Tuesday, March 20, 2001

Women's Sweet 16 is best of best

Four No. 1s, three No. 2s advance

The Associated Press

        No.1 seeds Connecticut, Duke and Notre Dame recorded easy victories in the second round of the NCAA women's basketball tournament Monday night to join No.1 seed Tennessee in the Sweet 16.

        Connecticut (30-2) hammered Colorado State 89-44 to advance to the round of 16 for the seventh straight year.

        Notre Dame (30-2) whipped Michigan 88-54 and needs one more victory to match its most wins ever.

        Duke made the Sweet 16 for the fourth straight season by beating Arkansas 75-54. The Blue Devils set a school record for victories at 30-3.

        Tennessee, which won Sunday, will face Xavier in the Sweet 16 in Birmingham, Ala., Saturday. The time will be announced today.

        Overall, the tournament's top seeds dominated as 10 of the top 12 reached the third round.

        • Three of the four No.2 seeds — Iowa State, Texas Tech and Oklahoma — advanced to the Sweet 16 with only Georgia losing.

        • Three of the four No.3 seeds also advanced — Vanderbilt, Purdue and Louisiana Tech.

        The Regional semifinals will be played Saturday, with winners playing Monday for a berth in the Final Four.

        The Final Four will be held in St. Louis on March 30 and April 1.


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