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Parker pushes Vols into next round

The Associated Press

Candace Parker had 30 points and 12 rebounds and the Lady Vols won on Pittsburgh’s home court 68-54 to advance to the NCAA round of 16 for a 26th consecutive season.

Sidney Spencer helped Parker slow down Pitt’s muscular Marcedes Walker and scored 11 points, and Nicky Anosike and Shannon Bobbitt added 10 points each as Tennessee (30-3) remained the only team to reach the final 16 in every season of the tournament’s 26-year history.

Next up for the Lady Vols is 13th-seeded Marist.

Walker had 19 points and nine rebounds for Pittsburgh (24-9). Shavonte Zellous added 18 points.

Fresno Regional

North Carolina State 78, Baylor 72, OT: At Raleigh, N.C., Khadijah Whittington scored 15 of her career-high 23 points after
halftime to extend the fourth-seeded Wolfpack’s emotional season.

The win gave Hall of Fame coach Kay Yow her first trip to the NCAA tournament’s round of 16 in six years, sending the Wolfpack (25-9) to a matchup with the Connecticut-Wisconsin-Green Bay winner. N.C. State has won 12 of 14 since Yow returned from a 16-game leave to concentrate on her cancer treatment.

Bernice Mosby scored 26 points to lead the fifth-seeded Lady Bears (26-8), who were trying to reach the round of 16 for the fourth straight year.

Greensboro Regional

Duke 62, Temple 52: At Raleigh, N.C., Lindsey Harding had 13 of her 18 points in the first half and the top-seeded Blue Devils advanced to the round of 16 for the 10th straight year.

Wanisha Smith scored 15 points and Carrem Gay added 13 points and 11 rebounds for Duke (32-1), which blew most of a big early lead and pulled away late to beat the eighth-seeded Owls.

Fatima Maddox scored 18 points for the Owls (25-8), who closed the season with losses in three of five.

Rutgers 70, Michigan State 57: At East Lansing, Mich., Kia Vaughn had 12 of her 16 points in the first half and fourth-seeded Rutgers won on the Spartans’ home court.

As a reward, the Scarlet Knights (24-8) play top-seeded Duke Blue Devils (32-1) Saturday in Greensboro, N.C. — about 50 miles from their campus.

Victoria Lucas-Perry scored 17, Rene Haynes had 14 points and Aisha Jefferson added 13 for the Spartans (24-9).

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