Three Big Ten women’s basketball teams remained in the NCAA tournament heading into Sunday, and two (Maryland and Ohio State) won to advance to the Sweet 16. Purdue fell to top-seeded Notre Dame.
In the first Big Ten action of the afternoon, No. 5 Ohio State took down No. 4 Kentucky, 82-68. [BOX SCORE]
After using multiple contributions to build a big lead that seemed safe, Ohio State needed a group effort to avoid an even bigger collapse against Kentucky. Tori McCoy scored six straight points midway through the fourth quarter to help the Buckeyes withstand Kentucky’s furious rally from a 19-point second-half deficit and escape with an 82-68 second-round NCAA Tournament victory Sunday.
Ohio State faces the winner of Notre Dame vs. Purdue winner in Friday’s Lexington Region semifinal.
No. 3 Maryland then defeated No. 6 West Virginia in the Big Ten’s second game of the afternoon, 83-56. [BOX SCORE]
Maryland was already enjoying a heck of a second quarter when Destiny Slocum scrambled in position to take a buzzer-beating shot. Squaring up from just outside the opposite arc, Slocum stretched both arms behind her head and let the ball fly.
Slocum’s 70-foot shot capped a pivotal run, and the Terrapins blew past West Virginia 83-56 Sunday to advance to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. Brionna Jones had 22 points and 11 rebounds, Slocum scored 21 and Shatori Walker-Kimbrough added 19 for third-seeded Maryland (32-3), which will next face the winner of Monday’s game between No. 2 seed Duke and Oregon.
No. 9 Purdue fell in Sunday night’s action in overtime at No. 1 seed Notre Dame, 88-82. [BOX SCORE]