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Published: Monday, 3/26/2012

UConn moves on to Elite Eight

UConn’s Tiffany Hayes gets by Penn St.’s Nikki Greene during the first half of the Huskies’ win. UConn’s Tiffany Hayes gets by Penn St.’s Nikki Greene during the first half of the Huskies’ win.

KINGSTON, R.I. — Bria Hartley scored 20 points to lead a balanced Connecticut offense and help the top-seeded Huskies beat fourth-seeded Penn State 77-59 on Sunday in the Kingston Regional semifinals.

Leading 36-27 late in the first half, UConn (32-4) used a 17-2 run spanning halftime to blow the game open. Mia Nickson scored 19 points and Maggie Lucas added 15 to lead Penn State (26-7).

No. 2 Kentucky 79, No. 11 Gonzaga 62

Keyla Snowden made five 3-pointers, hitting a pair of them to turn back Gonzaga’s last charge.

Snowden had 17 points and Samarie Walker scored 16 with 12 rebounds for Kentucky (28-6). Kayla Standish scored 25 for Gonzaga (28-6).

Raleigh regional

No. 1 Notre Dame 79, No. 5 St. Bonaventure 35

RALEIGH, N.C. — Natalie Novosel scored 16 points, Kalia Turner scored 14 points, and Kayla McBride added 10 for the top-seeded Irish (33-3).

CeCe Dixon had 13 points and Doris Ortega added 11 for the fifth-seeded Bonnies (31-4).

No. 2 Maryland 81, No. 3 Texas A&M 74

RALEIGH, N.C. — Laurin Mincy had 21 points and 12 rebounds to help Maryland rally. Alyssa Thomas added 21 points and nine rebounds for the Terrapins (31-4), who trailed by 18 points in the first half and by 11 midway through the second half.

Freshman Alexia Standish scored 19 points to lead Texas A&M (24-11).

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