Mia Johnson scored 17 points and Lauren Aitch had 15, lifting ninth-seeded Michigan State to a 63-49 win over the top-seeded Duke Blue Devils and former coach Joanne P. McCallie last night in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at East Lansing, Mich.
Duke didn't make a shot for the last 7 1/2 minutes as it was outscored 16-2. Michigan State will face the winner of Iowa State-Ball State on Saturday in the semifinals of the Berkeley Regional. Jasmine Thomas had 14 points for Duke.
Connecticut 87, Florida 59: In the Trenton Regional, Renee Montgomery scored 25 points in her final game at home and undefeated Connecticut advanced to the regional semifinals for the 16th straight year. The Huskies (35-0) will play fourth-seeded California in Trenton on Sunday. This is the fourth time that UConn has been undefeated while playing in the NCAA Tournament. Connecticut went on to win the national championship in 1995 and 2002. In 1996-97, the Huskies lost to Tennessee in the regional final. Tina Charles had 22 points and 10 rebounds for her 11th double-double this season, and Maya Moore added 22 points and 14 rebounds for her 16th. Marshae Dotson scored 22 to lead Florida.
Texas A&M 73, Minnesota 42: Sydney Colson had six steals to pace Texas A & M to a season-high 20 and the Aggies forced a season-high 32 turnovers in South Bend, Ind. The Aggies' previous season high for turnovers forced was 30 in their first-round win over Evansville. Danielle Gant led Texas A & M with 20 points. Despite being outsized by Minnesota, the Aggies had a 37-28 rebounding advantage. Ashley Ellis-Milan scored 15 points to lead the Gophers. The Aggies will play Arizona State in Trenton on Sunday.
Maryland 71, Utah 56: Marissa Coleman had 18 points and 18 rebounds, Kristi Toliver scored 17, and top-seed Maryland advanced to the regional semifinals in College Park, Md. The Terrapins will next play Vanderbilt in the semifinals. Utah probably would have had trouble defeating the Terrapins under any circumstances. But the Utes had to play in an arena where Maryland had won 35 straight. Kalee Whipple scored 24 for Utah.