Tipping Off: Reaching the Sweet 16 commonplace for UConn (The Associated Press)

Baylor head coach Kim Mulkey motivates fans during the second half of a regional semifinal against Louisville in the NCAA women's college basketball tournament, Friday, March 24, 2017, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Reaching the Sweet 16 seems to be a rite of spring for Geno Auriemma the UConn Huskies. The Huskies will face UCLA on Saturday after Maryland and Oregon play each other in Bridgeport, Connecticut. In the Stockton Regional, No. 1 South Carolina meets the tournament surprise 12th-seeded Quinnipiac.


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Top-seeded South Carolina overwhelms upset-minded Quinnipiac (The Associated Press)

South Carolina forward A'ja Wilson, center, goes to the basket between Quinnipiac's Paula Strautmane, left, and Sarah Shewan during the first half of a regional semi-final round game of the women's 's NCAA college basketball tournament, Saturday, March 25, 2017, in Stockton, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

Kaela Davis, A'ja Wilson and top-seeded South Carolina overpowered NCAA Tournament surprise Quinnipiac from the opening tip, scoring the first 16 points and advancing to the Stockton Regional final by beating the 12th-seeded Bobcats 100-58 on Saturday. Davis scored 28 with five 3-pointers, Wilson added 24 and South Carolina's athleticism and smothering, swarming defense was just too much for Quinnipiac on the Sweet 16 stage. The Bobcats started out 0 for 10 and took more than seven minutes to score as they struggled to get shots off, let alone establish their typically prolific perimeter game.


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UConn advances to regional final with 86-71 win over UCLA (The Associated Press)

Connecticut's Kia Nurse reacts after a basket during the first half of a regional semifinal game against UCLA in the NCAA women's college basketball tournament, Saturday, March 25, 2017, in Bridgeport, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

After watching UConn's NCAA Tournament dominance mostly from the bench for three seasons, Saniya Chong finally made her mark. Chong scored 16 points and came up with big plays on both ends of the court, and the top-seeded Huskies beat UCLA 86-71 on Saturday to advance to the Bridgeport Regional final. ''I was looking at the stat sheet, that's more points tonight than in maybe the three previous NCAA Tournaments combined,'' UConn coach Geno Auriemma said.


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Women's Basketball Polls - Week 19 (Mar 13 - Apr 2)
  • AP Poll
  • 1. Connecticut
  • 2. Notre Dame
  • 3. South Carolina
  • 4. Maryland
  • 5. Baylor
  • 6. Stanford
  • 7. Mississippi State
  • 8. Oregon State
  • 9. Duke
  • 10. Florida State
  • Coaches Poll
  • 1. Connecticut
  • 2. Notre Dame
  • 3. Maryland
  • 4. South Carolina
  • 5. Baylor
  • 6. Stanford
  • 7. Mississippi State
  • 8. Oregon State
  • 9. Duke
  • 10. Ohio State

Notre Dame, Stanford meet for 3rd straight year in NCAA (The Associated Press)

Notre Dame's Arike Ogunbowale (24) shoots between Ohio State's Shayla Cooper (32) and Tori McCoy during a regional semifinal in the women's NCAA college basketball tournament in Lexington, Ky., Friday, March 24, 2017. (AP Photo/James Crisp)

Notre Dame and Stanford have crossed paths so much lately in the NCAA Tournament their looming matchup in the Lexington Regional final seemed almost inevitable. ''My first thought was Ohio State is going to be in our bracket,'' Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw said. Notre Dame has won 17 straight, but getting there required overcoming last Sunday's season-ending knee injury to star forward Brianna Turner.


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Maryland team inspired by 7-year-old with muscular dystrophy (The Associated Press)

Maryland's Kristen Confroy wears a shirt for Ashlyn Barrett, who suffers from muscular dystrophy in the pregame warm-ups before a regional semifinal game against Oregon in the NCAA women's college basketball tournament, Saturday, March 25, 2017, in Bridgeport, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

As Maryland's players prepared for their Sweet 16 game with Oregon they were thinking of a 7-year-old girl they consider a teammate. Ashlyn Barrett suffers from muscular dystrophy and other serious ailments and could not make it to Connecticut from Annapolis, Maryland, for Saturday's game with Oregon. ''This whole organization is just like a big family and we look at Ashlyn like she's our little sister because she is our little sister,'' guard Shatori Walker-Kimbrough said.


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Freshmen lead 10th-seeded Oregon to 77-63 upset of Maryland (The Associated Press)

Oregon's Sabrina Ionescu, second from left, is embraced by teammate Mallory McGwire as she comes off the bench during the second half of a regional semifinal game against Maryland in the NCAA women's college basketball tournament, Saturday, March 25, 2017, in Bridgeport, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

Oregon's young players say they feel excited and loose. Sabrina Ionescu scored 21 points, fellow freshman Ruthy Hebard had 16 and the 10th-seeded Ducks continued their improbable run through the NCAA Tournament with a 77-63 victory over Maryland on Saturday. Oregon (23-13) put five players in double figures on its way to the first regional final in program history.


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