Four trips to the Elite Eight were up for grabs Friday night as the 2018 women’s NCAA tournament continued. Below, we’ll break down each contest.
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Mississippi def. NC State, 71-57
The No. 1 Mississippi State Bulldogs cruised into the Elite Eight, knocking off the No. 4 NC State Wolfpack, 71-57, behind an incredible performance from Teaira McCowan.
The Bulldogs star put up 24 points, 15 rebounds, four blocks and a steal. Morgan William came up big as well, notching 13 points, eight assists and two blocks.
ESPN’s Women’s Hoops highlighted just how special her performance was:
That spoiled a solid night from Kiara Leslie, who kept things respectable for the Wolfpack with 27 points and six rebounds. While the Bulldogs had four players in double digits, only Leslie did so for NC State, which shot just 38.5 percent from the field.
The Wolfpack trailed just 36-31 at the half, but Mississippi State pulled away for good in the third quarter, outscoring NC State 22-10 in the frame.
Basketball writer Mechelle Voepel kept her eye on the action:
The Bulldogs will face the winner of the No. 2 Texas Longhorns versus the No. 3 UCLA Bruins on Sunday night, with a trip to the Final Four hanging in the balance.
Oregon State def. Baylor, 72-67
The No. 6 Oregon State Beavers continued their march through the madness, knocking off another top program with a 72-67 victory over the No. 2 Baylor Lady Bears.
It was the Beavers’ second straight upset after they knocked off No. 3 Tennessee in the second round, and Marie Gulich led the way. The star center scored 26 points to go along with nine rebounds and three steals.
Oregon State also shot well from distance, hitting nine of 20 shots from three (45 percent).
Baylor star Kalani Brown did all she could to keep her team dancing, going for 19 points, 10 rebounds and two steals. The Lady Bears’ lack of depth and balance showed, however, as only five of their players scored.
The loss ended a 30-game winning streak.
Oregon State now awaits the winner of the No. 1 Louisville Cardinals versus the No. 4 Stanford Cardinal for a trip to the Final Four.