The women's 2014 tournament continues to provide thrilling action as the subregionals rage onward and the bracket continues to provide pitfalls for top seeds.
Day 1 of the subregionals was a strong indicator as to how the proceedings on Sunday would turn out. The day prior, major upsets—such as No. 10 Florida State taking down No. 7 Iowa State and No. 12 BYU stunning No. 5 North Carolina State—were the highlights.
Fans can expect nothing but more of the same on Sunday, with plenty of intriguing matchups sure to provide unpredictable results.
|Time (ET)||Matchup||Watch||Live Stream||Result|
|12:30 p.m.||(13) Army vs. (4) Maryland||ESPN 2||Watch ESPN||Maryland 90, Army 52|
|12:30 p.m.||(14) Wichita State vs. (3) Penn State||ESPN 2||Watch ESPN||Penn St. 62, Wichita St. 56|
|12:30 p.m.||(12) Hampton vs. (5) Michigan State||ESPN 2||Watch ESPN||Michigan St. 91, Hampton 61|
|12:30 p.m.||(10) Georgia Tech vs. (7) LSU||ESPN 2||Watch ESPN||LSU 98, Georgia Tech 78|
|3 p.m.||(15) Albany vs. (2) West Virginia||ESPN||Watch ESPN||West Virginia 76, Albany 61|
|3 p.m.||(13) UT Martin vs. (4) North Carolina||ESPN||Watch ESPN||North Carolina 60, UT Martin 58|
|3 p.m.||(12) Pennsylvania vs. (5) Texas||ESPN||Watch ESPN||Texas 79, Penn 61|
|3 p.m.||(11) Florida vs. (6) Dayton||ESPN||Watch ESPN||Florida 83, Dayton 69|
|5:30 p.m.||(14) Idaho vs. (3) Louisville||ESPN||Watch ESPN||Louisville 88, Idaho 42|
|5:30 p.m.||(16) Cal State Northridge vs. (1) South Carolina||ESPN||Watch ESPN||South Carolina 73, CSN 58|
|5:30 p.m.||(11) James Madison vs. (6) Gonzaga||ESPN||Watch ESPN||James Madison 72, Gonzaga 63|
|5:30 p.m.||(9) Saint Joseph's vs. (8) Georgia||ESPN||Watch ESPN||St. Joe's 67, Georgia 57|
|8 p.m.||(16) Prairie View A&M vs. (1) Connecticut||ESPN||Watch ESPN||Connecticut 87, Prairie View A&M 44|
|8 p.m.||(14) North Dakota vs. (3) Texas A&M||ESPN 2||Watch ESPN||Texas A&M 70, North Dakota 55|
|8 p.m.||(11) Marist vs. (6) Iowa||ESPN 2||Watch ESPN||Iowa 87, Marist 65|
|8 p.m.||(9) Oregon State vs. (8) Middle Tennessee||ESPN 2||Watch ESPN||Oregon State 55, Middle Tennessee 36|
|Time (ET)||Matchup||Watch||Live Stream|
|6:35 p.m.||(7) DePaul vs. (2) Duke||ESPN 2||Watch ESPN|
|6:35 p.m.||(1) Notre Dame vs. (9) Arizona State||ESPN 2||Watch ESPN|
|6:40 p.m.||(6) Syracuse vs. (3) Kentucky||ESPN 2||Watch ESPN|
|6:40 p.m.||(10) Florida State vs. (2) Stanford||ESPN 2||Watch ESPN|
|9:05 p.m.||(1) Tennessee vs. (8) St. John's||ESPN 2||Watch ESPN|
|9:10 p.m.||(12) BYU vs. (4) Nebraska||ESPN 2||Watch ESPN|
|9:10 p.m.||(5) Oklahoma State vs. (4) Purdue||ESPN 2||Watch ESPN|
|9:15 p.m.||(7) California vs. (2) Baylor||ESPN 2||Watch ESPN|
For the full bracket, check out NCAA.com
Oregon State 55, Middle Tennessee 36
Defense was well on display in this matchup. Both teams put forth valiant efforts on the defensive end, as each struggled to generate points; however, Oregon State's toughness was the difference-maker in this one.
Middle Tennessee was in a bad way against Oregon State, as it shot just 23.0 percent from the field as a team. Despite a great 17-point effort from Ebony Rowe, the team fell well short of making this contest competitive.
Oregon State got off to a fast start, outscoring Middle Tennessee 26-15 in the first half. The team kept its foot on the gas throughout the duration and finished off the game with another 29 points after the break.
Sydney Wiese was absolutely on point on Sunday. She connected on seven of her 15 attempts from the field for 26 points. Forward Deven Hunter remained solid down low, as she recorded a game-high 11 rebounds.
Defense often goes far in late-season tournaments and Oregon State has one of the nation's best at the moment.
Iowa 87, Marist 65
Iowa's offensive prowess was well on display on Sunday. The team bucketed 32 of its 56 attempts from the field to shoot 57.1 percent for the day. Guard Theairra Taylor led the way, scoring 22 points while shooting five of eight from three-point range.
