WACO, Texas —
Kentucky 84, Dayton 70: A’dia Mathies followed up the worst game of her career with one of her best, matching a personal high with 34 points to lead second-seeded Kentucky over seventh-seeded Dayton.
With Kentucky (29-5) clinging to a 46-44 advantage early in the second half, Mathies scored 10 points during a 16-3 run to help the Wildcats take control of the game.
One of the best seasons for Kentucky will continue in Bridgeport. The Wildcats have the most wins in school history and have reached the regional semifinals for the third time in the past four seasons.
Notre Dame 74, Iowa 57: Kayla McBride scored a career-high 28 points and top-seeded Notre Dame advanced to the regional semifinals with a win over Iowa.
Skylar Diggins had 16 points as the Fighting Irish (33-1) extended their school-record winning streak to 28 games and finished 13-0 on the road.
Notre Dame will next face 12th-seeded Kansas in Norfolk, Va., on Sunday.
Stanford 73, Michigan 40: Joslyn Tinkle made a career-high five 3-pointers on the way to 21 points in her final home game at Maples Pavilion, and top-seeded Stanford used a spectacular perimeter shooting performance to rout No. 8 seed Michigan and reach the regional semifinals.
Chiney Ogwumike had 12 points and 15 rebounds on a night when the Cardinal’s shooters took the pressure off just as coach Tara VanDerveer has been hoping they would.
Sara James shut down Michigan star Kate Thompson and scored nine points, and Stanford (33-2) won its 19th straight game to set up a matchup with fourth-seeded Georgia on Saturday and move a step closer to the program’s goal of a sixth straight Final Four.
LSU 72, Penn State 66: Adrienne Webb scored a career-high 29 points, including two crucial free throws with 22 seconds left, and No. 6 seed LSU beat third-seeded Penn State.
Bianca Lutley overcame foul trouble and capped an 18-point night with a tough floater in traffic in the final minute to give LSU (22-11) the lead and another key free throw to make it a four-point game with 8.3 seconds to go.