Georgetown knows all about Maya Moore and Connecticut's rich postseason history, and the Hoyas were determined to rock the bracket with one of the NCAA tournament's biggest upsets in history Sunday.
Backed into a corner, Moore got some help from fellow senior Lorin Dixon and the Huskies responded.
Moore had 23 points and 14 rebounds, leading top-seeded Connecticut to a 68-63 win after the fifth-seeded Hoyas led by seven in the second half of their regional semifinal in Philadelphia.
“Me and Maya decided we didn’t want our careers to end here today,” Dixon said. “That’s just a great feeling. I think everyone wanted to continue the tournament.”
While Moore put up the numbers, Dixon was the catalyst for the game-changing run. Two-time defending national champion UConn (35-1) trailed 53-46 with 9:36 left, but responded with a 16-2 run sparked by the 5-foot-4 guard.
“Today was a great reflection of what she’s been doing for the last month for every single day,” UConn coach Geno Auriemma said of Dixon, who finished with four points, four assists and four steals.
Monica McNutt had 17 points and three assists for Georgetown (24-11).
“Our program is on the rise,” McNutt said. “We’re past moral victories. We should be in the Elite Eight.”
It was Auriemma’s 80th victory in the NCAA tournament, moving him into second on the career wins list for men or women. Tennessee coach Pat Summitt is tops with 109, and Duke men’s coach Mike Krzyzewski is third with 79 victories.
Baylor 86, Wisconsin-Green Bay 76: Brittney Griner, a 6-foot-8 sophomore center, had a career-high 40 points with 10 rebounds as the top-seeded Bears (34-2) held of the fifth-seeded Phoenix (34-2) in Dallas.
Griner was 15-for-21 from the field and made all 10 of her free throws.
“I don’t think about it too much, how much I scored,” Griner said. “When I’m feeling it in a game, it’s just something that comes over you. If I’m feeling it, I’m just going to keep going until I can’t, until somebody else starts in, and then I’m going to get the ball to them.”
Kayla Tetschlag led Green Bay with 27 points and 10 rebounds.
Duke 70, DePaul 63: Karima Christmas had 23 points and nine rebounds as the second-seeded Blue Devils (32-3) beat the 29-7 Blue Demons in Philadelphia.
Deirde Naughton had 17 points for No. 3 seed DePaul.
Texas A&M 79, Georgia 38: Danielle Adams had 23 points and 14 rebounds and the second-seeded Aggies (30-5) raced to a 27-2 lead in the rout over the sixth-seeded Bulldogs (23-11) in Dallas.
Jasmine James scored 10 points for Georgia.
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