Ladies Look To Second-Round Games Monday Night

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

Creighton's ability to shoot three-pointers will be a major test for Tennessee's defense when the programs face off for the first time Monday night in the NCAA Tournament.

The teams tip-off at 6 p.m. in Knoxville. The Bluejays (25-7) rank second nationally with 9.3 made shots from three-point range per game. Just over 45 percent of 10th-seeded Creighton's shots this season have been from beyond the arc. Creighton shot 11-of-36 from three-point range Saturday to beat Syracuse 61-56 in the first round of the Oklahoma City Regional.

Tennessee's only previous opponent that relied heavily on three-pointers was Missouri, the lone non-NCAA Tournament team to beat the second-seeded Lady Vols this season. The Lady Vols (25-7) trounced Missouri 84-39 on January 10th at Thompson-Boling Arena, but Missouri surprised Tennessee 80-63 by shooting 11-of-24 from three-point range February 3rd at Columbia.

Texas A&M has moved on to the Southeastern Conference and Nebraska is now a part of the Big Ten. The Huskers and Aggies hold a Big 12 reunion at 8:30 p.m. Monday in College Station where the former conference foes meet.

Nebraska and A&M competed against each other for years in the Big 12 before the Cornhuskers made the jump to the Big Ten in 2011. The Aggies left the conference for the SEC this season.

No. 3 Texas A&M beat Wichita State in the first round and sixth-seeded Nebraska rallied to knock off Chattanooga. The Aggies won the national title in 2011 and advanced to the round of 16 last season. Nebraska is looking to get there for first time since 2010.

Through all of his success in 18 seasons at Iowa State, a loss in 1999 still sticks with Bill Fennelly. That same game also sticks out to Georgia's Andy Landers for completely different reasons, it was the last time the Lady Bulldogs reached the Final Four.

The two long-tenured coaches will reacquaint themselves at 7:50 p.m. Monday when the fifth-seeded Cyclones (24-8) face the No. 4 seed Lady Bulldogs (26-6). The winner will advance to the regional semifinals across town at the Spokane Arena next Saturday night.

Iowa State knocked off Gonzaga while Georgia pulled away from Montana for first-round victories on Saturday. The match-up between the Cyclones and Lady Bulldogs will be just the third meeting all-time between the two schools, all coming in the NCAA Tournament.

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