2022 NCAA Women’s Tournament best moments: Notre Dame, NC State roll

The second round of the 2022 edition NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament ends on Monday, but not before some of the biggest names in college basketball take to the court.

There were two huge upsets in the first slate of second-round games on Sunday, and the high-profile battles continued with 1-seeded NC State dropping No. 9 Kansas State in a blowout at Raleigh, in North Carolina.

After that, Michigan’s No. 3 beat No. 11 Villanova, Tennessee’s No. 4 escaped Belmont’s No. 12, and Oklahoma’s No. 4 was humiliated by Notre-Dame’s No. 5. Dame in a record blowout of 108-64.

A matchup between No. 2 UConn and No. 7 UCF highlights the slate tonight.

Here are the best moments from Monday’s Round of 16.

#3 USL against #6 ohio state

Rikki Harris only made one field goal in the first half, but it was crucial to give Ohio State the breathing room it needed to take a 34-26 halftime lead.

#3 Indiana against #11 Princeton

Indiana and Princeton traded baskets early on, with neither team able to create much separation. But separation hasn’t been a problem for Ali Patberg when scoring this bucket.

Indiana kept its foot on the accelerator, extending its lead to 14 points in the third quarter.

No. 4 Tennessee 70, No. 12 Belmont 67

When you’re the underdog, you’ll need a little luck to upset a seed. That might be the best way to describe this 3-pointer who benefited Belmont.

But as the game progressed, Tennessee was able to impose its will, opening a 12-point lead in the third quarter.

Belmont responded with his own run, making a play going into the fourth quarter.

Belmont was able to take the lead late, but Tennessee responded with less than a minute left behind a Sara Puckett 3-pointer.

That would prove enough for Tennessee to hold off Belmont and sneak out of the Round of 16 with a win to head to the Sweet 16.

No. 5 Notre Dame 108, No. 4 Oklahoma 64

After Notre Dame started things off on a high with an 11-0 run early in the first, the Irish completely took control of the quarter with a monster 26-5 run with plenty of help from guard Olivia miles.

Just like that, Oklahoma found themselves down 35-12 heading into the second.

Dara Mabrey was on fire in the first half, forcing five 3-pointers and scoring 17 points to give Notre Dame a 60-25 halftime lead.

Notre Dame’s offensive onslaught didn’t slow down in the second half, with contributions seemingly coming from every player who touched down. Olivia Miles displayed her impeccable vision of the pitch on this assist to push Notre Dame even further.

Maya Dodson had some fun late in the third quarter as the Fighting Irish continued to earn a dominating win over the Sooners.

No. 3 Michigan 64, No. 11 Villanova 49

Michigan forward Naz Hillmon was the star of the show in Game 1, keeping the Wolverines momentum going.

Villanova also held firm, going 7 for 16 from the field and 2 for 8 from range in the first quarter to lead by three going into the second.

Maddy Siegrist provided a consistent scoring threat for Villanova in the first half, scoring eight points on a series of buckets like this.

But much like the start of the game, Naz Hillmon was too late as she helped close the door on Villanova and push Michigan into the Sweet 16.

No. 1 NC State 89, No. 9 Kansas State 57

Things got off to a good start with straight 3-point jumpers from K-State’s Serena Sundell and NC State’s Raina Perez. Wildcats center Ayoka Lee let nothing pass as NC State made a field goal play.

It was a four-point game late in the first quarter, with NC State leading after trailing half the frame.

The Wolfpack retreated in the second, continuing a 12-0 run while setting up a defensive clinic – holding the Wildcats to just 38% shooting with seven total turnovers forced in the first half.

NC State beat K-State 26-14 in the second quarter and holds a double-digit lead at the break.

Perez (10), Kayla Jones (nine) and Camille Hobby (eight) lead the scoring charge for NC State.

It was more or less the same in the second half, as NC State continued to pour it on the Wildcats.

By the time the fourth quarter rolled around, NC State had all but secured a spot in its fourth straight Sweet 16.

It wasn’t all bad news for K-State, as Lee’s fourth-quarter performance etched his name in the record books.


No. 2 UConn vs #7 UCF (9 p.m. ET)

Number 4 Arizona against #5 North Carolina (10 p.m. ET)

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