LEXINGTON, Ky. — Aggressive rebounding and timely baskets certainly helped sixth-seeded Oregon State against No. 2 seed Baylor.
More impressive was the Beavers' poise throughout as they handed the Lady Bears their first loss since November and earned a second Elite Eight appearance in three seasons.
Marie Gulich had 26 points, Kat Tudor added 16 and Oregon State shot 58 percent in the second half to upset Baylor 72-67 on Friday night in the women's NCAA Tournament Lexington Region semifinal. The Beavers will face Louisville on Sunday for a spot in the Final Four.
Two years after upsetting Baylor in the Dallas Region final, Oregon State (26-7) followed up with a steady performance to improve to 4-0 against Baylor while ending its 30-game winning streak. The Beavers had to withstand nine consecutive points by Alexis Morris that got the Lady Bears (33-2) to 69-67 with 42 seconds remaining before Katie McWilliams' left-corner 3-pointer 30 seconds later provided a five-point edge.
That pivotal shot typified a night in which OSU stuck with the game plan and didn't flinch for the brief times it trailed.
Louisville 86, Stanford 59
LEXINGTON, Ky. — Asia Durr had 24 points, Myisha Hines-Allen added 17 and top-seeded Louisville rolled past No. 4 seed Stanford in the women's NCAA Tournament Lexington Region semifinal.
Arica Carter had 13 points and Jazmine Jones 10 for the Cardinals (35-2), who trailed for just 53 seconds to win their 10th consecutive game and advance to their first regional final since 2014. Louisville thrived offensively, shooting 52 percent and building a lead that reached 27 points with 1:24 remaining to finish their third consecutive NCAA Tournament rout.
Hines made 8 of 15 baskets and surpassed 2,000 career points. The senior forward also grabbed five rebounds.
Brittany McPhee had 15 points and Dijonai Carrington 14 for Stanford, which hoped to upset a tournament top seed for the third straight March in Lexington after knocking out Notre Dame the previous two years.
Mississippi State 71, North Carolina State 57
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — North Carolina State tried to push Teaira McCowan off the block, then tried double-teaming the Mississippi State star, before ultimately trying to deny her the ball altogether.
None of it worked.
McCowan still scored 24 points on perfect shooting, pulled down 15 rebounds and generally made life miserable for the Wolfpack, and helped the top-seeded Bulldogs breeze to a win and a spot in the Elite Eight of the women's NCAA Tournament.
McCowan didn't do it alone, though.
Victoria Vivians added 14 points, Morgan William had 13 and Roshunda Johnson finished with 12, helping the (35-1) break their school record for wins in a season.
They'll have a chance to add to it Sunday, when they face second-seeded UCLA for a spot in the Bulldogs' second consecutive Final Four.
UCLA 84, Texas 75
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Jordin Canada scored 22 points, putting second-seeded UCLA on her back in the fourth quarter, and the Bruins beat Texas to avenge a Sweet 16 loss to the Longhorns two years ago.
Monique Billings added 17 points and Kennedy Burke had 15 for the Bruins (27-7). They finally made it to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament after falling a game short the past two seasons.
They'll face top-seeded Mississippi State on Sunday night for their first Final Four trip.
Ariel Atkins had 20 points and Jatarie White had 17 for the No. 3 seed Longhorns (28-7), who kept falling into deep holes, slowly digging their way out and then letting UCLA pull away once more.
Texas made one last charge when it got back-to-back 3-pointers from Atkins and Alecia Sutton to close within 76-72 with less than 2 minutes left. But Burke answered with a layup for UCLA, and Canada's jumper with just under a minute to go helped put the game away.