Samantha Logic was impressive as well, recording a double-double against Marist by scoring 11 points and adding 10 assists. She also collected nine boards, making her the game most well-rounded player.
It was tough sledding for Marist, as the team struggled to keep up with Iowa's high-octane offense. Three different players put up 12 points, and the team shot 41.4 percent from the field, but it was nowhere near enough to remain competitive.
Iowa figures to be a major factor going forward, as the team's offense remains one of the hottest in the nation.
Texas A&M 70, North Dakota 55
It wasn't the prettiest of wins for Texas A&M on Sunday, but the team got it done. The Aggies successfully defeated North Dakota by a score of 70-55 thanks to a stellar defensive effort.
This game was a high-octane shootout throughout the duration—even if the final score doesn't reflect that notion.
Both Texas A&M and North Dakota combined to take 125 shots from the field on Sunday. Neither team was on point; however, as Texas A&M connected on 27 of 70 attempts, while North Dakota only bucketed 17 of its 55 shots.
Defense played a big part in this fast-paced contest, as neither team was given a great amount of solid looks. However, Texas A&M took advantage of North Dakota's 16 turnovers and also recorded 11 steals to ensure that it came out ahead.
It was a solid win for the Aggies, but the team's shooting percentage must improve if they are to be competitive going forward.
Connecticut 87, Prairie View A&M 44
Connecticut did what Connecticut does on Sunday, as the team absolutely routed Prairie View A&M by a score of 87-44.
The Huskies' prowess was led by Breanna Stewart. She recorded an impressive double-double on the day, racking up 19 points and adding 10 rebounds. All five of the Huskies' starters scored double-digit points in Sunday's blowout victory.
Connecticut was making buckets from everywhere on Sunday, netting 32 of its 58 attempts from the field including going 11-22 from downtown.
Defensively, they were on point as well. Prairie View A&M got very few good looks on Sunday and was held to shoot just 25.0 percent as a team.
If the Huskies continue to play in this fashion going forward, they will be a difficult test for any of the tournament's participants.
St. Joe's 67, Georgia 57
Sometimes—regardless of seed—the other team is just too hot to handle.
This was never much of a contest as the Hawks took an eight-point lead into the half and never looked back
Saint Joseph's was hot from all over the court on Sunday night, shooting 46.4 percent from the field and 50 percent from long range. Only three players scored in double figures, but Erin Shields' 18 points paved the way, while a double-double from Ashley Robinson—10 points and rebounds—helped to fend off the Bulldogs.
Georgia shot nowhere near those percentages and 16 points from Erika Ford meant little in the long run.
James Madison 72, Gonzaga 63
It has been quite some time since the James Madison Dukes scored an NCAA tournament victory, as illustrated by WHSV's Andy Rives:
FINAL: James Madison 72, Gonzaga 63 - Dukes get first NCAA win since '91 & will play in Round of 32 on Tues- Burkholder w/28 pts and 18 rbs— Andy Rives (@WHSVAndyRives) March 23, 2014
Interestingly enough, Gonzaga did not do anything in particular wrong, as a 32.9 percentage from the field and 4-of-20 mark from deep were right with the Duke's numbers. The same applies to rebounds, turnovers and fouls.
There was no stopping Kirby Burkholder, who scored 28 points despite a 4-of-17 mark from the field. She connected on 17-of-18 free throws and scored eight of her team's final 10 points to hold off the Bulldogs—not to mention her 18 rebounds.
South Carolina 73, CSN 58
Like Louisville, South Carolina had no issues moving on thanks to the small threat posed by the Cal State Northridge Matadors on Sunday.
The Matadors hardly shot 30 percent from the floor, and while Janae Sharpe's 26 points were impressive, she was the only player on the team to surpass the 10-point threshold.
Meanwhile, South Carolina kept things balanced with four players in double figures. The Gamecocks also ruled the paint with a 52-36 advantage on the boards.
Louisville 88, Idaho 42
It was a tale of two sides on Sunday as Idaho was only able to muster 21 points in each half and shot 35.4 percent from the field and just 22.2 percent from long range as Louisville cruised.
The Cardinals saw five score in double figures, with the team as a whole shooting near 60 percent from the field.
ESPN's Mechelle Voepel put it best:
There was no drama in Louisville-Idaho WBB first-rounder _88-42 _ but there was a lot of efficiency. Cards shot 57.4%, had just 9 T0s.— Mechelle Voepel (@MechelleV) March 24, 2014
As it stands now, it does not appear any team left in the bracket can compete with Louisville's efficiency.
Florida 83, Dayton 69
Time for a trend reversal.
This one had the looks of the better seed simply cruising to a victory as Dayton took a three-point advantage into halftime.
Then Florida erupted.
The Gators scored 54 points in the second half in an onslaught the Flyers were helpless to slow.
What went wrong for Dayton? The got comfortable and away from what works, as Andrea Hoover told reporters after the game, according to Dan Gelston of the Associated Press, via ABC News:
"We went away with what we were doing so well, driving to the basket and getting to the free-throw line," Hoover said. "We kind of settled for jump shots, we were kind of taking bad shots and they got some runouts on the offensive end."
