Women's NCAA Tournament Bracket Update: North Carolina Advances, Iowa Upset

In the late afternoon bloc of Women's NCAA Tournament games, the North Carolina Tar Heels advanced as expected with a comfortable win over the Fresno State Bulldogs, while both the lower seeds prevailed in the other three games. 

Italee Lucas was UNC's leading scorer, dropping 22 in the Tar Heels' 82-68 win. The Heels played 10 women during the game and they all chipped in to carry the load on the glass, which was a necessity due to Fresno State missing a whopping 50 shots. The Bulldogs attempted 50 shots from behind the arc and converted 28 percent of them, not nearly good enough to force the upset.

The other games featured three upsets, though not colossal ones. Gonzaga defeated Iowa 92-86 thanks to Courtney Vandersloot and Kayla Standish putting up 34 and 30 points respectably. St. John's defeated Texas Tech in a low-scoring matchup that featured poor shooting, picking up a 55-50 win. Temple pulled off possibly the most impressive win of this set of games, beating higher seeded Arizona State very comfortably, 63-45. 

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Dayton Region

No. 1 Tennessee Volunteers def. No. 16 Stetson, 99-34

No. 8 Marquette Golden Eagles def. No. 9 Texas Longhorns, 68-65

No. 5 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets def. No. 12 Bowling Green, 69-58

No. 4 Ohio St. Buckeyes def. No. 13 UCF, 80-69

No. 6 Oklahoma Sooners vs. No. 11 James Madison, Sun., 2:30, Charlottesville

No. 3 Miami Hurricanes vs. No. 14 Gardner-Webb, Sun, noon, Charlottesville

No. 10 Temple Owls def. No. 7 Arizona State Sun Devils, 63-45

No. 2 Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. No. 15 Utah Utes, Sat., 6:30, Salt Lake City

Spokane Region

No. 1 Stanford Cardinal vs. No. 16 UC-Davis, Sat., 6:30 in Stanford

 No. 9 St. John's Red Storm def. No. 8 Texas Tech Red Raiders, 55-50

No. 5 North Carolina Tar Heels def. No. 12 Fresno State Bulldogs, 82-68

No. 4 Kentucky Wildcats vs. No. 13 Hampton, Sat., 6:30 in Albuquerque

No. 11 Gonzaga Bulldogs def. No. 6 Iowa Hawkeyes, 92-86

No. 3 UCLA Bruins vs. No. 14 Montana, Sat., 6:30, in Spokane

No. 7 Louisville Cardinals vs. No. 10 Vanderbilt Commodores, Sun., noon, Cincinnati

No. 2 Xavier Musketeers vs. No. 15 South Dakota State, Sun., 2:30, Cincinnati

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