Baylor makes 11th consecutive Sweet 16
It’s become the program standard for Kim Mulkey’s Lady Bears to reach the Sweet 16 every year and Monday night, Baylor advanced to its 11th straight in a rout over Cal, 102-63. The Lady Bears more than doubled up the Golden Bears on the boards winning the rebound battle, 49 to 23 while scoring 52 points in the paint. But it was the guard play of Chloe Jackson and Juicy Landrum that led the way as opposed to the dominant post duo of senior Kalani Brown and junior Lauren Cox. Cal keyed in on Brown in the half-court sets which led to the guards getting out in transition before Cal could set its defense.
Baylor has a rematch with South Carolina in the next round of the tournament. The Lady Bears beat the Gamecocks, 94-69, during the regular season.
No. 1 Baylor (31-1) vs No. 4 South Carolina (21-9) Saturday, March 30 at 1 p.m. on ESPN
Chennedy Carter leads A&M past Marquette
There aren’t many tough-shot makers in college basketball better than Texas A&M’s sophomore Chennedy Carter. And while the sophomore guard tallied a game-high 30 points, it wasn’t her scoring that pushed A&M across the finish line against Marquette this weekend, it was her defense and court vision.
With under 30 seconds to play and the Aggies trailing by two, Carter drove into the lane and as the defense collapsed, kicked it out to a wide-open junior Shambria Washington who hit the go-ahead 3-pointer. On the other end of the floor, Carter stole the inbound pass with eight seconds left to send A&M to a second straight Sweet 16.
No. 1 Notre Dame (30-3) vs No. 4 Texas A&M (24-7) Saturday, March 30 at 3 p.m. on ESPN2
Texas plagued by turnovers vs Indiana
The Hoosiers’ 24 points off Texas’ 23 turnovers proved to be the difference in the teams’ first-round 69-65 clash. In the waning seconds with Texas trailing by two, senior Sug Sutton got tangled up in the legs of an Indiana defender who was guarding sophomore Destiny Littleton, tripped and turned the ball over back to Indiana.