Women's NCAA Bracket 2011: Scores And Results From March Madness

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NCAA Women's Tournament 2011 Scores: Texas A&M Finally Overcomes Baylor To Advance To First Final Four

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March Madness began a bit late in the NCAA women's basketball tournament, but once it did it was two number one seeds that suffered most.

After the top-seeded Tennessee Lady Vols fell to the Notre Dame Fight Irish yesterday, Texas A&M finally found a way to beat the Baylor Lady Bears 58-46 in the Dallas region in a game that was competitive, but not necessarily pretty.

Although Baylor played marginally better in the second half, they were also beat on the boards primarily by Adora Elonu who finished with a game-high 10 rebounds to go with eight points. But the most consistent factor working against Baylor in this game was their inability to establish any rhythm offensively as they committed turnovers on just under 28 percent of their possessions in a rather slow and grinding game.

That shouldn't necessarily come as a surprise - TAMU has played Baylor close this season and the main difference between this game and their Valentine's Day meeting is that Baylor never really found that spark despite cutting the lead to seven with under five minutes left. Brittney Griner did lead Baylor with 20 points and nine rebounds, but Baylor's young guards struggled against the pressure from TAMU's more experienced guards both in terms of making crisp passes and getting to the basket off the dribble.

And although they don't get nearly the respect they deserve nationally, TAMU guards and Sydney Carter and Sydney Colson were almost entirely responsible for that outstanding defensive effort. While Colson led the defensive charge with a game-high five steals, Carter added three steals and was outstanding offensively with a game-high 22 points.

So was this an upset? This was a game that really could have gone either way. When it got closer down the stretch, you had to wonder whether TAMU would let flashbacks of past losses interfere and crumble under the pressure of the moment. Instead, TAMU's experience won out and whether the odds of beating a team a fourth time really mattered or not, the fact is that TAMU was so close in those previous matchups that it became clear that they were worthy of a Final Four berth, as described at SBN's Swish Appeal after their February loss.

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NCAA Women's Bracket 2011: UConn Advances To Final Four As Moore Gets 3000th Point

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The story of the Connecticut Huskies blowing out the Duke Blue Devils in January was simply impossible to avoid as a backdrop for this game.

Who knew that UConn would nearly repeat it with a 75-40 blowout with a trip to the Final Four on the line.

The bottom line is that this is just a bad matchup for Duke - against any team as disciplined and methodical as UConn, Duke's defense is unable to rattle UConn which limits their transition scoring opportunities and forces them to score in the half court. In the second half, they shot slightly better at 28 percent. Yet UConn caught fire, shooting 72 percent in the second half while also dominating the boards 16 to 5.

All of that with essentially a six player rotation.

But when one of those six is Maya Moore, great things are possible: Moore was her typically outstanding self with 28 points, 10 rebounds, seven steals and two blocks as she scored her 3000th point.

Freshman Bria Hartley stepped up for 14 points, six rebounds, and six assists.

Duke obviously wasn't able to score a whole lot, but senior point guard Jasmine Thomas finished her season with heart, scoring 17 points, grabbing six boards and making six assists.

UConn will take on Notre Dame next in a fourth meeting on the season, which UConn is winning 3-0.

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NCAA Women's Bracket 2011: Stanford Ends Gonzaga's Magical Run To Advance To Final Four

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As much talent as the Stanford Cardinal have, coach Tara VanDerveer didn't simply win the Women's Basketball Coaches' Association Coach of the Year talent on the backs of her talent.

And in Stanford's 83-60 win over the Gonzaga Bulldogs in the Elite Eight, Vandersloot proved just how good a coach she is.

As they typically do, Stanford exploited Gonzaga's weaknesses in the paint and took sat in a zone to force them to take jumpers rather than allowing point guard Courtney Vandersloot to carve up their defense. After Gonzaga hung in there during the first half, Stanford's post play was simply overwhelming in the second half and while their suffocating defense held Gonzaga to 23 percent shooting from the field and helped the visitors extend their lead to over 20 points, which at least proved insurmountable if not demoralizing.

In the second half, the Cardinal got even more dominant on the offensive boards with what seems small at a 7 to 4 advantage, but ended up being a 38 percent advantage. Nneka Ogwumike led Stanford with 23 points and 12 rebounds, while sister Chiney stepped up big in the second half for a double-double as well with 18 points and 16 rebounds.

