PISCATAWAY, N.J. (March 14) - Shawnetta Stewart scored 11 points in a game-opening 29-7 run that led No. 9 Rutgers to a 90-47 win over Arizona in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
The third-seeded Knights (28-5) shot 58 percent from the field, forced 26 turnovers and led by as many as 45 points in advancing to the Midwest Regional semifinal in Normal, Ill.
The 47 points were a season-low for sixth-seeded Arizona (18-11), which lost for only the third time in its last 12 games. The previous low was 48 against Nebraska.
Tasha Pointer had 18 points, and Stewart and Tomora Young added 16 apiece for Rutgers, which won for the 18th time in 20 games.
The point total was the least allowed by the Knights in their NCAA tournament history, covering 22 games. The 43-point margin of victory was their largest in the tournament.
Arizona of the Pac-10 never found an answer for Rutgers' 2-3 matchup zone,
either inside or outside.
Forward Angela Lackey, who scored a career-high 29 points as the Wildcats rallied from a 17-point second-half deficit to beat Florida in overtime on Friday, had 12 on Sunday -most of them in the final minutes. Reshea Bristol, who had 20 points Friday, got just five Sunday.
Much like its first-round game against Dartmouth, Rutgers started quickly. Tammy Sutton-Brown converted a three-point play, and Pointer scored on a backdoor layup for a 5-0 lead after 54 seconds.
Lisa Griffith got Arizona on the scoreboard with a 3-pointer, but Sutton-Brown, who had 13 points and nine rebounds, put in a third-chance rebound and Young hit two baskets to push the lead to 11-3.
Leading 16-7, the Knights scored 13 straight points. Pointer put in a rebound and a wide-open 3-pointer to get it going, and Stewart finished it with two straight 3-pointers and a baseline jumper.
Rutgers led 41-22 at the half, and the Knights opened the second half with a 17-2 run, making 7-of-9 shots, including five straight.
Arizona, which had no seniors in the starting lineup, lost guard Felecity Willis to a shoulder injury with 9:58 to play. She had 8 points.