Women’s March Madness: Maryland, Virginia Tech advance to Sweet Sixteen

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With March Madness for women’s basketball underway, two D.C. area teams are vying for a spot in the Sweet 16.

March Madness for women’s basketball is three days in, and two D.C. region teams clinched their spots for the Sweet 16.

The Virginia Tech Hokies took care of business against South Dakota State to get their second Sweet 16 appearance in the school’s history.

The University of Maryland Terrapins were in a tough battle against Arizona, but took control in the second half to beat the Wildcats.

Here’s what you need to know about day three for local teams in the NCAA women’s basketball tournament.

Virginia Tech

Seattle Regional 3 Bracket: No. 1 Virginia Tech (28-4) defeats No. 9 South Dakota State, 72-60

The Virginia Tech Hokies had a fairly easy time in their 25-point win against Chattanooga, where they led wire-to-wire, including a 17-0 scoring run between the first and second quarters. They were led by Georgia Amoore (22 points and five pointers) and Elizabeth Kitley (12 points and 14 rebounds).

They’re on a 13 game winning streak, beating the South Dakota State Jackrabbits 72-60.

Elizabeth Kitley added 14 points and 14 rebounds for the Hokies (29-4), who won their 13th consecutive game, to advance to the Sweet 16 for just the second time in program history. They will play the winner of Monday’s matchup between No. 12 seed Toledo and No. 4 seed Tennessee.

The Jackrabbits were led by Myah Selland, who scored 29 points in the opening round.

Head coach Kenny Brooks said, after the team’s first round victory, that the goal is to “survive and advance.”


Greenville Regional 1 Bracket: No. 2 Maryland (26-6) defeats No. 7 Arizona (22-9), 77-64

Another team trying to survive and advance is the Maryland Terrapins, who are coming off their tournament opening demolition of Holy Cross 93-61. They led the entire game and never looked back. The Terrapins top scorers were Brinae Alexander (18 points), Abby Meyers (16 points) Diamond Miller and Shyann Sellers (13 points apiece).

The Terrapins (27-6) advance to the Sweet 16 for a third straight year and the 11th time under coach Brenda Frese. Maryland trailed by a point after two quarters but ran past the Wildcats (22-10) in the second half.

Maryland advances to face third-seeded Notre Dame in the regional semifinals on Saturday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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