Meanwhile, Courtney Vandersloot continued her outstanding play with 25 points, nine assists, and only one turnover but outside of she and Kayla Standish, the rest of the team was held to 8-for-32 shooting.

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NCAA Women's Bracket 2011: Notre Dame Advances To Final Four With 73-59 Win Over Tennessee

A commenter on the game thread at SBN's RockyTopTalk probably explained the Tennessee Lady Vols' 73-59 loss to Notre Dame in the Elite Eight best: "All the problems of the Baby Vols on display here. Lack. Of. Focus. Lack. Of. Execution."

It pretty much sums up a year in which Lady Vols fans had high hopes but their own mistakes often did them in. Tonight, Tennessee's inability to establish themselves inside was ultimately the big story in the game. Whether you attribute that to Notre Dame defense or poor play by Tennessee's perimeter players, the bottom line is that while Notre Dame packed it in, Tennessee settled for jumpshots and in shooting only 32.8 percent for the game - including 4-for-19 from the three point line - never forced the defense to do anything different.

But Notre Dame isn't a one-dimensional defensive team either - Skylar Diggins had a strong game after a rocky start with 24 points, four steals, and four assists while Natalie Novosel had 17 points, five assists, and one turnover. Tennessee was led by Taber Spani and Shekinna Stricklen with 13 points apiece.

For more on this game, visit the summary from Dayton at SBN's Swish Appeal. Discuss it with Lady Vols fans at SBN's RockyTopTalk.

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NCAA Women's Bracket 2011: Baylor, Texas A&M Advance To Elite Eight For A Highly Anticipated Fourth Matchup

Figuring out how to stop 6-foot-8 Baylor Lady Bears center Brittney Griner with a roster that relies most heavily on players under 6-foot-1 might remain one of the great mysteries of basketball for some time.

The Green Bay Phoenix had few sustainable answers in their first-ever trip to the Sweet Sixteen in their 86-76 loss to Baylor this afternoon in Dallas.

Griner went off for a career-high 40 points showing off just how difficult she can be to stop as she continues to develop among the most lethal turnaround jumpers in women's basketball and begins to crash the offensive boards a little harder. Yet as evidenced by the final score, Green Bay fought hard in this one and was within three points early in the second half, which is an accomplishment all on its own. Green Bay, which relies more heavily on ball movement than anyone in the tournament, got big games from seniors Celeste Hoeswisch and Kayla Tetschlag who combined to score 47 points but that simply wasn't enough when Griner is playing like that.

With the win, Baylor advances to the Elite Eight where the Texas A&M Aggies were awaiting after swiftly dispatching the Georgia Bulldogs with an early 29 to 4 lead en route to an easy 79-38 win. Georgia alum and former Dallas Cowboys player Herschel Walker spoke to the Bulldogs before the game, but apparently that didn't work out too well, as SBN's Dawg Sports lamented after the game.

Georgia Bulldogs Booted from NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament by Texas A&M Aggies - Dawg Sports
I don’t know what Herschel Walker said in his pregame speech to Andy Landers’s Lady Bulldogs before their NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament showdown with Texas A&M, but, whatever it was, we need to make absolutely sure the Goal Line Stalker never says it again, because his inspirational message failed utterly, as Georgia fell to the Aggies by a 79-38 margin.

However, what flattening Georgia might indicate more clearly than a failure of Walker's motivational speaking abilities is that Texas A&M is an extremely strong second-seed - some have even suggested a fifth top-seed - and that they are as prepared as anyone to handle Baylor after losing three times already and playing outstanding basketball to get to the Elite Eight.

Some people might feel that these two teams shouldn't have met before the Final Four, but the game could end up being among the most exciting of the tournament.

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NCAA Women's Bracket 2011: Duke, UConn Survive Scares To Advance To Elite Eight In Philadelphia

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A lot has changed since the Connecticut Huskies blew out the Duke Blue Devils by 36 points on national television back in January.

And some of those changes showed up in how both teams struggled to advance for a rematch on Tuesday in the Elite Eight in the Philadelphia region.

It began this morning with the Georgetown Hoyas not getting the memo that the Philadelphia region has been widely considered the weakest bracket of the four this year. The Connecticut Huskies were supposed to cruise from Storrs through Philadelphia on their way to the Final Four and a chance to recapture championship glory for a third time in a row.

