rd, winning the frame 21-9. East Carolina freshman feeling Amiya Joyner did her finest to secure the rim and produce (she ended the night with 10 points and 8 rebounds), however Texas was too effective from the field, shooting 54 percent as a group.

Shaylee Gonzales was marvelous for Texas. She led the group in minutes, points and takes. She did whatever however offer popcorn in the preliminary to guarantee Texas would advance. Rori Harmon continued to press the Longhorn offense together with 12 helps, one except her career-high. The focus and supremacy of the Longhorns was outstanding, and their approaching match versus Louisville is established to be a competitive and amusing video game.

No. 4 seed UCLA Bruins over No. 13 seed Sacramento State Hornets, 67-45

Maybe it was the home-court benefit for UCLA or the 23-10 very first quarter in the Bruins’ favor. Regardless, Sacramento State might not manage the distressed versus UCLA in this California face-off, losing 67-45.

Charisma Osborne is proficient at basketball.

Whenever the Bruins required a basket, Osborne appeared to be associated with the play. She had 11 points, 12 rebounds and 5 helps in her 31 minutes. Fellow starter Kiki Rice is likewise proficient at basketball and she showed it on Saturday night, shooting 54 percent from the field and leading the Bruins with 15 points. For Sacramento State, remaining in the huge dance itself was an achievement. As Saturday night showed, they have some work to do to stay up to date with a Pac-12 group like UCLA. The Hornets can be pleased with their look and junior forward Isnelle Natabou’s efficiency. She had a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds and did it on 8-of-12 shooting.

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