2001 NCAA Women's Tourney

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NCAA Basketball Scoreboard: Recap
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Utah 78, Iowa 69
Posted: Tuesday March 20, 2001 02:50 AM
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SALT LAKE CITY (Ticker) -- Lindsay Herbert had 15 points and eight rebounds and Lauren Beckman added 14 and eight as Utah advanced to the "Sweet 16" for the first time with a 78-69 win over Iowa in an NCAA Tournament Midwest Region second-round game.

Amy Ewert scored 13 points and Kristina Andersen contributed 10 and eight rebounds for the Utes (28-3), who improved to 3-10 in 10 NCAA appearances. They have won 16 of their last 17 games and will take on Notre Dame in the regional semifinals on Saturday in Denver.

"This team deserves to be placed with what they've done," Utah coach Elaine Elliott said. "They are the first to get to the 'Sweet 16' and the first to win 28 games. They get credit for what they did. I can't think of a better group of kids to experience this. It's been a wonderful year." Randi Peterson had 17 points and nine rebounds and Jennie Lillis collected 10 and 11 for Iowa (21-10), which fell to 5-7 in NCAA second-round contests and failed to advance to the regional semifinals for the sixth time.

"I'm proud of our players," Iowa coach Lisa Bluder said. "We had a great year and exceeded a lot of expectations. Our seniors provided tremendous leadership on and off the floor. I feel thrilled to coach them and wish Utah luck against Notre Dame." The Hawkeyes suffered their second loss to Utah this season and fell to 1-4 in the all-time series.

The Utes had a 41-40 halftime lead, then used a 10-0 run to open their biggest advantage, 57-39, on Lori Red-Castagnetto's free throws with 7:50 remaining.

"We jumped out to a good start and that led to confidence early," Elliott said. "When you play with confidence, you have a great game." By scoring 22 of the next 32 points, the Hawkeyes got within six. But the Utes answered with a 7-0 spurt.

Utah shot 39 percent (23-for-59) from the field, including 4-of-17 from 3-point range. But the Utes were 28-of-37 from the foul line.

Leah Magner and Mary Berdo had 10 points apiece for Iowa, which shot 30 percent (20-for-67).


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