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2001 NCAA Division I Women's Tournament schedule, results

NCAA women's tournament

Nebraska rolls past BYU 3-0; Graczyk goal sends UConn past Harvard 1-0.

LINCOLN, Neb. (Saturday, November 17, 2001) -- Junior striker Christine Latham scored in the first half while junior midfielder Shannon Tanaka and sophomore forward Christy Harms added tallies after intermission to send No. 10 Nebraska past Brigham Young 3-0 in an NCAA second-round tournament match before 970 at Abbott Sports Complex tonight.

Nebraska (17-4-1) advanced to the round of 16 for the six straight season and will next meet the winner of Sunday’s match between Portland and Washington.

BYU (14-7-1) outshot Nebraska 12-4 in the first half and spent a majority of time in its attacking third, but it was the Huskers who went ahead 1-0 when senior midfielder Meghan Anderson sent a pass through traffic to the top of the penalty area for Latham to net her 18th goal of the season at 35:49

Tanaka scored her third goal of the season for a 2-0 advantage at 50:17, following quick passes from Anderson and junior defender Breanna Boyd. Anderson, Nebraska's career assist leader, recorded her 14th assist to go with 10 goals.

"Anytime you can go up two goals in a close game like that, it's pretty important," Tanaka said. "It just helps so much to take off some of the pressure."

Harms netted a rebound of her own shot -- her eighth goal -- at 82:30, finding an empty net after leaving BYU goalkeeper Jennifer Waldron on the ground after saving the first attempt.

"We played extremely well defensively," Nebraska coach John Walker said. "We were well organized. If you want to go far in the playoffs, you have to have a strong goalkeeper and strong defensive play. We were a solid defensive team this weekend."

Nebraska sophomore keeper Erin Miller recorded a career-high 11 saves en route to her seventh shutout. BYU outshot Nebraska 18-13 for the game, 11-5 on frame.

"Obviously, we're very disappointed," BYU coach Jennifer Rockwood said. "I thought we played a brilliant game. I felt we played well enough to win. They had opportunities, and they put their opportunities away. I thought we played our hearts out. We just couldn't find a way to get it in."

[13] Connecticut 1, Harvard 0

STORRS, Conn. -- Freshman striker Kristen Graczyk’s goal in the 66th minute was enough to give 13th-ranked Connecticut a 1-0 second-round victory over Harvard before 589 at Morrone Stadium

Next up for UConn (18-5) is the winner of Villanova’s Sunday visit to Penn State.

UConn controlled the game’s pace in the early going, getting off seven shots to Harvard’s three in the first half. The Huskies kept attacking after intermission and their persistence finally paid when senior midfielder Alexa Borisjuk sprang Graczyk with a pass into the left side of the box.

Graczyk carried toward the near post, forcing Harvard goalkeeper Cheryl Gunther to commit before firing a left-footed shot just inside the far post for her team-leading 10th goal with 65:28 elapsed.

UConn held a 16-5 shots advantage over the Crimson (11-6) with Huskies senior keeper Shanna Caldwell required to make two saves for her sixth shutout.

Connecticut leads the all-time series 21-3-1 between the two schools who had never before met in the NCAA tournament.

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