March Madness continues to live up to its name. On Sunday, No. 1 seed Stanford was the first of the top seeds to be knocked out of the women’s tournament after a 54-49 loss to No. 8 Ole Miss. As the Sweet 16 heats up, here’s a recap of the women’s NCAA tournament so far.
THE REBELS SHOCK 1-SEED STANFORD 😱@OleMissWBB advances to its first Sweet 16 in 16 years 👏 pic.twitter.com/tmDEX84yFE
— ESPN (@espn) March 20, 2023
Down Go the Cardinal
The Stanford Cardinal women’s basketball team is a frequenter in the final four. This year, things shifted drastically for the Cardinal.
With the help of senior Angel Baker, she paved the way for the Rebels with 13 points on the board. Alongside Baker, teammates Marquesha Davis and Madison Scott added an additional 12 and 11 points, respectively.
Queeeeee for Threeeeee 👌 pic.twitter.com/xQjBKNGzP7
— Ole Miss Women's BB (@OleMissWBB) March 20, 2023
This monumental victory against Stanford marks Ole Miss’s first time reaching the Sweet 16 in 16 years. Next up, the Rebels will face either No. 4 seed Texas or No. 5 seed Louisville in the next round.
LSU Steamrolls Michigan
After taking down No. 6 Michigan 66-42, the LSU Tigers managed to avoid a repeat of last year’s disappointing end.
With 25 points and 24 rebounds, Angel Reese recorded her 30th double-double of the season. Alexis Morris and LaDazhia Williams also got into double-double figures. Jasmine Carson brought in nine points of her own, all coming from three-pointers.
A sweet, sweet victory 🍭#GeauxTigers pic.twitter.com/jvXoffHp7x
— LSU Women's Basketball (@LSUwbkb) March 20, 2023
Utah Holds Down Princeton
Utah successfully took down Princeton 63-56 on their home court. The Utes now move on to their third Sweet 16 in school history.
Junior Alissa Pili lead the Utes, scoring 28 points, 10 rebounds, and three assists. Sophomore Jenna Johnson added an additional 15 points and six rebounds as well. Utah was able to capture and hold on to a strong lead throughout the first quarter all the way until the end. LSU had managed to cut the lead to two points during the fourth quarter but was unsuccessful in holding it as Utah pulled away.
.@UtahWBB went UNDEFEATED at home this season! 16-0! 🙌🙌🙌
Thanks, Ute fans for an amazing home season! YOU make the difference!
On to Greenville and the Sweet 16!#GoUtes pic.twitter.com/OhTvzB3diW
— Utah Athletics (@utahathletics) March 20, 2023
The Sweet 16 will begin Friday and run until Saturday. Then, the Elite Eight will take place on Sunday and Monday. Finally, the Final Four will commence the following weekend in Dallas, Texas.