March S[imulation]adness: Baylor-Indiana highlights Dallas regional

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA - MARCH 07: Grace Berger #34 of the Indiana Hoosiers brings the ball up the court while being guarded by Blair Watson #22 of the Maryland Terrapins during the first quarter at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on March 07, 2020 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA - MARCH 07: Grace Berger #34 of the Indiana Hoosiers brings the ball up the court while being guarded by Blair Watson #22 of the Maryland Terrapins during the first quarter at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on March 07, 2020 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images) /
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A Juicy matchup ahead

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Out in Dallas, the Baylor machine will be difficult to contain. The top seeded Lady Bears moved into the Sweet 16 with a 77-53 defeat of nine seed James Madison, thanks to five threes and 19 points from Juicy Landrum.

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Their next opponent? Five seed Indiana, who provided an instant classic with a 69-67 win over four seed Arizona. Grace Berger scored 19 points, added nine assists, and her scoop layup as time expired silenced the McKale Center crowd in Tucson. The game is a rematch for both teams: Indiana lost to Baylor back on November 29, 77-62.

“We feel confident, having already played Baylor once,” Indiana coach Teri Moren said of the Lady Bears. “We played them very tough. We were down 3 points with under 5 minutes to go. We know we are going to have to protect the inside against them.”

The winner of Baylor-Indiana will get either three seed Northwestern, who received 26 points from Lindsey Pulliam in a 77-62 win over six seed Missouri State, or two seed Stanford, who topped seven seed LSU, 77-60 thanks to five threes and 24 points from Lexie Hull.

Down in Greenville, a mighty task awaits the five seed Princeton Tigers, who went out and beat Iowa, the four seed, at Iowa, avenging their lone loss of the season, behind 28 points and nine boards from Bella Alarie. They’ll take on top seed South Carolina, who made quick work of eight seed Arizona State, 92-51, with floor general Ty Harris registering 14 points and eight assists.

In the other Greenville game, the lone double-digit seed remaining, 11 seed Old Dominion, advanced by taking down three seed N.C. State, 72-67. Victoria Morris was unstoppable for ODU, hitting seven threes and scoring 27 points.

ODU will face UCLA, the two seed, which held on for a narrow 71-68 win over 10 seed Texas, thanks to 19 points and 10 assists from point guard Japreece Dean.

RESULTS

DALLAS REGION

1 Baylor 77, 9 James Madison 53
5 Indiana 69, 4 Arizona 67 Grace
3 Northwestern 77, 6 Missouri State 62
2 Stanford 76, 7 LSU 60

GREENVILLE REGION

1 South Carolina 92, Arizona State 51
5 Princeton 72, 4 Iowa 59
11 Old Dominion 72, NC State 67
2 UCLA 71, 10 Texas 68

SCHEDULE

DALLAS REGION

1 Baylor vs. 5 Indiana

3 Northwestern vs. 2 Stanford

GREENVILLE REGION

1 South Carolina vs. 5 Princeton

11 Old Dominion vs. 2 UCLA

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