Half the Sweet 16 is set in women's NCAA Tournament

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NEW YORK (AP) Eight invitations to the Sweet 16 have been delivered and the other eight will be decided Monday night.

UConn's back in the regional semifinals for the 26th consecutive year. The Huskies had to work for it as pesky Buffalo rallied from a 24-point, third-quarter deficit to get within eight in the fourth before the Huskies won by 12. It was UConn's closest game in the second round since a two-point victory over Xavier in 1999. The next-closest was a 15-point win over TCU in 2003.

"It's been kind of that type of year for us, where things just don't naturally happen the way they have before, and for us that's good preparation," UConn senior Katie Lou Samuelson said. "That shows that when things go wrong, when things happen, we can always pick up what we need to do and pick up from the next person down."

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Rank School Rec
1 Baylor32-1
2 Connecticut33-2
3 Notre Dame31-3
4 Mississippi State32-2
5 Louisville31-3
6 Stanford29-4
7 Oregon31-4
8 Iowa28-6
9 Maryland29-4
10 North Carolina State27-5
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1 Notre Dame31-3
2 Baylor32-1
3 Louisville31-3
4 Stanford29-4
5 Oregon31-4
6 Connecticut33-2
7 Iowa28-6
8 Mississippi State32-2
9 North Carolina State27-5
10 Syracuse25-8
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