top performers

Ally Mallot, Dayton: Her 28 points helped the Flyers upset second-seeded Kentucky 99-94 on the Wildcats' home floor. The Sweet1 6-bound Flyers went one-and-out in their previous five NCAA apopearances.

Nina Davis, Baylor: The Big 12 player of the year as a sophomore, the 5-11 Davis posted 21 points for the Lady Bears, who reached their seventh straight Sweet 16.

Imani McGee-Stafford, Texas: The Longhorns' 6-7 center engineered an upset of fourth-seeded California with 20 points and 11 rebounds as Texas advanced to the program's first regional semifinals in 11 years, in Albany against Connecticut.

By the numbers

641 Career assists for Baylor junior Niya Johnson, which ties Oddysey Sims' club record. The total includes a Big 12-record 296 this season.

28 Successful free throws for Dayton in 31 attempts against second-seeded Kentucky.

19 Consecutive victories for top-seeded Notre Dame after its victory over DePaul, which eliminated the Gophers in the first round.

Monday's best bets

(1) Maryland vs. (8) Princeton: Princeton coach Courtney Banghart fully expects her team to make a statement Monday night against one of the elite squads in the nation. She only wishes the Ivy League champions didn't have to do it so soon — and on Maryland's floor. Despite being the only undefeated team in this tournament, Princeton is seeded in the middle of the Spokane Region. After getting past Wisconsin-Green Bay 80-70 on Saturday, the Tigers now face a Maryland squad that's won 25 in a row and is unbeaten at home.

(5) Ohio State vs. (4) North Carolina: The Tar Heels (25-8) have an established identity of running under Hall of Fame coach Sylvia Hatchell. The Buckeyes (24-10) have a powerful offense that ranks fifth nationally in points per game (80.9) and features the nation's leading scorer in freshman Kelsey Mitchell. Ohio State coach Kevin McGuff quipped Sunday that "the shot clock operator tomorrow could probably stay home."

Quote of the day

"We had a phenomenal year and a bad day is what it boils down to. We were picked 12th in the SEC. Our first year we got to the NCAA tournament, won our first-round game and had a bad time to play a bad game."

First-year Arkansas coach Jimmy Dykes, a former Razorbacks player and former ESPN analyst, surmmarizing his team's loss to Baylor and second-round exit.

Associated Press