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Now the Jayhawks are in the second weekend of the tournament for the first time since 1998.
"When I was in the locker room, I told my teammates to pinch me," junior Aishah Sutherland said.
St. Bonaventure coach Jim Crowley is making the most of his first trip to the NCAAs. The fifth-seeded Bonnies had to survive the mid-major pod by knocking off Florida Gulf Coast in overtime and NCAA darling Marist in the second round.
"We're the new kids to the party," Crowley said. "That's pretty cool."
So was Grinner's dunk. She's only the second player ever to do it, joining Candace Parker, who did it twice against Army in 2006.
"That wasn't just a barely-over-the-rim type of dunk. That was a monster dunk," Baylor coach Kim Mulkey said. "I think Brittney is so conscious of people writing good or bad about the dunk, that she's scared to get excited sometimes and celebrate a dunk, because she's been written about in a negative way. I said, `Honey, if I could dunk it, I'd do backflips down the floor.'"
No team put together a more complete game in the second round than Connecticut. The Huskies held Kansas State to an NCAA record-low 26 points in a 46-point win Monday night.
After saying in early October that his team wasn't going to win a national championship this season, Auriemma has changed his tune. He's been impressed by the way his team has grown throughout the season. For one of the rare times in his career, he's not exactly sure how the rest of the tournament will play out for the Huskies.
"We could lose Sunday or we could go to the Final Four and win a national championship. I've never been in a situation where I've said that," Auriemma said. "This team's capable of anything. The way we're playing right now, we're capable of doing a lot of great things. But we're going to have to step it up a little bit from tonight for next weekend."
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