Georgia holds off Iowa St. 65-60 in NCAA 2nd round
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Shacobia Barbee scored 20 points, including a key 3-pointer with 2:03 left, and No. 4 seed Georgia held off Iowa State's furious second-half rally for a 65-60 win over the Cyclones in the second round of the NCAA women's tournament Monday night in Spokane.
A year after getting upset in the first round by Marist, Georgia is back in the round of 16 for the 20th time in school history. The Lady Bulldogs will face No. 1 seed Stanford or eighth-seeded Michigan in the regional semifinals across town at the Spokane Arena on Saturday night.
Anne Marie Armstrong added 13 points for the Lady Bulldogs, who blew a 14-point lead with 9 minutes remaining then scored 13 of the final 17 points after the fifth-seeded Cyclones took the lead.
Anna Prins led Iowa State with 23 points, but the Cyclones (24-9) couldn't overcome going more than 11 minutes of the second half with just one field goal.
Demand up for Indy NCAA regional tickets, rooms
(Stations: Note Oregon interest.)
(Information in the following story is from: Indianapolis Business Journal, http://www.ibj.com)
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indianapolis tourism officials say Louisville, Michigan State and Duke basketball fans are driving up demand for hotel rooms and tickets to the NCAA men's regional basketball tournament.
Louisville plays Oregon and Duke plays Michigan State on Friday. The winners play Sunday for a berth in the Final Four.
Local ticket brokers tell the Indianapolis Business Journal that Duke was sparking interest not only from Duke alumni and supporters in North Carolina but also from Indianapolis and central Indiana.
Officials for the Hyatt Regency in downtown Indianapolis say reservation requests from the Louisville and East Lansing, Mich., spiked after the top-seeded Cardinals and Michigan State won their games last weekend.
A National Society of Black Engineers convention also is expected to draw more than 9,000 people to Indianapolis beginning Wednesday.
Romar says he hasn't been contacted by UCLA
SEATTLE (AP) — Washington coach Lorenzo Romar says he's had no contact from UCLA regarding the Bruins' head coaching position.
Romar was asked about the UCLA job Monday during his season-ending news conference. Romar said it's understandable his name gets brought up with the UCLA vacancy.
Romar is a Southern California native who worked as an assistant at UCLA from 1992-96, including the Bruins' 1995 national championship season.
But Romar said, "I've said I don't know how many times, Washington wants me and I want to be here."
Romar just completed his 11th season as Washington's head coach.
Romar added that reserve forward Martin Breunig will transfer from the school and junior guard C.J. Wilcox has submitted paperwork to the NBA draft advisory committee to evaluate his draft prospects if he left early.
Gonzaga's season over, questions turn to Olynyk
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Gonzaga's special season has ended with another early exit in the NCAA tournament.
Although they reached No. 1 in The Associated Press Top 25 and earned a top seed in the tournament, the Zags were bounced 76-70 in the round of 32 on Saturday by Wichita State.
Now attention turns to whether star center Kelly Olynyk will return for his senior season.
Gonzaga (32-3) became just the fifth top seed to lose in the round of 32 since the NCAA expanded to 64 teams, and that gave fuel to critics who contended this team was overrated.
But players and coaches insist the season will not be defined by one game.
Qualcomm CEO joins Sacramento bid to keep Kings
(Stations: Note Seattle interest.)
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Add another investor to the group Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson is assembling to keep the Kings from moving to Seattle.
Johnson announced Monday night that Paul Jacobs, CEO of the international technology company Qualcomm, has agreed to become part of the Sacramento bid. Jacobs joins a group that includes billionaire investor Ron Burkle, 24 Hour Fitness founder Mark Mastrov and TIBCO Software CEO Vivek Ranadive.
Sacramento city officials reached a preliminary agreement Saturday with the investment group for a new $447 million downtown arena. The City Council is planning to vote on the non-binding term sheet Tuesday night.
Sacramento is hoping to block a bid by a group that has a pending purchase agreement to buy the Kings from the Maloof family and move the team to Seattle.
The NBA Board of Governors is expected to make a decision by the end of its April 18-19 meetings.
Mariners hammer Homer Bailey and Reds, 16-0
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Jesus Montero hit a grand slam, Michael Saunders homered among his three hits and the Seattle Mariners hammered Homer Bailey in a 16-0 rout of the Cincinnati Reds on Monday.
Saunders connected off Bailey, and Justin Smoak added two hits off the right-hander, driving in three runs. Montero's slam came off Wilken De La Rosa, one of two non-roster pitchers left in Reds camp.
Bailey was scheduled to pitch five innings but lasted only 3 1-3, allowing nine runs on nine hits and two walks. He struck out five.
Saunders also doubled, singled and scored three times from the leadoff spot.
Brandon Maurer continued to impress the Mariners. He gave up six hits and a walk in five innings, striking out seven.
The 22-year-old is making a strong case to earn a spot in Seattle's starting rotation.