BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — Bria Hartley scored 13 of her 16 points in the first half, and top-seeded Connecticut set a women’s NCAA Tournament record for fewest points allowed in a 72-26 victory over Kansas State on Monday night.
Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis added 15 points and Kiah Stokes had a career-high 13 for the Huskies (31-4), who advanced to play Penn State or Louisiana State in Kingston, R.I., on Sunday in the regional semifinals. It’s the 19th season in a row that UConn has made it to the round of 16.
Eighth-seeded Kansas State (20-14) was trying to make it that far for the first time since 2002. The Wildcats were no match for the Huskies, unable to surpass the previous tournament low of 27 points scored by Southern against Duke in 2006.
Brittany Chambers had 11 points to lead the Wildcats, who went 11 minutes in the first half without a point.
MARYLAND 72, LOUISVILLE 68
In College Park, Md., Laurin Mincy scored 24 points and Tianna Hawkins had 15 points and 14 rebounds as Maryland squeezed past Louisville to reach the round of 16.
The Terrapins trailed 64-59 with six minutes left before closing with a 13-4 run and limiting Louisville to only one field goal.
Maryland (30-4) will face the winner of Monday night’s late game between defending champion Texas A&M and Arkansas. The Terrapins charge into Sunday’s regional semifinal riding a nine-game winning streak.
Shoni Schimmel scored 22 points and Shawnta’ Dyer had 17 for the Cardinals (23-10). Louisville had a chance to tie in the closing seconds before Mincy blocked a shot by Becky Burke.
Burke, who came in averaging 11.7 points, finished with five.
STANFORD 72, WEST VIRGINIA 55
In Norfolk, Va., freshman guard Amber Orrange scored a career-high 18 points as Stanford beat West Virginia in the second round.
Nnemkadi Ogwumike added 16 points and Chiney Ogwumike finished with 13 for the Cardinal (33-1), who easily stretched their school-record winning streak to 30 games. The sisters were hampered by foul trouble, but Orrange helped out with seven rebounds and five assists.
Ayana Dunning led the Mountaineers (24-10) with 14 points and Asya Buassie had 11, but West Virginia shot just 31 percent.
The Cardinal were leading 16-12 when Nnemkadi Ogwumike’s two free throws sparked a 17-0 run.