NCAA Women’s Tournament: UConn, Belmont, Princeton Advance

Jackson State entered the game with a tie for the longest active winning streak in Division I women’s basketball. The team faced Baylor, then also coached by Kim Mulkey, at last year’s tournament – an explanation possible of the effectiveness of their game plan.

Jackson State’s 3-point shooting, particularly four timely 3-pointers from junior Miya Crump, has kept Jackson State in the game, but it’s the inside effort of the Southern Conference Player of the Year. west Ameshya Williams-Holliday who gave Jackson State their advantage through much of the fourth quarter.

Louisiana State’s sharp guard play, particularly Jailin Cherry, who had a career-high 24 points, helped the team come back just in time — and delayed a particular women’s tournament milestone.

For the third time in NCAA women’s tournament history, an Ivy League team has won a game. For the second time, this team is Princeton.

The Tigers picked up a win for the first time since 2015 as the No. 11 seed, despite competing against a nominally formidable opponent: a sixth-seeded Kentucky team that had just toppled the top team in the nation. , South Carolina, to win the Southeast. Conference tournament.

The Tigers took over early in their game on Saturday, however, thanks in large part to the fearless play of senior guard Abby Meyers, who finished with 29 points. Meyers and teammate Kaitlyn Chen set the tone, performing graceful counterfeits and muscled in front of a Kentucky team that seemed to be constantly on the lookout for rude calls that never came.

Rhyne Howard, Kentucky’s top player and a draft first-round WNBA draft pick, attempted to respond, but her efforts were in vain. She only made 4 of her 14 field attempts and, along with her teammates, seemed generally bewildered by the Tigers defense. Dre’una Edwards, who hit the buzzer shot that won Kentucky their conference title, finished the game with 16 points and 12 rebounds.

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