The Texas Longhorns are headed to the Elite 8. Those are words many would have expected to hear about the men’s team, but instead, that statement refers to the women’s team after Sunday Sweet 16 victory for them over the Maryland Terrapins. The 64-61 win was led by Charli Collier’s 16 points and 11 rebounds, allowing the #6 seed to overcome the #2 seed and be the only non-chalk winner on the day. A late steal and layup handed them the lead, and they held on, booking their spot in the final eight.
There, they will be meeting South Carolina. The Gamecocks, a #1 seed, took down #5 Georgia Tech 76-65 as Zia Cooke dropped 17 points for them in the win. A 23-15 third quarter made the biggest difference between the two sides, and it means they will head to a fourth Elite 8 in the last six tournaments. Fellow #1 seed Stanford also handled their business, dismantling #5 seed Missouri State 89-62. Hannah Jump had 17 points and Kiana Williams had 16 to lead the way in a game that was never really even close. The Cardinal’s win sets up a match-up with the Louisville Cardinals. The #2 seed took down #6 Oregon 60-42, allowing double-digit points in just one of the four quarters. Dana Evans scored 29 for them as well, accounting for nearly three-quarters of what the Ducks managed as a team.