For UCLA, missed shots are merely part of the game. What really matters is what the Bruins do after the ball clangs off the rim.
UCLA snagged a whopping 27 offensive rebounds against No. 3-seed Maryland and squeezed out an 85-80 victory Monday night in College Park, Md., to earn its fourth consecutive berth in the Sweet 16.
UCLA compensated for 36 percent shooting by scoring 27 second-chance points.
“We’re not a great shooting team. We don’t rely on the 3-point shot. We don’t have shooters like some of the ones Maryland has,” head coach Cori Close said. “But you know that if you happen to miss, someone’s got your back.”
Michaela Onyenwere scored a career-high 30 points and Japreece Dean added 22 for the sixth seeded Bruins (22-12). Lajahna Drummer snagged eight offensive rebounds and Onyenwere had six.
UCLA next faces second-seeded UConn (33-2) on Friday in the Sweet 16.
Oregon St. 76, Gonzaga 70: Mikayla Pivec had 19 points, 11 rebounds and six assists, and the fourth-seeded Beavers (26-7) withstood the fifth-seeded Zags in Corvallis, Ore. Oregon State will travel across country to Albany, N.Y., to face top-seeded Louisville. Zykera Rica finished with 20 points for Gonzaga (29-5).
South Dakota State 75, Syracuse 64: Madison Guebert scored 18 of her 20 points on 3-pointers, including two critical 3s in the fourth quarter, to lead the Jackrabbits (28-6) past the host Orange (25-9). South Dakota State will face No. 2 Oregon on Friday.
N.C. State 72, Kentucky 57: Kiara Leslie had 26 points and 10 rebounds, and the third-seeded Wolfpack (28-5) pulled away to beat the sixth-seeded Wildcats (25-8) in Raleigh, N.C. N.C. State next faces second-seeded Iowa (28-6).
Notre Dame 91, Michigan State 63: Arike Ogunbowale scored 23 points and two teammates had double-doubles as the top-seeded Fighting Irish (32-3) ran away from the ninth-seeded Spartans in the first half in South Bend, Ind. Notre Dame next plays fourth-seeded Texas A&M.
Missouri State 69, Iowa State 60: Alexa Willard scored 17 points to help the 11th-seeded Lady Bears (25-9) stun the third-seeded Cyclones (26-9) in Ames, Iowa, becoming the only double-digit seed to reach this year’s Sweet 16.
Evan Battey had 12 points and 10 rebounds for his first career double-double to lift host Colorado (23-12) to a 76-60 win over Norfolk State (22-14). The Buffaloes will play at Texas on Wednesday night in the quarterfinals.
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