NCAAW: Refs botch evaluation; Utah Utes win anyway, as do Maryland Terps

The Utah Utes and Maryland Terrapins each superior to the Candy Sixteen on Sunday. Listed below are our recaps of their second-round video games:

No. 2 seed Utah Utes over No. 10 seed Princeton Tigers, 63-56

With 4:44 to play, Utah’s Jenna Johnson went 1-of-2 on the free throw line and the Utes obtained the rebound after she missed her second try. Finally they took a proper nook three that went off the far rim and out of bounds. The refs left one second on the shot clock even after a evaluation, as a result of stated evaluation didn’t embrace audio and so they dominated it was inconclusive. On the published, the ball might clearly be heard hitting the rim.

Utah missed a desperation shot after inbounding the ball when they need to have been capable of run their offense and probably rating to go up seven or eight. As an alternative they remained up 54-49.

Clearly, the refs didn’t do the whole lot of their energy to get that decision proper in a vital second of an NCAA Event recreation. Audio should be included in official opinions.

Alissa Pili (28 factors, 10 rebounds, three assists) hauled in her tenth board with 28 seconds remaining and it was a key defensive one which just about sealed the deal. Pili was instantly fouled and went 2-of-2 on the line to make it 61-52 Utes.

Grace Stone, Princeton’s hero from its first-round win over NC State, made a 3 at 19 seconds to chop it to 6, however the Tigers would get no nearer.

Princeton refused to go away all recreation lengthy and reduce it to 50-48 on Stone free throws with seven minutes remaining.

Johnson backed Pili up with 15 factors, six boards and two steals. Ellie Mitchell was unbelievable in defeat with 9 factors, 18 rebounds, three assists, two steals and three blocks. Kaitlyn Chen paced the Tigers with 19 factors, whereas Stone added 16 on 4-of-13 capturing from exterior.

The Utes held Princeton to only 27.8 p.c capturing from the sector and gained regardless of a 1-of-15 effort from lengthy vary and 20 turnovers dedicated.

No. 2 seed Maryland Terrapins over No. 7 seed Arizona Wildcats, 77-64

Diamond Miller (24 whole factors) scored 20 factors within the second half to steer the Terps to a reasonably convincing win over Arizona that was extra lopsided than the ultimate rating signifies. She added six rebounds, seven assists and three steals for an outstanding stat sheet-stuffing efficiency.

Maryland got here out on hearth prefer it did towards Holy Cross within the first spherical, however Arizona took management for a stretch and led by one on the break. Within the third, the Terps got here out decided and gained the body 29-9 to take a 19-point lead into the fourth.

After scoring simply 4 factors within the first half, Miller made an awesome play 2:05 into the third to get her staff pumped up. Religion Masonius knocked the ball away from Arizona and Miller picked it up and took it the opposite approach for a fast-break layup. She missed the awarded free throw, however Arizona tipped the rebound out of bounds and Miller finally hit a 3 on the identical journey down the ground. This five-point journey made it 39-33 Maryland.

It’s little effort performs just like the one Abby Meyers made on the 6:09 mark of the third that maintain runs going and stop opponents from taking momentum away. She stole the ball within the backcourt proper after an Arizona defensive rebound and went up for a layup try. She was fouled and made each free throws to make it 41-33.

One other key play within the third got here when Miller made a pleasant cross to Shyanne Sellers for a transition layup that made it 51-37.

It was nice day for an additional Maryland senior along with Miller. Each she and Masonius have stayed so loyal to this system and Masonius had 12 factors on 6-of-9 capturing to go together with 4 boards, 4 helpers and two blocks. Sellers additionally performed properly with 15 factors, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, two steals and two blocks. Brinae Alexander rounded out Maryland’s double-figure scorers with 12 factors (two threes).

After struggling early, the Wildcats tied the sport at 29 on a Lauren Fields three with 1:53 left within the first half. They then took the lead on a Cate Reese layup and a four-point lead (after trailing by as a lot as 12) on a Helena Pueyo steal-turned-Paris Clark transition layup. The Terps closed the half on a 3-0 run.

Arizona gained the second 25-15. First, Maryland prolonged its result in 12 on an Alexander three 32 seconds into the body. The Terps would then lead 25-14 earlier than the Wildcats went on a 10-0 run. It began with a Shaina Pellington drive and layup and continued with back-to-back Esmery Martinez layups. A Clark reverse layup at 3:51 within the second reduce it to 25-22 after which Pellington scored in transition to cap the run.

Maryland appeared actually good in getting off to an early 10-point lead, however the Wildcats answered with a 6-0 run that reduce it to 12-8. The Terps discovered a technique to regain momentum going into the second, as an Alexander three off a Miller kick-out made it 17-8 after one.

Arizona turned the ball over on its first three possessions of the competition with a cross out of bounds, a shot clock violation and an offensive foul. In the meantime, Sellers and Masonius hit from mid-range to make it 4-0 Terps after which Miller scored off an extended pass-turned-transition layup to make it 6-0. One other Miller transition layup, this one off a Sellers steal and help, made it 12-2 on the 5:31 mark of the primary.

Martinez completed with eight factors, 13 rebounds, three assists and two steals in defeat. Reese added 19 factors and Pellington had 13 factors and three swipes.