11 numbers to know from a women's NCAA tournament second round featuring two 11-seed upsets
The Sweet 16 of the NCAA women's basketball tournament is set as the second round saw game-winners, record-breaking performances and tournament firsts with a pair of No. 11 seeds continuing Cinderella runs for the first time in each school's history,
Here's a look back at the second round of the women's basketball tournament by the numbers:
3,402 –– Career points for Ohio State guard Kelsey Mitchell. Although the Buckeyes' season ended with a 95-78 loss against Central Michigan Monday evening, Mitchell scored 28 points and finished second all time in NCAA women's basketball history in career points, trailing only Washington's Kelsey Plum who set the mark last season.
115 –– Steals this season by Duke guard Lexie Brown. Brown finished with seven steals to help the Blue Devils to a 66-40 win over Georgia on Monday. She surpassed Alana Beard, who recorded 114 in 2001-02. Brown is just the third player in program history to reach triple-digit steals in a seaosn after Beard did so three times and Jasmine Thomas had 100 in the 2009-10 season.
101 –– Points scored by Oregon in its 101-73 win over Minnesota on Sunday. That is the Ducks' program record for points scored in an NCAA tournament game, and it also marks the first time in program history that Oregon has made back-to-back Sweet 16s. The Ducks reached the Elite Eight last season.
80 –– Points scored by Baylor's starters in its 80-58 win over Michigan Sunday night. The Bears' starting five did all of the scoring in their second-round victory, with Lauren Cox leading the way with 18, followed by 17 from Alexis Morris and Juicy Landrum, 16 courtesy of Kalani Brown and 12 from Dekeiya Cohen.
79 –– Number of wins UConn's senior class finished with in the state of Connecticut. One of the most decorated graduating classes in women's basketball history finished their careers an astonishing 79-0 in the state after defeating Quinnipiac 71-46 in the second round Monday evening. Additionally, Gabby WIlliams, Azura Stevens and Kia Nurse went 32-0 in games play on campus at Gampel Pavilion.
34 –– Wins by Mississippi State this season. One year after shocking the women's basketball world with a Final Four win over UConn to end the Huskies' NCAA-record 111-game winning streak, the Bulldogs equaled its program record with 34 wins this season after topping Oklahoma State 71-56 on Monday. Mississippi State (34-1) can break the record when it faces NC State in the Sweet 16 on Friday.
25 –– Consecutive Sweet 16 appearances by UConn. The numbers and accolades keep getting crazier for the Huskies as they are among the 16 remaining contenders left for the 25th straight year under Geno Auriemma. What's happened in the sports world during that same span? I'll let UConn's Twitter account explain:
17.5 –– Average margin of victory for the Mid-American Conference's pair of Sweet 16 teams this tournament. Has there been a crazier story in the 2018 NCAA women's basketball tournament than the schools from the MAC? Central Michigan and Buffalo, both 11-seeds, not only scored back-to-back upsets to advance to the second weekend of the tournament, but did so in convincing fashion. The Bulls defeated No. 6 South Florida 102-79 in the first round and shocked No. 3 Florida State Monday night 86-65. The Chippewas also have dominated their two games, beating No. 6 LSU 78-69 and No. 3 Ohio State 95-78.
11 –– Years since the MAC had a team advance to the Sweet 16, before Monday night. More MACtion! The last time a MAC school was still dancing in the second weekend was in 2007 with Bowling Green. Prior to this year, neither Buffalo or Central Michigan had won a game in the NCAA tournament. Now each have two.
2.8 –– Seconds remaining when Texas A&M's Chennedy Carter drilled the game-winning 3-pointer to give the Aggies an 85-84 win over DePaul Sunday evening. In just her second career collegiate tournament game, the 5-7 freshman guard sent Texas A&M into the Sweet 16. She finshed with a game-high 37 points in the win.
2 –– Consecutive years that Tennessee has failed to reach the Sweet 16. A staple in women's basketball, the Lady Vols were eliminated in the first weekend for the second straight year for the first time in school history.