But Connecticut had to survive the Hoyas' hot first half shooting and aggressive defense to win 68-63. And as though it comes as any surprise, it was Maya Moore who stepped up down the stretch to seal the deal finishing with game-highs of 23 points and 14 rebounds after a slow start. Georgetown's athleticism and toughness were impressive throughout, particularly in how they made UConn freshman Stefanie Dolson a non-factor in the post for a Huskies team that only played six players. For Georgetown, it was an impressive outing for a program on the rise - there aren't many teams in the last three years that have come close to UConn and they can add their name to the list.

In the second game, the Duke Blue Devils came out and executed their offense as well as they had all season and used their athleticism to establish a 15-point lead over the DePaul Blue Demons during a 41-point first half. But the reason why the Blue Demons had a chance to begin with is that Duke tends to have scoring lapses and fell back to reality with 29 second half points while methodically working their offense. DePaul was within three with under a minute left after hitting big shots down the stretch, but that's when Duke star point guard Jasmine Thomas stepped up, using her speed and outstanding court sense to single-handedly break DePaul's pressure defense and carry Duke to a 70-63 victory.

Duke's defense was not up to par down the stretch, but that they had a 41-point first half against a solid DePaul team is a positive sign as they head into the Elite Eight for a rematch with UConn. However, while that first blowout was widely considered an example of Duke "not showing up" the reality is that UConn played a simply outstanding game.

UConn's Blowout Of Duke: Why McCallie's Boxing Metaphor Is Perfect - Swish Appeal
Drawing on McCallie's comment, Duke didn't get knocked out - they got hit hard and were simply stunned. They weren't able to fight back. And streak or no streak, I would argue that when UConn is playing the way they did last night, there's almost nothing an opponent can do to stop them.

For some perspective, let's talk about UConn's second half - they shot 60% from the field, 4-8 from three, had a 74% offensive rebounding percentage and 11 assists on 15 made field goals. That, by the way, was the half in which Duke played better.

UConn has not consistently played as well since that point and if Duke puts together a half-decent offensive performance, the game will be more competitive with the Final Four on the line.

Then again, after a near-loss to Georgetown, UConn could be even more motivated than they apparently were entering a mid-season non-conference game.

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NCAA Women's Bracket 2011: Ogwumike Sisters Help Stanford Advance To Elite Eight

As expected, the big difference in the North Carolina Tar Heels' upset bid against the Stanford Cardinal last night was rebounding - their ability to fight on the offensive boards earned them second chance scoring opportunities, which made an enormous difference.

The problem, also as expected, was that Stanford forward Nneka Ogwumike came up big down the stretch and then younger sister Chiney gave them a late boost to win 72-65.

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It basically was a two-point game for the final 10 minutes. And then those wonderful Ogwumike sisters came through, scoring 12 crucial points between them as the clock ran down. There was less than a minute to play before Chiney increased the lead to 4 points and for the first time North Carolina did not answer back. Jeanette missed all but one of her shots from the field during the course of the game, but she fortunately was the player the Tar Heels fouled in desperation and Jeanette was able to put the game beyond reach with her free throws in the last 30 seconds.

Also in something of a familiar pattern, Stanford's versatile forward Kayla Pedersen had a quietly big impact on the game with 15 points, nine rebounds, five assists, three blocks and no turnovers. Pedersen is consistently the "glue player" that holds this team together.

With the win, Stanford will face Gonzaga at 6 p.m. PST at Spokane Arena in a rematch of an early-season contest down the road at McCarthey Athletic Center.

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NCAA Women's Bracket 2011: Gonzaga Holds On To Beat Louisville 76-69, Advance To Elite Eight

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The Louisville Cardinals came to Spokane having to know that they had an uphill battle in front of them against the Gonzaga Bulldogs.

And losing forward Monique Reid early due to injury didn't exactly help.

Despite a valiant effort to come back from down 20 points in the second half, Louisville fell 76-69 in the first of two games tonight at Spokane Arena for the Sweet Sixteen.

The hero of the game is probably less surprising that the outcome: Bulldogs point guard Courtney Vandersloot finished with 29 points, seven assists, and seven steals as they used their home court advantage to make a little history as a team.

Gonzaga beats Louisville 76-69 to reach Elite 8 - College Women's Basketball - Rivals.com
Gonzaga (31-4) became the lowest seed in NCAA history to reach the Elite Eight. They will play the winner of top-seeded Stanford and No. 5 seed North Carolina in the regional final on Monday night.

Meanwhile, Vandersloot made more history as an individual by setting a new single-season record for assists, which she will have a chance to add to on Monday against a Cardinal team that they've already played tough once in Spokane.

