SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Adrianna Hahn scored 24 points, including a key 3-pointer in overtime to help No. 9 Villanova beat eighth-seeded South Dakota State 81-74 on Friday night in the first round of the women’s NCAA Tournament.
This was the first NCAA Tournament win for the Wildcats since 2004 when they beat Mississippi State 66-63 in the opening round. Villanova had to work for the victory.
South Dakota State trailed by 12 early in the fourth quarter before rallying to tie the game on Madison Guebert’s 3-pointer from the wing just before the buzzer at the end of regulation.
With the game tied at 70 in overtime, the Wildcats hit three straight 3-pointers — the first two by Jannah Tucker. Hahn’s 3-pointer made it 79-70 with 55 seconds left and Villanova (23-8) advanced to play top seed Notre Dame.
Tucker finished with 20. Mary Gedaka had 15 and Alex Louin added 10.
Macy Miller paced the Jackrabbits (26-7) with 25 points. Guebert had 21 points and Ellie Thompson had 16 to round out double-digit scorers for South Dakota State.