- Oregon sophomore guard Sabrina Ionescu had 19 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds in the No. 2 Ducks’ 88-45 win over No. 15 Seattle in the Spokane Region on Friday night. Ionescu became just the 15th player in women’s NCAA Tournament history to get a triple-double. Ionescu now has an NCAA-record 10 triple-doubles in her career, including six this season.
- Villanova, the ninth seed in the Spokane Region, needed to work extra hard on Friday night to beat No. 8 South Dakota State 81-74 in overtime. Villanova was playing in the women’s NCAA Tournament for the first time in five years and got its first tournament win since 2004.
- The women’s NCAA Tournament is filled with players with famous connections.
Twelfth-seeded Princeton, which lost 77-55 to No. 5 Maryland in the Kansas City Region on Friday afternoon, is a prime example. Tigers star and Ivy League player of the year Bella Alarie is the daughter of former Duke star and NBA player Mark Alarie. Leslie Robinson is the daughter of Craig Robinson, a former two-time Ivy League player of the year for Princeton, a former Oregon State head coach and current Knicks vice president of player development and G League operations. Leslie Robinson’s aunt is Michelle Obama. Qalea Ismail’s father, Qadry, played 10 seasons in the NFL and her uncle, Raghib, played nine seasons in the NFL.
Baylor’s Kalani Brown, the daughter of former NBA player P.J. Brown, scored 22 points and grabbed 15 rebounds in the No. 2 Bears’ 96-46 win over No. 15 Grambling on Friday in the Lexington Region. Gonzaga guard Laura Stockton, the daughter of basketball Hall-of-Famer John Stockton, played against Stanford late Saturday afternoon in the Lexington Region. Stanford guard Anna Wilson is the sister of Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson.
- Saturday’s games featured the top three scorers in Division I. Iowa’s Megan Gustafson (25.6 points per game) played against Creighton in the Kansas City Region, Jessica Kovatch of St. Francis (Pa.) (24.9 points per game) scored nine points in a loss to No. 1 Connecticut in the Albany Region, and Ohio State’s Kelsey Mitchell (24.5 points per game) scored 11 points in a win over George Washington in the Spokane Region.