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The 2018 NCAA women’s basketball tournament rolled on Saturday with the second set of Sweet 16 games to determine the regional finalists for the Albany and Spokane sections of the bracket.
Connecticut, which is trying to complete its third undefeated season in the past five years, and reigning national champion South Carolina headlined the action. It also featured two of the event’s Cinderella teams, MAC counterparts Buffalo and Central Michigan.
Let’s check out Saturday’s schedule and results, which will be updated through the conclusion of play. That’s followed by a look toward the Elite Eight slate and a recap of the action.
Saturday’s Sweet 16 Results
Albany Region: (2) South Carolina 79, (11) Buffalo 63
Albany Region: (1) Connecticut 72, (5) Duke 59
Spokane Region: (1) Notre Dame vs. (4) Texas A&M – 4 p.m. ET
Spokane Region: (2) Oregon vs. (11) Central Michigan – 6:30 p.m. ET
Updated Elite Eight Schedule
Lexington Region: (1) Louisville vs. (6) Oregon State – 12 p.m. ET
Kansas City Region: (1) Mississippi State vs. (3) UCLA – 7:30 p.m. ET
Albany Region: (1) Connecticut vs. (2) South Carolina – 7 p.m. ET
Spokane Region: TBD vs. TBD – 9 p.m. ET
South Carolina 79, Buffalo 63
Buffalo reached the Sweet 16 with impressive upsets of South Florida and Florida State by a combined 44 points. The Bulls couldn’t contain the size and talent of South Carolina, however. A’ja Wilson led the way for the Gamecocks once again with 20 points, 13 rebounds and three blocks.
Alexis Jennings added 20 points and nine boards for South Carolina, which won the rebounding battle 48-21, including 16 offensive boards. The SEC postseason champs attempted just five three-pointers in the contest as they seemingly got any look they wanted on the interior en route to 50.8 percent shooting.
Cierra Dillard was outstanding for UB in the loss. The junior guard tallied 29 points, six assists, six steals and three rebounds. She didn’t get nearly enough help as nobody else on the Bulls reached double figures in scoring, and they shot 35.3 percent from the field as a team.
Camdyn Ames of the Upstate Sports Zone showcased the Buffalo players thanking fans at the conclusion of their memorable run:
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Buffalo players thank fans after falling to South Carolina 79-63. https://t.co/T6PqkNdnv6
Meanwhile, South Carolina will likely spend its off day focused on how to limit turnovers after giving the ball up 26 times in Saturday’s win.