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Louisville's BriSmith left puts shot up past defense Purdue's Courtney Moses during first half their second round game women's NCAA

Louisville's Bria Smith, left, puts a shot up past the defense of Purdue's Courtney Moses during the first half of their second round game in the women's NCAA college basketball tournament in Louisville, Ky., Tuesday March 26, 2013. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

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Updated: April 28, 2013 7:12AM



LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Sara Hammond had 21 points and 10 rebounds to help fifth-seeded Louisville beat Purdue 76-63 Tuesday night and advance to its second NCAA tournament regional semifinal in three years.

The Cardinals (26-8) will play either top-seeded Baylor or Florida State on Sunday in Oklahoma City in the program’s fourth regional semifinal in the last six years.

The fourth-seeded Boilermakers (25-9) snapped a five-game winning streak and now have lost in the second round three straight years.

Antonita Slaughter scored 14 of her 16 points in the first half for Louisville. Shoni Schimmel had 14.

Sam Ostarello led Purdue with 14 points and 12 rebounds. KK Houser had 10.

Louisville never trailed in beating Purdue for the first time in six games. These teams hadn’t met since 1993, and the Cardinals’ program has grown to a new level in the past two decades with this — a game that had Louisville men’s coach Rick Pitino in the stands.

Notre Dame 74, Iowa 57: At Iowa City, Iowa, Kayla McBride scored a career-high 28 points and top-seeded Notre Dame advanced to the regional semifinals of the NCAA tournament.

Skylar Diggins had 16 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.

McBride had 23 points in the first half as the Irish built a 12-point advantage. The lead reached 59-39 on Diggins’ layup with 15:30 left as Notre Dame reached the round of 16 for the 11th time in 17 seasons.

Bethany Doolittle had 16 for Iowa (21-13), which went 0 for 11 from 3-point range and had 21 turnovers.



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