NCAA Women's Tournament: Baylor advances to Elite Eight

OKLAHOMA CITY - Sune Agbuke had plenty of time to embrace her role as a rebounder and shot-blocking specialist for Baylor.The senior picked her final NCAA Tournament to have the scoring performance of her collegiate career.Agbuke, who entered Friday with a season average of 5.9 points per game, scored a career-high 23 as the No. 2 seed Lady Bears (33-3) rolled to an 81-66 win over third-seeded Iowa on Friday night.The win moves Baylor into the Elite Eight for the fifth time in six years, where it will face top-seeded Notre Dame on Sunday with a chance to reach its first Final Four since 2012.It's a victory that came in the most unexpected fashion, with the 6-4 Agbuke emerging from her usual defensive role to play a leading role. Her previous career best was a 16-point effort against Kansas State last season, and she added 12 rebounds for Baylor."I think the greatest feeling you have as a player is getting to come through for your team," Agbuke said. "Any opportunity you have to do that, you get to come through for your team, that's just the best feeling."Nina Davis added 20 points, and Niya Johnson had 10 points and 16 assists for the Lady Bears, who outrebounded the Hawkeyes (26-8) 45-35, but it was Agbuke who outshined her more-heralded teammates.Agbuke scored a combined seven points in Baylor's two opening NCAA Tournament wins over Northwestern State and Arkansas. And she had finished with double-digit points only once in her last seven games.Adut Bulgak added 15 points to help send Florida State (32-4) to the Greensboro Regional final - just the second Elite Eight appearance in program history.Florida State will play top-seeded South Carolina with its first Final Four berth on the line.Katie Hempen had 22 points for Arizona State (29-6).From wire reports href='http://www.chron.com/sports/college-basketball-women/article/NCAA-Women-s-Tournament-Baylor-advances-to-Elite-6164585.php' - http://www.chron.com/sports/college-basketball-women/article/NCAA-Women-s-Tournament-Baylor-advances-to-Elite-6164585.php -