Player of the Night
Maryland's Marissa Coleman went off for 18 points and 18 rebounds. Oklahoma's Danielle Robinson tallied 17 points and seven assists on a night when teammate Courtney Paris failed to hit double figures in points. Angel McCoughtry netted 28 points for Louisville, Renee Montgomery scored 25 for UConn and Kelli Griffin hit what was likely the shot of the night, as her floater from outside the lane with 0.5 seconds left lifted Baylor past South Dakota State.
But Michigan State guard Mia Johnson
(who's first name is pronounced like Maya
Moore, not Mia
Hamm) gets the nod for coming up with her biggest performance of the season when it mattered most. The redshirt senior, who has started 15 of MSU's 30 games this season, entered Tuesday's second-round battle with Duke averaging just 3.8 points. But she led the Spartans' upset effort with a season-high 17 points. It was just the third time this season Johnson has scored in double figures.
Johnson, who had one turnover, also was a big part of Michigan State committing just 14 giveaways against Duke's defense. Said Spartans coach Suzy Merchant: "Against pressure like Duke's, you have to have someone to calm the waters, and that's what Mia Johnson did."
Johnson also had the best quote of the night. When asked about hitting two crucial layups late against Duke, she said, "I really don't think they respected my dribble drive and, honestly, I probably wouldn't, either." -- Melanie Jackson
SportsCenter Highlight of the Night
NCAA tournament second-round scores
Michigan State 63, Duke 49
Baylor 60, South Dakota State 58
Iowa State 71, Ball State 57
Maryland 71, Utah 56
Louisville 62, LSU 52
• OKLAHOMA CITY
Oklahoma 69, Georgia Tech 50
Connecticut 87, Florida 59
Texas A&M 73, Minnesota 42
For the complete scoreboard, click here.
UConn reaches 16th Sweet 16
Sweet 16 schedule
(All times Eastern)
• RALEIGH: SATURDAY
No. 3 Louisville vs. No. 2 Baylor (ESPN, noon)
No. 4 Vanderbilt vs. No. 1 Maryland (ESPN, 2)
• BERKELEY: SATURDAY
No. 9 Michigan St. vs. No. 4 Iowa St. (ESPN, 9)
No. 3 Ohio St. vs. No. 2 Stanford (ESPN2, 11:30)
• TRENTON: SUNDAY
No. 4 California vs. No. 1 UConn (ESPN, noon)
No. 6 ASU vs. No. 2 Texas A&M (ESPN2, 2:30)
• OKLAHOMA CITY: SUNDAY
No. 7 Rutgers vs. No. 6 Purdue (ESPN2, 7:30)
No. 4 Pitt vs. No. 1 Oklahoma (ESPN2, 9:30)
All games also available on ESPN360.com. For the full schedule, click here.
Coleman, Toliver lead Terps past Utah
Participants in the Women's Tournament Challenge might not have expected ninth-seeded Michigan State to be the team that ousted top-seeded Duke. But the Blue Devils weren't exactly a popular pick when it came to predicting how far the 1-seeds would go.
Just 17 percent of all brackets submitted picked all four No. 1 seeds to reach the Final Four in St. Louis. Duke was the least-picked 1-seed to win it all -- 3.3 percent, compared to UConn's 64 percent, Maryland's 8.4 percent and Oklahoma's 8 percent tallies.
Stanford, the second seed behind Duke in the Berkeley Regional, is the most popular 2-seed voted to win it all, at 2.8 percent. -- ESPN.com
Buzzer-beater lifts 2-seed Baylor