Backed by President Barack Obama and toting a 31-0 record, Princeton provided the women's NCAA Tournament with a very good story line. That book is now closed, courtesy of top-seeded Maryland.
Laurin Mincy scored 27 points as the host Terrapins beat eighth-seeded Princeton, 85-70, last night and advanced to the Sweet 16 for the fourth straight year.
Maryland will bring a 26-game winning streak into a matchup with Duke.
Obama cheered for Princeton in its opener (the program's first NCAA Tournament win) and picked the Tigers to beat Maryland, in part because his niece plays for Princeton.
And the Terrapins? Said Mincy, "Coming in, playing an undefeated team, a team that Obama had picked over us, it gave us some added motivation to come in and make a statement."
Connecticut 91, Rutgers 55: Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis scored 23 points as host and No. 1 seed UConn won its 33rd straight game, cruising on coach Geno Auriemma's 61st birthday. The Huskies will face Texas in the Sweet 16 -- UConn's 22nd straight season in the regional semifinals. Auriemma (913) and Rutgers' C. Vivian Stringer (952) entered with 1,865 wins, the most ever by two coaches in an NCAA Tournament game.
North Carolina 86, Ohio State 84: Jamie Cherry hit a jumper with six-tenths of a second left to put host No. 4 North Carolina in the Sweet 16. UNC will face top-seeded South Carolina. Arizona St. 57, Arkansas-Little Rock 54: Sophie Brunner scored the go-ahead basket with less than a minute left, helping host No. 3 seed Arizona State rally from a 16-point deficit to advance to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2009.
Louisville 60, South Florida 52: No. 3 seed Louisville reached its third straight Sweet 16.
Stanford 86, Oklahoma 76: Amber Orrange's 24 points led host No. 4 Stanford, which advanced to the Sweet 16 for the eighth straight season and will face top-seeded Notre Dame.
Tennessee 77, Pittsburgh 67: Host No. 2 Tennessee improved to 56-0 in NCAA Tournament home games. It will face Gonzaga in the Sweet 16.
Florida State 65, Florida Gulf Coast 47: Host No. 2 Florida State made the Sweet 16 by ending seventh-seeded Florida Gulf Coast's 26-game winning streak. -- AP