NEW YORK — A’dia Mathies followed up the worst game of her career with one of her best.
Mathies matched her career high with 34 points and led second-seeded Kentucky to an 84-70 win over seventh-seeded Dayton on Tuesday night in the second round of the NCAA women’s basketball tournament.
The Wildcats (29-5) will face Delaware in the semifinals of the Bridgeport Regional on Saturday.
With Kentucky clinging to a 46-44 advantage early in the second half, Mathies scored 10 points during a 16-3 run to help the Wildcats take control of the game.
The two-time Southeastern Conference player of the year hit two 3-pointers, including one to cap the burst and make it 62-47.
She didn’t hit a field goal in the first round win over Navy. She made 13 of 17 against Dayton.
Andrea Hoover scored 22 points to lead the Flyers (28-3), who got no closer than eight the rest of the way to end the best season in school history.
Delaware 78, North Carolina 69: In Newark, Del., Elena Delle Donne scored 33 points in her final home game, and Delaware rallied past foul-plagued North Carolina to advance to the round of 16 in the NCAA tournament for the first time in school history.
The sixth-seeded Blue Hens (32-3) trailed 50-42 with 15:31 left before coming back to extend their school-record winning streak to 27 games and eliminate No. 3 seed North Carolina (29-7).
Duke 68, Oklahoma State 59: In Durham, N.C., Elizabeth Williams had 16 points and 12 rebounds, and Duke rallied to beat Oklahoma State.
Haley Peters added 15 points and 13 rebounds while Tricia Liston scored eight of her 13 in the final 6-plus minutes and Chloe Wells also finished with 13 for the second-seeded Blue Devils (32-2). They advance to face sixth-seeded Nebraska in the regional semifinals Sunday in Norfolk, Va.
Louisville 76, Purdue 63: In Louisville, Ky., Sara Hammond had 21 points and 10 rebounds to help lead Louisville.
The Cardinals (26-8) will play either top-seeded Baylor or Florida State on Sunday in Oklahoma City in the program’s fourth regional semifinal in the last six years.
The fourth-seeded Boilermakers (25-9) snapped a five-game winning streak.Antonita Slaughter scored 14 of her 16 points in the first half for Louisville. Shoni Schimmel had 14.
Sam Ostarello led Purdue with 14 points and 12 rebounds. KK Houser had 10.
Louisville never trailed in beating Purdue for the first time in six games. These teams hadn’t met since 1993.
, and the Cardinals’ program has grown to a new level in the past two decades with this — a game that had Louisville men’s coach Rick Pitino in the stands.
The Cardinals led 38-23 at halftime, and Purdue never got closer than 10 in the second half as Louisville led by as much as 19. The Boilermakers got to 73-63 and missed a chance to cut the lead to single digits when Houser missed a 3 with 43 seconds remaining.
Louisville both outshot and outrebounded Purdue, and the Cardinals turned their 38-32 edge on the boards into 24 second-chance points. They also got 33 points off Purdue’s 22 turnovers.
Technically, Purdue was the home team as the higher seed wearing the home white uniforms. The Boilermakers even had some fans in the stands, not that it helped as they missed their first nine shots to open the game.
The Cardinals took full advantage of getting to play their first two NCAA tournament games on their own court for the first time in the program’s history.
They had the lower bowl of the KFC Yum! Center nearly filled with Pitino sitting a couple rows away from the court and Cardinals center Gorgui Dieng in the end zone. Pitino, whose men play Friday in Indianapolis in the regional semifinals, even yelled at the officials after Louisville turned it over for the sixth time within the first 5 minutes.
The Boilermakers started so sluggishly that nothing was going down, not even when Houser rolled a layup over the rim after a steal by Courtney Moses in the opening minutes. They finally got their first bucket when Taylor Manuel scored on a layup with 15:34 left, and her second straight layup tied it up at 4 with 15:09 to go. Sherrone Vails hit a free throw with 14:48 left and put them ahead to stay.
Another Manuel layup pulled Purdue within 18-16 with 6 minutes left, and that’s when Louisville took control. Monique Reid, who had been a game-time decision with swelling in her left knee, passed the ball out to Schimmel while on her stomach in the paint. Schimmel hit the 3 and then banked in another. Slaughter took her turn with a fast-break layup and her own 3. Hammond’s two free throws put Louisville up 33-19 with 2:27 left.
Louisville led 38-23 as the Cardinals finished the half on a 20-7 run that had the fans on their feet celebrating.
Ostarello hit consecutive buckets, the last pulling Purdue within 44-34 with 16:01 remaining. Hammond scored on a layup, hit a short jumper and even hit only her fourth 3-pointer all season with 10:49 left to push the lead back to 55-37.
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