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NCAA Women's Bracket 2011 Scores: Notre Dame, Tennessee Advance To Elite Eight In Dayton


Check out SBN's Rocky Top Talk for all the post game video from Tennessee vs. Ohio State.

The Dayton region of the 2011 NCAA women's basketball tournament has turned out pretty much as most people expected with the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and Tennessee Lady Vols advancing to the Sweet Sixteen.

SBN's Rocky Top Talk (Tennessee) describes how the Ohio State Buckeyes' lacking depth haunted them in their 85-75 loss to the Lady Vols.

Tennessee Runs Ohio State into The Ground, 85-75 - Rocky Top Talk
With almost no bench rotation of their starters throughout the first half, the Lady Buckeyes consumed a lot of energy trying to keep up with the Lady Vols in transition and working for the open baskets. For about 25 minutes of game time, it worked; even when Tennessee went on their traditional second half opening run, the Lady Buckeyes kept the score close and kept fighting.

Meanwhile, Notre Dame handled the sixth-seeded Oklahoma Sooners, holding them to 17 first half points and using their defensive pressure to overwhelm them, as written by Joe Kay of the AP.

Notre Dame beats Oklahoma 78-53 - College Women's Basketball - Rivals.com
Hands with green fingernail polish—Notre Dame’s NCAA tournament tradition—seemed to swipe at every dribble and reach for every pass.

Brittany Mallory scored season-high 20 points, and Notre Dame’s defensive pressure forced 24 turnovers and quickly took its toll in a 78-53 win over Oklahoma on Saturday that sent the Fighting Irish to the regional final.

Those green-painted fingers were everywhere.

Although it was a tough game to watch for Sooners fans, at least one fan from SBN's Crimson and Cream Machine is proud of his team's performance this season.

2011 NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament - Sweet Sixteen OU vs. Notre Dame Game Thread - Crimson And Cream Machine
The inconsistent team from the regular season showed up. Hand who had come on the last 2 tourny games was limping. D-Rob was pressing and their bigs, took ours out. 16 was seriously the round I guess I expected or would be happy for the way the team was playing at the end of the regular season. So I’m proud.

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NCAA Women's Bracket 2011 Scores: First True March Madness Upsets Occur With Louisville Advancing To Sweet Sixteen Against Gonzaga

After a delayed start, March Madness truly began on the women's side on the second day of the second round with a trio of upsets following Gonzaga's far more predictable upset over the UCLA Bruins last night.

In the Spokane region, the seven-seeded Louisville Cardinals got an impressive 33-point performance from freshman Shoni Shimmel - that has drawn comparisons to BYU's Jimmer Fredette - to upend two seed Xavier Musketeers 85-75. In addition to Shimmel's scoring outburst, the key to the game for Louisville was forcing Xavier into 24 turnovers, including a nearly 40 percent turnover rate in the second half.

Louisville's win is unquestionably a relief for the Gonzaga Bulldogs - Xavier would have presented a significant matchup challenge with 6-foot-5 Amber Harris and 6-foot-6 Ta'Shia Phillips in the post. With absolutely no disrespect to Louisville, playing them in Spokane is much more advantageous to Gonzaga.

Game time for Gonzaga vs. Louisville at Spokane Arena is set for 6 p.m. PST on Saturday.

Meanwhile, in the Dayton region, the six-seeded Oklahoma Sooners upset the three-seeded Miami Hurricanes behind a career-high 27 from Whitney Hand and a double-double from point guard Danielle Robinson with 18 points and 11 assists. Despite shooting 2-for-10 from the field in the second half, Robinson's 6-for-6 second half free throw shooting in second half was a significant reason for the win.

In the Dallas region, the six-seeded Georgia Bulldogs upset the three-seeded Florida State Seminoles, who held FSU without a field goal over the final ten minutes of the game.

Elsewhere:

#5 Georgetown def. #4 Maryland

#5 Green Bay def. #4 Michigan St.

#2 Texas A&M def. #7 Rutgers

#1 Baylor def. #9 West Virginia

#1 UConn def. #9 Purdue

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NCAA Women's Bracket 2011: Gonzaga Advances To Sweet 16 With 89-75 Win Over UCLA

As amazing as it was to watch Gonzaga Bulldogs point guard Courtney Vandersloot become the first player in college basketball history to score 2000 points and 1000 assists, that she managed to overshadow teammate Kayla Standish in doing so was almost even more remarkable.

