Texas A&M's size and James Madison's fouls equaled a combination that ended the Dukes' best women's basketball season in 23 years.
A&M spent the day leading up to its second-round game in the NCAA tournament talking about how it had to take advantage of its size with 6-foot-5 Karla Gilbert to beat the Dukes.
On Tuesday night, the Aggies executed that plan to perfection.
Courtney Williams scored 23 points and Gilbert added 20 points and tied a career-high with 15 rebounds to help Texas A&M to an 85-69 win.
"We got the ball inside all night long," A&M coach Gary Blair said. "They were at a disadvantage because of their size."
JMU forward Toia Giggetts, a Lake Taylor High alumna, collected two fouls in the first eight minutes. She was far from alone among the Dukes in foul trouble.
"We weren't able to do what we planned to do, being in foul trouble and everything," Giggetts said. "We couldn't play as aggressive as we wanted to."
The victory sent the third-seeded Aggies (26-8) to the round of 16 for the sixth time and their first since 2012. They missed reaching the third round last season after losing to Nebraska at home.
"I'm glad we're beyond this game. That's all I kept thinking about," Gilbert said of last year's loss. "We cannot end at Reed Arena. This can't be it. We're not done. We're hungry. We didn't want it to end like last year."
The Aggies used an 8-2 run to build a 10-point lead early in the second half and answered each time JMU (29-6) cut the advantage.
The Dukes got within seven points with about seven minutes remaining, but A&M used an 8-0 run with four points from Gilbert to make it 81-66.
The Aggies advanced to meet No. 7 seed DePaul in Lincoln, Neb., on Saturday.
Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Year Kirby Burkholder, in her final college game, led 11th-seeded JMU with 20 points and 10 rebounds, but had to sit out for a chunk of the second half with foul trouble. She fouled out with 1:43 remaining.
Several Dukes, including Giggetts and CAA Defensive Player of the Year Nikki Newman, had to spend time on the bench after picking up multiple fouls while trying to slow down Gilbert.
"It handcuffed us. It really did," JMU coach Kenny Brooks said. "We played zone way more than I anticipated and way more than I wanted to do. When we get in foul trouble, it dampens our enthusiasm."
The Aggies shot a season-high 37 free throws and made 24.
Brooks fought back tears when he talked of Burkholder and Newman, seniors who grew up virtually in the shadow of JMU while starring for Turner Ashby High. When the Dukes signed them, some basketball observers didn't believe they could make an impact in college.
"They have taken our program to a different level," he said. "And I appreciate every ounce of effort, their gratitude, their love for James Madison and this program, and I love what they have done for the future of our program."
Maryland 69, Texas 64
Alyssa Thomas scored all 16 of her points after halftime, and the host Terrapins reached the Sweet 16 for the third consecutive year.
The fourth-seeded Terrapins (26-6) next face Tennessee, the No. 1 seed in the Louisville Regional. Maryland is 23-8 in the tournament under Coach Brenda Frese and has reached the round of 16 in six of her 12 seasons at the helm.
"I'm really happy for our seniors to be able to go out with a win on their home court," Frese said. "But like I told them in the locker room, we're not finished. I'm excited to be able to go, and we're going to make a run for the roses."
In a game that featured 15 lead changes and was tied seven times, fifth-seeded Texas rallied from an 11-point deficit to get within 65-64 with 43 seconds left. After Longhorns senior Chassidy Fussell missed a 3-point try, Laurin Mincy made two free throws for a three-point lead.
Nekia Jones then bounced a 3-point try off the rim for Texas, and Thomas clinched the victory by sinking two foul shots with 8 seconds to go.
Krystle Henderson scored a career-high 14 points and Fussell had 13 for Texas (22-12).
North Carolina 62, Michigan State 53
Determined to put her lackluster NCAA tournament debut behind her, North Carolina star freshman Diamond DeShields put on a dominating show to help the Tar Heels beat Michigan State in Chapel Hill.
DeShields finished with 24 points and a season-high 12 rebounds, a reversal from the game that nearly put an early end to UNC's season.
"There were no nerves," she said. "I was extremely fired up for the game tonight. ... We were very comfortable as soon as that ball got thrown into the air. And it showed."
It sure did. The fourth-seeded Tar Heels (26-9) led by nine at halftime, then dominated the opening minutes of the second half to turn the game into a rout.
It was a frustrating night for Michigan State, which so easily -- and surprisingly -- handled Hampton University in the first round.
UNC ran off 14 straight points to blow the game open, with DeShields scoring twice during that flurry to build a 57-31 lead with 11 1/2 minutes left that allowed the Tar Heels to coast to the round of 16 in the Stanford Regional.
The Tar Heels pressured fifth-seeded MSU (23-10) and turned the game into the up-and-down pace they wanted. It was a huge improvement from their first-round game against Tennessee-Martin on Sunday, when they had to rally from 18 down after halftime to win 60-58.
"I think UT Martin poked the beehive there," MSU coach Suzy Merchant said. "And we got a swarming bunch of bees coming at us early. The biggest one of the bunch was Diamond DeShields."
LSU 76, West Virginia 67
Danielle Ballard had 22 points and 15 rebounds for seventh-seeded LSU, which overcame a late seven-point defici and foul trouble to upend No. 2 seed West Virginia in Baton Rouge, La.
Playing the last 12 minutes with four fouls, Shanece McKiney had 13 points, seven rebounds and five blocks, while DaShawn Harden added 12 points for LSU (21-12), which advanced to the Sweet 16 for a second straight season -- both times with a second-round upset on its home court.
Next up for LSU is a rematch with Louisville. The two teams played in the Preseason WNIT, where the Cardinals came away with a 21-point win.
Holding a seven-point lead with 5:05 left, West Virginia was on the verge of winning a second-round game for the first time in program history, but LSU went on a 16-2 run. Asya Bussie had 21 points and Bria Holmes 12 for WVU (30-5), which fell to 0-8 all time in second-round games.
WVU hurt itself with poor shooting, hitting 19 of 63 from the field (30.2 percent). Guard Linda Stepney of Norfolk fouled out in just 14 minutes of play, though she had six points by sinking both of her attempts from 3-point range.Copyright © 2015, CT Now