Florida dominated inside with a 41-26 victory on the boards, forced 10 steals and saw each starter score in double figures to pull off the stunning upset.
Texas 79, Penn 61
Physical superiority was the name of the game in this lopsided affair:
Texas defeats Penn 79-61. The Horns dominated inside, outscoring Penn 36-18 in the paint and posted a 44-28 advantage on the boards.— Texas Longhorns WBB (@TexasWBB) March 23, 2014
Penn actually jumped out to a 38-31 lead at the half in what had the looks of a stunning upset, but the Quakers completely fell off the cliff and scored just 23 points in the second half.
Alyssa Baron of Penn led the way for all scorers with 25 points, but her team's lack of fight in the paint led to the ugly loss.
Texas got double figures from three players, but Nekia Jones' 14 points and Empress Davenport's 10 points off the bench were the difference with most Longhorns starters struggling mightily from the field.
North Carolina 60, UT Martin 58
This had all the makings of a jaw-dropping upset, and really, nobody could have predicted both the play disparity to start things off and the epic comeback to close things.
North Carolina was down 35-22 at the half, but rallied from 18 down to pull off the two-point victory.
When plays such as this are happening, it's a sign momentum is shifting a bit:
Xylina McDaniel scored 14 for the Tar Heels, but it was Diamond DeShields and her 15 points off the bench that made the biggest difference for North Carolina.
Heather Butler and Ashia Jones poured in 19 and 18, respectively, but the team as a whole struggled from most spots on the court and couldn't stay strong in the face of a furious comeback.
West Virginia 76, Albany 61
Similar to some of the contests below, the West Virginia Mountaineers jumped out to a massive lead in the first half and took the foot off the gas.
The Mountaineers took a 42-25 advantage into the break before easing off and scoring just 34 more points. Only three players scored in double digits, with Christal Caldwell leading the way with 26 and Bria Holmes close behind with 20.
It was simply a story of missed opportunities for Albany. The great Danes shot a miserable 14-of-29 mark at the charity stripe and connected on just 1-of-6 attempts from deep. A stunning 16 turnovers and 26 personal fouls didn't help either.
LSU 98, Georgia Tech 78
It took a season-high output, but the LSU Tigers were able to move past the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets on Sunday:
Georgia Tech was fueled by 20 points apiece from Sydney Wallace and Tyaunna Marshall, but losing the rebounds battle 57-30 and shooting 18.2 percent from long range doomed the Yellow Jackets.
LSU had five players in double figures by the final gun, led by 24 points from Danielle Ballard and 21 more from Theresa Plaisance.
The Tigers shot 50 percent from the field overall and 40 percent from long range to rather comfortably score the victory.
Michigan State. 91, Hampton 61
Hampton seized a 7-6 lead over Michigan State going into the game's first timeout.
It proved to be the last time the Spartans were behind.
Michigan State jumped out to an shocking 54-22 advantage at halftime, and then hit the auto pilot the rest of the way.
Five Spartans scored in double figures, with Branndis Agee providing a spark off the bench with 10 points. Annalise Pickrel posted 21 points, while Aerial Powers led all score with 26 points.
Hampton was unable to take advantage of 20 Michigan State turnovers, and instead shot 27.2 percent from the field and just 11.1 percent from long range.
No. 3 Penn State. 62, No. 14 Wichita State. 56
That was close.
Despite the seed disparity, observant followers of women's college basketball knew that this bout between two teams with just seven losses each was going to be close.
In the end, Penn State was able to come roaring back from a five-point halftime deficit to pull out the win.
Paul Zeise of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette put it best:
Penn State women survive Wichita State. - that would have been a huge upset. But tourney time only thing that matters is you win— Paul Zeise (@PaulZeise) March 23, 2014
Wichita State had two scorers post double figures, but it mattered little with Penn State owning the boards via a 46-29 advantage.
For the Nittany Lions, three players scored in double figures, led by Maggie Lucas' 22 points.
No. 4 Maryland 90, No. 13 Army 52
Well, the close encounters that kept fans on the edge of their seats didn't start right away.
Maryland, which dominated the ACC with a 12-4 record in the regular season, ran away with this one early, doubling Army's score by halftime with a 44-20 advantage.
Simply put, the Terrapins imposed their will early and often in the paint, as illustrated by ESPN:
Over in the NCAA Women's Tournament, Maryland has big lead on Army thanks to their strong shooting inside the arc: pic.twitter.com/hjoPKVEHZx— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) March 23, 2014
Alyssa Thomas stole the show once again as she posted a double-double with 13 points and 14 rebounds. Her partner in crime was Lexie Brown, who shot a terrific 9-of-11 from the field, including a 3-of-4 mark from downtown, to lead Maryland with 21 points.
Kelsey Minato was the only member of the Black Knights to score in double figures, although she did so in a big way with 27 points. Her team lost the battle on the glass, though, 47-22, which proved to be a crucial factor.
Maryland advances to take on the winner of Texas and Pennsylvania.