"She's showing everybody why she should be an All-American and is probably the best point guard in the nation," said Gonzaga coach Kelly Graves.

In front of a near-sellout crowd of 5,804 in McCarthey Athletic Cen, Vandersloot shined the brightest in leading Gonzaga to a 89-75 victory over the UCLA Bruins to send Gonzaga to their second consecutive Sweet 16.

After struggling to hit shots early in the game, Vandersloot scored her 2000th career point with 12:21 left in the game and finished with a game- and career-high 17 assists, 29 points, and seven rebounds. With her 17 assists, Vandersloot is also now five assists away from breaking the NCAA single-season record, which stands out even on a night when everyone was watching her scoring.

"I think when you watch Vandersloot the thing that makes her great is that she makes her teammates look good," said UCLA coach Nikki Caldwell. "She's a smart player."

Among the players who benefited from Vandersloot's smart play tonight was Standish, who finished with a game-high 30 points for her second consecutive game in addition to 10 rebounds and was absolutely dominant in post, on the baseline, and on the wing.

"She did a great job of finding gaps in zones," commented Vandersloot. "She can do so much - she's just versatile."

Once Vandersloot started hitting in the second half, it was the combined inside-outside force of the team's two stars that ultimately overwhelmed UCLA with Gonzaga's home crowd only getting louder after Vandersloot secured her milestone. The Bruins managed to stay in the game behind an impressive 20 points from Darxia Morris and 18 to go with 10 rebounds from Jasmine Dixon but it wasn't enough to overcome an outstanding women's basketball atmosphere in Spokane that multiple people observed was as loud as it had ever been.

"I really do think it helps," said Graves when asked about the atmosphere. "I think they fed off that tonight and did Saturday (against Iowa).

For UCLA, this was a tough situation - after dominating the boards with their athleticism in the first half, Gonzaga got more aggressive in the second half to win the second half rebounding battle 19-12 and beat UCLA on the offensive boards by a narrow, yet vastly improved, margin of 6 to 1. But by far the biggest difference in the second half was Gonzaga's shooting - in addition to getting to the free throw line 22 times, Gonzaga shot 64 percent from the field overall and a 2-point percentage of 68.42 percent behind Standish's 7-for-8 shooting in the second half.

"That atmosphere from the crowd, it helps," said Vandersloot. "The last 20 minutes you don't even feel tired because you're so amped from the crowd."

With a deafening home crowd and hot shooting from Gonzaga, UCLA was simply unable to overcome an increasingly aggressive and confident Bulldogs team and the weight of March Madness emotion was palpable during their portion of the press conference. But this was undeniably Vandersloot's night and down the stretch it simply became impossible to imagine an alternate outcome.

"We knew what she could do," said Dixon when asked about defending Vandersloot. "Our problem was stopping it."

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Women's NCAA Tournament 2011: UCLA's Athleticism Helps Them Beat Montana 55-47 In Spokane

The remaining Gonzaga fans that chose to stay for a preview of their second round opponent began trickling out of McCarthey Athletic Center with just under five minutes left in the first half of game two of the first round in Spokane between the third-seeded UCLA Bruins and 14th-seeded Montana Lady Grizzlies.

"They might not score 20 points in this whole game," remarked one mocking Gonzaga fan about Montana, who had ony 10 points with three minutes left in the first half.

Put simply, the early going of Montana's 55-47 loss in the first round of the 2011 NCAA Tournament wasn't particularly pretty.

UCLA forced them into a season-high tying 25 turnovers, led by junior Jasmine Dixon jumping passing lanes to get a game-high five steals to complement her game-high 15 points while sophomore Markel Walker had four steals to with nine points. UCLA's defensive pressure caused Montana's Alyssa Smith to commit five turnovers to go with her team-high 14 points while Bellingham, WA native Kenzie De Boer committed 10 turnovers.

"They are a lot more athletic than a lot of the schools that we played this year," said De Boer, who also finished with four of the team's nine assists. "They're tall, long, quick and they pretty much were everywhere on the court tonight and we had a hard time passing the ball because they were just there."

Yet UCLA's pressure seeming ever-present, it wasn't even necessarily the miscues that showed up in the boxscore that best represent what Nikki Caldwell's Bruins' defensive schemes have done to opponents all season.

