STANFORD — Rosalyn Gold-Onwude single-handedly sparked top-seeded Stanford right into the Sacramento Regional semifinals — and the fifth-year senior earned a rousing standing ovation to celebrate her career night when she finally took a seat with 6:52 left.
She waved in all directions as she ran off the court to more cheers after the game.
Gold-Onwude hit a career-high seven 3-pointers on the way to a career-best 26 points, and top-seeded Stanford shot a sizzling 68.8 percent in the first half and rolled into next weekend’s Sacramento Regional semifinals with a 96-67 victory over eighth-seeded Iowa on Monday night.
Gold-Onwude knew this game was going to be about the guards and 3-point shooting — and boy did she come to play. The Cardinal made their first nine shots from long range before JJ Hones’ miss with 3:21 left before halftime.
Nnemkadi Ogwumike added 23 points, nine rebounds and seven assists in Stanford’s 24th straight victory since its lone loss at undefeated defending champion Connecticut back on Dec. 23.
Gold-Onwude shot 9 for 13 — 7 of 9 on 3-pointers — in saving one of her best games yet for the biggest stage. Stanford wound up 11 of 18 from 3-point range and shot 56.3 percent from the field overall.
The Cardinal (33-1) also got 16 points, seven rebounds and two blocks from center Jayne Appel and produced their highest-scoring half of the season in taking a commanding 61-34 lead at the break, thrilling most of the nearly packed house at Maples Pavilion. Stanford won its 46th straight home game.
Kachine Alexander scored a career-high 27 points on 11-for-16 shooting to lead Iowa (20-14), which shot 7 for 23 on 3s after making 10 in a hard-fought first-round win over Rutgers — the Hawkeyes’ first time advancing since 2002. Jaime Printy’s airball 3 attempt midway through the second half summed up the night for Iowa, the Big Ten tournament runner-up.
Gold-Onwude knocked down back-to-back 3s to start a 21-2 first-half run that put Stanford ahead 45-18, then Iowa responded with a 9-0 burst only to see Gold-Onwude score five straight points moments later.
No. 7 Gonzaga 72, No. 2 Texas A&M 71
SEATTLE — Vivian Frieson scored 23 points, including the game-winning 12-footer with 17 seconds left, to lead Gonzaga.
With West Coast Conference MVP Courtney Vandersloot having fouled out, the Bulldogs (29-4) went to Frieson, their senior leader.
No. 5 Georgia 74, No. 4 Oklahoma State 71, OT
TEMPE, Ariz. — Freshman Jasmine James scored 14 of her career-high 27 points in overtime to lead Georgia (25-8),Andrea Riley, the nation’s No. 3 scorer at 26.6 points per game, returned from a one-game suspension to score 31 for Oklahoma State (24-11).
No. 1 Tennessee 92, Dayton 64
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Alicia Manning scored a career-high 17 points and had 10 rebounds for Tennessee (32-2), which will make its 28th appearance in the regional semifinals, this time playing 350 miles from home in Memphis.
Dayton (25-8) was tasked with playing it’s second all-time NCAA Tournament game in front of about 10,000 orange-clad fans on the court named for Tennessee coach Pat Summitt.
No. 2 Duke 60, No. 7 LSU 52
DURHAM, N.C. — Jasmine Thomas scored 15 points to help Duke pull away late and beat LSU.
Bridgette Mitchell scored 12 points for the Blue Devils (29-5).
No. 4 Baylor 49, No. 5 Georgetown 33
BERKELEY — Brittney Griner blocked an NCAA Tournament record 14 shots in a horrid offensive game for both teams, leading Baylor to a victory over Georgetown (26-7).
Griner broke the mark Pauline Jordan of UNLV set against Colorado in 1989 to help Baylor (25-9) advanced to play top-seeded Tennessee (32-2).
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No. 4 Kentucky 70, No. 5 Michigan State 52
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Victoria Dunlap scored 21 points to lead fourth-seeded Kentucky (27-7) into the regional semifinals for the first time in 28 years.
No. 3 Florida State 66, No. 6 St. John’s 65, OT
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Jacinta Monroe scored Florida State’s final four points of regulation to spark a last-ditch rally, then scored the game winner with 28.9 seconds left for the Seminoles (28-5).