March 25, 2003
NORFOLK, Va. -- Amber Jacobs made a high-arcing layup with 2.5 seconds left in overtime, lifting Boston College to an 86-85 comeback victory against Vanderbilt in the East Region on Monday.
The fifth-seeded Eagles advanced to the round of the 16 for the first time in five trips to the tournament and earned both victories on winning shots by Jacobs. The junior guard stunned region host Old Dominion 73-72 by making a jumper with 3.3 seconds left in a first-round game.
Vanderbilt took an 85-84 lead on Hillary Hager's fifth 3-pointer with 12.7 seconds left.
Jacobs scored 25 for the Eagles, 18 after halftime. Becky Gottstein added 24 points and eight rebounds and was spared an agonizing memory when Jacobs' shot lingered on the rim then finally bounced in.
With .8 seconds left in regulation, Gottstein missed two free throws, either of which would have given the Eagles the victory.
Vanderbilt appeared on its way to victory when it opened a 57-46 lead with 11:23 left.
But the Eagles rallied, mostly behind Jacobs. The junior scored 14 of Boston College's next 21.
After Chantelle Anderson made one of her two free throws, Gottstein's basket from underneath with 1:17 left pushed the Eagles' lead to 74-71.
But Hager made her fourth 3-pointer from the left wing to tie it with a minute left.
PURDUE 80, VIRGINIA TECH 62: Erika Valek scored 24, Mary Jo Noon 17 and Beth Jones 16 for the host Boilermakers.
A 14-2 run helped Purdue take a 41-30 halftime lead. It pushed the lead to 17 during the opening minutes of the second half.
After a Purdue free throw, Valek went flying out of bounds to save a loose ball but tossed it to the Hokies' Dawn Chriss. She scored the easy basket, cutting it to 52-45. Ieva Kublina's short jumper on the next possession made it a five-point game.
But that was as close as Virginia Tech got. Lindsey Hicks made consecutive 3-pointers to push the lead back to 63-53 with 7:03 left.
GEORGIA 74, RUTGERS 64: Christi Thomas, Alexis Kendrick and Ebony Felder scored 17 for the host Bulldogs.
But Georgia likely will be without starting guard Sherrill Baker, who left early in the second half with a separated right shoulder, for its next game. The Bulldogs have been without leading scorer Kara Braxton since February when coach Andy Landers kicked her off the team for violating unspecified team rules.
Georgia led by as many as 12, but Rutgers cut it to 54-52 on Chelsea Newton's basket with 4:01 left. With Georgia up 60-54, Rutgers' Mauri Horton was called for her fifth foul with 2:20 left. Scarlet Knights coach Vivian Stringer was called for a technical foul before the clock restarted.
Kendrick made the ensuing four free throws to give Georgia a 10-point lead.
NEW MEXICO 73, MISS. ST. 61: Jordan Adams scored 19 and the host Lobos, the No. 6 seed, made 13 3-pointers to beat the No. 3 seed. Before its 91-85 overtime victory against Miami on Saturday, New Mexico had never won a game in the tournament.
Down 36-22 after the Lobos made nine first-half 3-pointers, the Bulldogs cut it to 43-38 3:06 into the second half. But Adams halted the rally with a short jumper, starting a 16-5 run that sealed it.
TENNESSEE 81, VIRGINIA 51: The host Volunteers reached their 22nd consecutive Sweet 16. Top-seeded Tennessee, the only team to appear in every region semifinal since the tournament began in 1982, were hardly challenged in improving their tournament home record to 42-0.
The Volunteers led 33-24 at halftime and increased the lead to 17 before Virginia pulled within 12 with 10:45 left. But Tennessee went on an 18-4 run to increase its lead to 26.
COLORADO 86, UNC 67: Tera Bjorklund scored a career-high 34 and the host Buffaloes, the No. 6 seed, made nine 3-pointers to beat the No. 3 seed. Down 36-27 at halftime, the Tar Heels' Nikita Bell made consecutive layups early in the second half to cut it to 38-33. But Kate Fagan's 3-pointer, one of five for the game, and Bjorklund's short jumper made it 43-33. The Buffs steadily increased their lead to as many as 21.
Sacred Heart sued
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. -- A former Sacred Heart player sued the school, saying she was dropped from the team, her scholarship was rescinded and she was ordered to leave campus after telling her coach she was pregnant.
Bernard Gilmore, a spokesman for Sacred Heart, said he could not comment because he had no information about the lawsuit.