Maggie Lucas and Dara Taylor each scored 22 points to send Penn State into the Sweet 16 with a 83-61 win over Florida on Tuesday night.

The third-seeded Lady Lions (24-7) will play at No. 2 Stanford (30-3) on Sunday.

Lucas, the two-time Big Ten player of the year, surpassed the 2,500 career-point milestone and led the Lady Lions to the NCAA tournament regional semifinal for the second time in three seasons.

Ariel Edwards added 16 points for Penn State. The Lady Lions are in the Sweet 16 for the 13th time.

"It's just sweet," coach Coquese Washington said. "It's like dark chocolate with caramel sweet."

Kayla Lewis led the 11th-seeded Gators (20-13) with 20 points and nine rebounds. Jaterra Bonds scored 14.

Led by Lucas and Taylor, the Lady Lions controlled the game from the opening tip, and gave the home crowd in State College, Pa., one more big win to savor.

Lucas got her due in her final home game, leaving for the final time to a standing ovation. She clapped her hands, waved her arms and pointed to the fans before hugging her teammates.

Now, it's off to California.

"Let's go for a ride and see how it turns out," Washington said.

South Carolina 78, Oregon State 69: Aleighsa Welch had 21 points and 11 rebounds, Tiffany Mitchell added 20 points and 10 boards, and top-seeded South Carolina used its size and athleticism to overwhelm the No. 9 Beavers and advance to the Stanford Region semifinals.


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A year after getting upset by a 12 seed in the second-round of the tournament, the Gamecocks are headed to the Sweet 16 for the second time in three years under coach Dawn Staley. South Carolina (29-4) will face No. 4 seed North Carolina. The Gamecocks lost to the Tar Heels 74-66 in December.

Jamie Weisner led Oregon State (24-11) with 21 point.

North Carolina 62: Michigan State 53: Freshman Diamond DeShields had 24 points and a season-high 12 rebounds as the fourth-seeded Tar Heels (26-9) coasted to the Stanford Region's round of 16.

North Carolina ran off 14 straight points to blow the game open, with DeShields scoring twice during that flurry to build a 57-31 lead with 11½ minutes.

Connecticut 91, Saint Joseph's 52: Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis had the third triple-double in UConn history (and 14th in NCAA tournament history) as the Huskies moved into their 21st straight NCAA regional semifinal.

Mosqueda-Lewis had 20 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists, to lead five players in double figures for the top-ranked Huskies (36-0), who won their 42nd straight game and are trying to win a record ninth NCAA tournament. UConn will face 12th-seeded BYU in Lincoln, Nebraska on Saturday.

LSU 76, West Virginia 67: Danielle Ballard had 22 points and 15 rebounds, and seventh-seeded LSU overcame a late seven-point deficit, as well as foul trouble, to upset No. 2 seed West Virginia.

Playing the last 12 minutes with four fouls, Shanece McKiney had 13 points, seven rebounds and five blocks, while DaShawn Harden added 12 points for LSU (21-12), which advanced to the Sweet 16 for a second straight season. Next up for LSU is a rematch with Louisville. The two teams played in the preseason WNIT and the Cardinals came away with a 21-point win.

Maryland 69, Texas 64: Alyssa Thomas scored all 16 of her points in the second half, and Maryland squeezed past cold-shooting Texas to reach the Sweet 16. The fourth-seeded Terrapins (26-6) next face Tennessee, the No. 1 seed in the Louisville Regional.

Louisville 83, Iowa 53: Shoni Schimmel had 26 points to help Louisville earn its fifth trip to the Sweet Sixteen under coach Jeff Walz.

Texas A&M 85, James Madison 69: Courtney Williams scored 23 points to send the third-seeded Aggies to the round of 16 for the sixth time.