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Virginia upsets Cal, grabs first Women's NCAA Tourney win since '09

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Virginia upsets Cal, grabs first Women's NCAA Tourney win since '09

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Dominique Toussaint hit a tie-breaking 3-pointer with 1:08 to go and No. 10 seed held off seventh-seeded Cal 68-62 in the Albany Regional for its first women's NCAA Tournament win in nine years on Friday.

Felicia Aiyeotan led the Cavaliers (19-13) with 16 points, just her second game in double figures since Jan. 7.

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Cal had a streak of seven straight first-round NCAA wins entering the game, but played without leading scorer and rebounder Kristine Anigwe, who was medically ruled out after missing a morning shoot-around. The team would not detail what was wrong with the 6-foot-4 junior.

No doubt Anigwe's absence gave Virginia and especially the 6-9 Aiyeotan room to move down low. Aiyeotan was 5-of-5 in the final two quarters as Virginia moved in front.

The Cavaliers will take on the winner of No. 2 seed South Carolina -- coached by the most famous female in Virginia athletics, Dawn Staley -- or No. 15 seeded North Carolina A&T.

Despite missing Anigwe, Cal appeared ready to take control as they scored the first two baskets of the third quarter to move in front 35-30. That's when Virginia went on a 20-8 run to lead 50-43.

Cal was not done, though, as Asha Thomas and Kianna Smith combined to score 12 straight points in the fourth quarter. Thomas' foul shot tied things at 57-all with 1:53 to play.

On Virginia's next time down court, Toussaint struck from the left side of the arc for her go ahead shot. Smith cut things to one with her basket a moments later before Aiyeotan was alone once more for an uncontested basket to restore the Cavaliers margin.

Cal could not respond.

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It was Virginia's first NCAA Tournament victory since defeating Marist, 68-61, in the opening round in 2009. The Cavaliers had not been back to the tournament since 2010.

For Cal, it was the latest disappointing postseason showing.

The Golden Bears have only been past the second round one time in coach Lindsay Gottlieb's six tournament appearances when they reached the Final Four in 2013.

Jocelyn Willoughby had 13 points and Aliyah Huland El 12 for Virginia.

Smith led Cal with 20 points while Thomas added 17.

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Virginia: The Cavaliers turned up their defense in the final two quarters to overcome Cal's hot start. The Golden Bears had 14 of their 20 turnovers in the final 20 minutes. Virginia will need that kind of effort if they hope to go further in the Albany Regional.

Cal: The Golden Bears needed more push from the rest of their starters with Anigwe out and did not get it. Mikayla Cowling and Penina Davidson, who combined for 17 points a game this season, were held to nine points on 4-of-15 shooting.

 

Cal Ripken Jr. congratulates Terps' Anthony Cowan Jr. on becoming the latest 'Iron Man'

Cal Ripken Jr. congratulates Terps' Anthony Cowan Jr. on becoming the latest 'Iron Man'

Anthony Cowan Jr.'s time at the University of Maryland has been filled with big buckets in clutch moments. But above all else, Cowan has been one thing for the Terps: consistent.

On Wednesday night, for Maryland's thrilling last-second win over Minnesota, Cowan started his 127th consecutive game. Now a senior, Cowan has never missed a game in his Maryland career. The start on Wednesday allowed him to pass Keith Booth for the most consecutive starts in school history.

An impressive feat, Cowan is now the Terps' "Iron Man."

Among all the congratulations, Cowan received a special one from one of the all-time Iron Men: Cal Ripken Jr. The former Orioles shortstop, who played in a record 2,632 straight games, sent a message to Cowan welcoming him to a special group.

The Hall of Famer, who has been in attendance at Maryland games in the past, said the best part about being an Iron Man is that you're someone everyone can rely on. He sees a lot of that in the Maryland guard.

"I wanted you to know that we can all count on you," Ripken Jr. said. "Keep things rolling and good luck in March."

If Maryland wants to make a deep run in March, it'll need Cowan to continue to be consistent. The good thing for the Terps is that he knows no other way.

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When is Selection Sunday 2020? Date, time, how to watch, live stream

When is Selection Sunday 2020? Date, time, how to watch, live stream

It's almost March, and that mean the madness is about to begin.

But before the upset, buzzer-beaters, bracket busters can commence, the tournament field has to be decided. That's where Selection Sunday comes in to play. One of the most anticipated days of the year, teams across the country will learn their path toward a potential National Championship.

Here's everything you need to know about Selection Sunday.

When is Selection Sunday?

The 2020 Selection Sunday begins on March 15, at 6 p.m. ET.

Where can I watch Selection Sunday?

The 2019 Selection Sunday will be shown on TBS at 6p.m. ET following the conclusion of all conference tournament games. 

Is there a Selection Sunday Live Stream?

The 2019 Selection Sunday show can be streamed on NCAA.com 

The show will run through each region of the bracket, highlighting the 32 conference champions and 36 at-large teams that will be in the mix.

2020 NCAA Tournament Important Dates

  • Selection Sunday: March 15
  • First Four: March 17-18
  • First Round: March 19-20
  • Second Round: March 21-22
  • Sweet 16/Elite Eight: March 26-29
  • Final Four: April 4
  • National Championship: April 6

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