Duke stunned by SC in NCAA Tournament

And if you win it, why not win it all? The contest remained a one-possession game over the next few minutes as Wilson began to establish herself down low.

Whether it's succumbing to the pressure of the moment, poor strategy from the coach, the opponent's defense ratcheting up, or a mix of all three, countless upsets have been lost to the sands of time because teams go on dry spells.

TULSA, Okla. - Johnathan Motley had 19 points and 10 rebounds, and No. 3 seed Baylor defeated No. 11 seed Southern California 82-78 on Sunday in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. SC pulled down 15 offensive rebounds and won the overall rebounding battle, 37-34. I just always wanted to come to Carolina.

It was all a stark contrast to a first half in which SC made just two of its last 22 field goal attempts, hoisting 3-pointers at will and going nearly six minutes scoreless at one stretch. Wilson made sure the Gamecocks would not be denied, and the forward put her team back on top after following her own shot and converting a layup to make it 69-68 Carolina with 48 seconds left. Duke should have been a Final Four team at the very least.

In its last two second halves, SC has shot a combined 63 percent (40-for-64) and scored 119 points (59.5 avg.).

Notice made a transition layup and then drained a three.

The Gamecocks (24-10) trailed by 10 early in the second half after one of its coldest shooting stretches of the season to start. They did the same thing to Marquette in the first round after dropping 54 points to complete the comeback. Freshman forward Maik Kotsar is even worse, hitting less than half of his free throws. Juniors Kaela Davis and A'ja Wilson combined to go 13-of-15 from the charity stripe. Malik Monk blocked a shot and made two free throws in the final 13 seconds. Totals 27-63 27-32 88. Essentially, there were plenty of free points the Rams and Razorbacks had no chance at getting.

SC kept the pressure on. But behind outside shooting y Thornwell, who was the SEC player of the year, and Silva's dominance underneath, SC rallied to win two NCAA games for the first time in 44 years.

But the Tar Heels - loaded with returnees from a team that played in last year's national championship game - responded in a huge way.

By executing their gameplan, they didn't fall into typical traps for a would-be upsetter. Turnovers, foul trouble, and a rare bad game from Luke Kennard ended Duke's season earlier than everyone expected.

The Gamecocks limited the Blue Devils to 38.9 percent shooting and 5-of-19 in 3-point shooting in the second half. That was a marked uptick from the eight threes they attempted in the first half. Using a full-court press on the first inbounds pass, SC made sure Duke's ball-handlers were uncomfortable wherever they received the rock. "When your leading scorer goes out, it's an opportunity for other players sometimes to score the ball, and that's what they did". The Gamecocks' road to the Sweet Sixteen is as much of a remarkable story as Baylor's considering that neither team received a single vote in the preseason AP Top 25.

  • Julie Sanders