“We knew they would collect it, and one of our keys was an offensive performance against their changing defenses,” South Carolina coach Dawn Staley said in an interview with reporters.
Drexel, a number 14 team, took a 15-10 lead over Georgia after the first quarter and were tied with the Bulldogs at halftime. 3-seeded Georgia took the lead in third place and pulled away in the fourth, scoring 27 points for Drexel’s 18 in that quarter.
Some lower-ranked teams said they had an adieu, but three made it through Monday night, including Belmont, a No. 12 team that defeated No. 5 Gonzaga 64-59.
There was a close call when Troy, the 15th seed, nearly upset Texas A&M, a No. 2 number in his fourth tournament appearance. The Aggies came out on top, with an 84-80 victory decided amid a series of free throws and errors at the end.
In the women’s tournament, a number 15 tournament has never won; a number 16 seed drove out a number 1 in 1998 when Harvard defeated Stanford.
BYU, a No. 11 seed, picked up the first stir of the tournament and beat Rutgers on the 6th seed with a turnaround in the fourth quarter. Both teams have been in tournaments before, most recently in 2019.
The 13th seeded Wright State beat Arkansas, a No. 4, 66-62 in its third tournament appearance. Raiders guard Angel Baker has 26 points, 12 rebounds and 4 steals in the upset.
“I coached the men’s competition, finishing against some of the best, but some of the women I coach against are better,” BYU coach Jeff Judkins said in an interview with reporters. “Against a very good team like Rutgers, to perform at our best, it’s hopefully something we can use a long way for our program.”
Marisa Ingemi and Natalie Weiner reported.