NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournaments March 5: ACC, Big Ten and SEC Semifinals | Tips, how to watch

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The bottom four teams remain in some of the biggest conferences in the country. Who will punch their ticket to play a conference title?

All standings are conference seeds

(5) Virginia Tech Hokies vs. (1) North Carolina State Wolfpack

The Virginia Tech Hokies are one win away from competing for their first conference championships since moving to the ACC. They are coming off a huge victory over the North Carolina Tar Heels in the quarterfinals, led by 22-point performances from Georgia Amoore and Aisha Sheppard.

NC State continues to show why they are the no. 3 country team. A big 84-54 win keeps them on course for a third straight conference championship. Jakia Brown-Turner and Elissa Cunane led the scoring, with 15 points each.

It won’t be easy for the Hokies to pull off the upset, as the Wolfpack have won both regular season meetings. However, Virginia Tech fought back in Game 2, losing only 68-66.

(7) Miami Hurricanes vs. (3) Notre Dame Fighting Irish

Miami pulled off an incredible upset of its own in its quarterfinal game, knocking out the no. 4 Louisville in dramatic fashion. The Hurricanes trailed the Cardinals 52-38 heading into the third quarter, but managed to collect 23 points in the final quarter, stealing a 61-59 victory to advance to the semifinals for the first time since 2017.

It may not be easy for the Canes to pull off back-to-back upsets as the Fighting Irish handled business against Georgia Tech in their quarter-final. Olivia Miles and Maddy Westbeld each had 17 points in the 71-53 win, while Miles had 13 assists to complete the double-double.

In their only regular season game, Notre Dame took on Miami at South Bend, winning by a score of 69-53.

(1) Ohio State Buckeyes vs. (5) Indiana Hoosiers

The top-seeded Buckeyes had nothing to worry about in their quarterfinal game with Michigan State. Jacy Sheldon scored 19 points, while Taylor Mikesell scored 18 more to send Ohio State to a 74-58 victory as they continue their hunt for their first Big Ten title in four years.

Indiana causes a stir after its big victory over the no. 4 seeds, Maryland, Friday. The Hoosiers beat the Terrapins 15-10 in the fourth quarter to retire 62-51. Behind Grace Berger’s double-double and Mackenzie Holmes’ 17 points, the Hoosiers are one step closer to their first conference title since 2002.

Don’t count Indiana in this one, especially since they beat the Buckeyes in Columbus in December.

(2) Iowa Hawkeyes vs. (6) Nebraska Cornhuskers

Like Ohio State, the Hawkeyes are looking to fight their way into the Big Ten title game. In their meeting with the Northwest Wildcats, Monika Czinano led Iowa with 21 points, while Caitlin Clark recorded a double-double scoring 19 while grabbing 12 boards in a 72-59 win.

The Huskers are coming off a huge victory over the nationally ranked Michigan Wolverines. After a second quarter where Nebraska scored just six points, they rallied in the second half to pull off the 76-73 stunner, beating the third-seeded Wolverines for the second time this season. Sam Haiby and Allison Weidner led Nebraska with 16 points apiece in the win.

Iowa had the Cornhuskers’ number in the regular season, taking both contests by an average of 9.5 points.

(1) South Carolina Gamecocks vs. (4) Ole Miss Lady Rebels

The no. 1 team in the country is hungry to leave no doubt on its way to a deep run in the NCAA Tournament. The Gamecocks looked confident in their quarterfinal game with Arkansas. Aliyah Boston led the court with 17 points, while grabbing 14 rebounds to clinch the double-double in a 76-54 victory.

Ole Miss had a little more trouble against the Florida Gators on Friday. Although they rarely trailed, the Rebels needed all of Shakira Austin’s 27 points to help them advance to the semifinals with the 70-60 win. A stunner on Saturday could help the Lady Rebels to their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2007.

Ole Miss certainly struggled with South Carolina during the regular season, as South Carolina swept the series, beating the Rebels 140-97 in both games.

(7) Kentucky Wildcats vs. (3) Tennessee Lady Vols

Miami wasn’t the only seven seed to pick up a shock victory on Friday. The Wildcats, led by Rhyne Howard’s outstanding 32-point performance, hammered the second seed, and no. 6-ranked LSU Tigers 78-63. Dre’Una Edwards also had a strong game against the Tigers, notching a double-double scoring 13 points while grabbing 10 rebounds.

Tennessee is trying to fight their way to the program’s first SEC title since 2014. They didn’t show much weakness in their quarterfinal matchup with the Alabama Crimson Tide. Although ‘Bama tried to rally in the fourth quarter, the Lady Vols managed to pull away with a 74-59 victory. Rae Burrell put on another strong showing herself for Tennessee, leading the court with 21 points.

In their only regular season meeting this season, the Lady Vols beat the Wildcats 84-58, although Kentucky has won four of the last six matchups.

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