The Kansas Jayhawks still have Colorado's number. Angel Goodrich and Carolyn Davis each scored 14 points and the 12th-seeded Jayhawks upset...
BOULDER, Colo. — The Kansas Jayhawks still have Colorado’s number.
Angel Goodrich and Carolyn Davis each scored 14 points and the 12th-seeded Jayhawks upset their former conference foe and fifth-seeded Buffaloes 67-52 Saturday night on Colorado’s home floor.
The Jayhawks (19-13) used a 15-0 spurt spanning halftime to take control and advance to face fourth-seeded South Carolina on Monday at the Coors Events Center.
The Buffaloes (25-7) saw their first trip to the NCAA tournament in nine years come to an unexpected end.
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All the more maddening, it came against their former foe from the Big 12 that always seemed to get the best of them.
The Buffs, ranked 19th, were favored, but they missed Rachel Hargis’ presence in the post. The junior center sprained her right knee in practice a week ago and didn’t play, robbing Colorado of an inside player to counter Kansas’ size down low.
They also missed plenty of shots — Arielle Roberson and Chucky Jeffery, their two leading scorers, combined to shoot just 5 for 29 from the floor. Roberson finished with 11 points and Jeffery eight.
“We knew … if we could take them out, then we had a good chance to win,” Davis said. “I think we did a great job executing that and defending them and keeping them off the board and making them take tough shots.”
Chelsea Gardner and Charlicia Harper each scored 12 for the Jayhawks and Monica Engelman added 10 points.
Both teams were coming off a two-week layoff, having last played on March 9, but the Jayhawks shot 45 percent to the Buffaloes’ 25 percent, and Colorado made just five of 29 shots after halftime.
“It’s tough to win games when you shoot the ball 25 percent and then you don’t play defense either,” Buffs coach Linda Lappe said.
Norfolk (Va.) Bracket
South Carolina 74,
South Dakota State 52
In Boulder, Ashley Brunner had 15 points and 11 rebounds to lead No. 4 seed South Carolina past No. 13 seed South Dakota State.
The Gamecocks used their superior athleticism and stout defense to make quick work of the 13th-seeded Jackrabbits.
Texas A&M 71,
Wichita State 45
In College Station, Texas, Kristi Bellock tied a career high with 18 points and the No. 3-seeded Aggies routed No. 14 seed Wichita State. Playing in front of a hometown crowd, the Aggies used a big run at the end of the first half to erase a one-point deficit and take a 13-point lead into halftime.
In College Station, Jordan Hooper made four three-pointers in the second half and finished with 21 points, helping sixth-seeded Nebraska rally from nine points down to beat No. 11 seed Chattanooga.
Oklahoma City Bracket
UCLA 66, Stetson 49
In Columbus, Ohio, Nirra Fields scored 13 points and the third-seeded Bruins had an 11-0 lead before rolling over No. 14 seed Stetson. Jasmine Dixon added 10 points and 10 rebounds and Atonye Nyingifa had 10 points and eight rebounds for the spread-the-wealth Bruins.
Six players average between eight and 12 points for them.
“This is a team sport, so we play as a team,” Fields said of the Bruins, who had nine players score and nine grab rebounds.
Creighton 61, Syracuse 56
In Knoxville, Tenn., McKenzie Fujan scored a career-high 24 points as 10th-seeded Creighton held off a late Syracuse rally to beat the seventh-seeded Orange 61-56 and earn its first NCAA tournament victory since 1994.
Syracuse had a chance to tie the score with a three-pointer in the final seconds, but Elashier Hall’s shot hit the right side of the rim.
Oral Roberts 62,
In Knoxville, Meighan Simmons scored 18 points and the second-seeded Lady Vols defeated No. 15 seed Oral Roberts in their first NCAA tournament game of the post-Pat Summitt era.
The Lady Vols got points from all 11 players and improved to 51-0 in NCAA tournament games on their home floor.
Central Michigan 73
In Columbus, Joanna McFarland had 18 points and a career-high 17 rebounds to lead the sixth-seeded Sooners past No. 11 seed Central Michigan.
Despite 24 turnovers, the Sooners had just enough to hold off the Chippewas, who were making their third trip to the NCAA and first since 1984. Crystal Bradford had a sensational game for CMU with a career-high 36 points with 14 rebounds and seven steals.
Bridgeport (Conn.) Bracket
Connecticut 105, Idaho 37
In Storrs, Conn., Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis led six Connecticut players in double figures as the top-seeded Huskies routed No. 16 seed Idaho.
Mosqueda-Lewis finished with 22 points, all in the first half. Morgan Tuck had 18, and Moriah Jefferson had 16 for the Huskies (30-4), who advanced to the second round for the 20th straight time in their 25th consecutive tournament appearance.
Saint Joseph’s 54
In Storrs, Tiffany Clarke had 16 points and 12 rebounds to lead No. 8 seed Vanderbilt over No. 9 seed Saint Joseph’s.
Maryland 72, Quinnipiac 52
In College Park, Md., Alyssa Thomas had 29 points and 13 rebounds to help No. 4 seed Maryland spoil 13th-seeded Quinnipiac’s debut in the tournament.
The fourth-seeded Terrapins trailed by nine in the first half, moved in front 27-23 at the break and dominated the second half against the smaller Bobcats, who couldn’t stop Thomas’ repeated forays into the lane.
Michigan State 55,
In College Park, Kiana Johnson scored 16 points to help fifth-seeded Michigan State halt No. 12 seed Marist’s string of first-round NCAA upsets.
Michigan State advanced to the second round for the eighth time in nine NCAA appearances.