After hitting double digits, the Grizzlies had five consecutive possessions that included two airballs, a block, a turnover, and a standard missed contested shot. They'd throw a different look at Montana on every possession, ranging from zone defenses, man-to-man, and three quarters court presses. UCLA's goal is simply to throw their opponents into a state of confusion and they accomplished that against Montana.

"They can make you look bad sometimes and that's how they've won: with their defense," said Montana coach Robin Selvig. "They just really do a good job of pressuring and then they recover so quick - they're just a great defensive team. I thought we weathered the frustration of the turnovers in the first half and battled."

But when Montana stopped turning the ball over so often, UCLA's athleticism took over. Perhaps a precursor to UCLA's athleticism taking over the game was near the end of the first half when sophomore Markel Walker slowed down on a fast break to wait for a defender to catch up to her before leaning into her before going up for a layup and drawing a foul. And in the second half it was that difference in athleticism that hurt Montana most - UCLA got to the free throw line 20 times in the second half which only added to the difficulty of playing a team that was already exhausting them with their defensive pressure. Yet among the many things they had to be displeased with, they certainly were not happy with their 60.3 percent free throw percentage.

"That's not going to get it and our players know that," said UCLA assistant Tasha Butts, whose team also shot 1-for-7 from 3-point range. "Every single practice we shoot free throws and we focus on shooting our free throws because when you get to this stage in NCAA you have to make free throws and layups. We definitely have to do a better job with that."

Yet despite a merely satisfactory win according to Bruins coaches and players, they dominated most of the game with their combination of chaotic defensive schemes and athleticism. Nevertheless, playing a team like UCLA as closely and with as much heart as they did was a sign of progress for Montana, if not the cliched moral victory.

"As a whole, our team has grown so much," said Kenzie De Boer, who arrived in the media room with her eyes red from tears. "It's crazy to see where we started. We struggled a lot at the beginning of the year and throughout conference, we grew as a team, we grew together, and we've gotten so much better. I think if we played UCLA at the beginning of the season, we would have gotten smashed.

"For us to stick with a team that's ranked third, that's awesome. I think we represented the Big Sky well. I think we've just grown a lot as a team overall."

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Women's NCAA Bracket 2011: Gonzaga Overwhelms Iowa Inside In Front Of Sold-Out Home Crowd

In an exciting game between two perimeter-oriented teams, it was ultimately the interior play of Kayla Standish that helped Gonzaga to a 92-86 win over the Iowa Hawkeyes.

"We weren't able to do anything to stop Standish," said Iowa coach Lisa Bluder. "She was excellent in there."

After being saddled with foul trouble in the first half, Standish exploded for 22 second half points to finish with a career-high 30 points. For the most part, it was exactly the type of performance one might expect from Standish - getting short jumpers off curls, turnaround jumpers against shorter opponents and jumpers from the wing. But after Iowa's 6-foot-5 sophomore Morgan Johnson picked up her fourth foul in the second half, Standish really took over.

"Kayla's one of those players who once she gets it going she's really difficult to defend just because once she gets the perimeter part of her game - the step out, the good jump shot - she can play with the back to the basket," Gonzaga coach Kelly Graves said after the game. "Johnson got in a little bit of foul trouble, so at that point we tried to get the ball to [Standish] to either get her in some more foul trouble or get her out of the game. And I think what that did is kinda got Kayla going a little bit."

However, while Standish's performance stood out, Gonzaga's dominance in the post from across the roster was what made the difference in the game. With six second half rebounds, Gonzaga beat Iowa on the offensive boards 38 percent to 18 percent, led by Claire Raap's four along with three from Standish, who finished with a total of seven rebounds.

In addition to Standish's outstanding play in the post, Gonzaga got a career-high 34 points from point guard Courtney Vandersloot who added seven rebounds and seven assists as well. Jamie Printy kept Iowa in the game with 25 points and 5-for-11 3-point shooting, but ultimately the combination of Vandersloot's aggression driving to the basket and the team's interior rebounding won the game for Gonzaga.

In a way, it was definitely unfortunate that a solid Iowa team was forced to play Gonzaga on their home court in the first round of the tournament. But any gripes aside, it was an exciting, well-played game.

"I think our fans today showed why they're just tremendous fans," said Graves. "They gave us a lot of support...Our players late in the game - we didn't give 'em a ton of rest in the second half - there was a lot of adrenaline running through those bodies. And a lot of that energy came from the fans. And I think because of the great atmosphere it helped both teams play well.

"That really was a great basketball game; I don't care at what level, what gender. That was just great basketball."

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