After a rare early loss in the NCAAs last year, it's back to business as usual for Tennessee.
Alicia Manning scored a career-high 17 points and had 10 rebounds to help No. 1-seeded Lady Vols beat eighth-seeded Dayton 92-64 in the second round of the women's NCAA Tournament Monday night at Knoxville.
Tennessee (32-2) will make its 28th appearance in the regional semifinals Saturday, this time playing 350 miles from home in Memphis.
The Lady Vols' lone absence from the round of 16 in the tournament's 29-year history came after last season's loss 71-55 to Ball State in the opening round.
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Dayton (25-8), which managed to rally from an 18-point deficit in its 67-66 win over TCU in the first round, was tasked with playing only its second NCAA tournament game in front of about 10,000 orange-clad fans on the court named for Tennessee Coach Pat Summitt.
A three-point play by Shekinna Stricklen launched a 17-2 scoring run for Tennessee. The Lady Vols had their way under their basket, hitting wide-open shots from the perimeter and slashing the lane to take easy layups.
Manning cut through the paint to hit a layup that gave Tennessee a 19-4 run with 13:31 left in the first half. Taber Spani, who was 4-for-4 in the first half, sank a smooth three from the sideline to push Tennessee's lead to 23 points, and the Lady Vols entered halftime with a 50-30 lead.
Brittany Wilson, a freshman from Manual who hit the Flyers' game-winning shot against TCU, had six points and two rebounds.
Duke 60, Louisiana State 52: Duke spent the night playing takeaway with LSU — first the ball, then the game. Jasmine Thomas scored 15 points to help Duke pull away late and beat the visiting Tigers.
Bridgette Mitchell scored 12 points for the Blue Devils (29-5), who went ahead to stay on Thomas' layup with 3½ minutes left. The typically sure-handed Tigers (21-10) matched a season high with 22 turnovers and had one field goal in the final four minutes.
Allison Hightower had 19 points and LaSondra Barrett added 12 for LSU. Katherine Graham hit two free throws with 3:49 left to give the Tigers their last lead at 47-46.
No. 3 Florida State 66, No. 6 St. John's 65 (OT): Jacinta Monroe wasn't ready for her Florida State career to end.
And the Seminoles never needed her more, either.
Monroe scored host Florida State's final four points of regulation to spark a last-ditch rally, then scored the game-winner with 28.9 seconds left. The game had 19 ties and 19 lead changes.
Monroe scored a game-high 16 points for Florida State (28-5), which got 15 from Alysha Harvin and 10 each from Chasity Clayton and Alexa Deluzio.
Griffin, Nebraska get ready for UCLA
Kelsey Griffin and the top-seeded Cornhuskers are on the cusp of their first appearance in the NCAA regional semifinals.
To get there, Nebraska will have to get past UCLA and its vexing defense in a second-round game Tuesday night at Williams Arena on the University of Minnesota campus.
The winner of that game on Sunday will play Kentucky, which defeated Michigan State on Monday night.
Nebraska (31-1) is the first team to finish the Big 12 regular season without a loss.
The Cornhuskers are led by Griffin, who was recently named the Big 12 Player of the Year, and Connie Yori, who was named the WBCA Coach of the Year for NCAA Division I on Monday.