AXTELL, Neb. — The Fort Hays State University women’s golf team finished 16th at the UNK Spring Invitational, held Saturday and Sunday at Awarii Dunes Golf Course.

Hannah Perkins led the way for FHSU by tying for 61st with a score of 170 (90,80). Hannah Karasiuk tied for 65th, shooting rounds of 90 and 81. Hadley Tharp was 81st with rounds of 101 and 85. Quillen Eichhorn tied for 82nd with rounds of 103 and 87 and Bailey Jones shot two round of 98.

Northeastern State won the 16-team tournament with a total of 607. The Tigers shot 712 as a team.

Syracuse pushes pace vs. Virginia to reach Final Four

CHICAGO (TNS) — The Final Four was just a dream to Trevor Cooney after Syracuse lost five of its last six games before the NCAA tournament. And it seemed even further from reality Sunday when the Orange trailed top-seeded Virginia by 15 in the second half of their Elite Eight matchup.

So how in the name of Jim Boeheim was Cooney standing at center court of the United Center wearing a commemorative orange T-shirt and black cap while teammates cut down the nets after a 68-62 win in the Midwest Region final?

“Defense has picked it up,” Cooney said. “When you make these runs, it’s in that 2-3.”

UNC advances to Final Four with win over ND

PHILADELPHIA (TNS) — North Carolina’s players stood in front of their bench with less than a minute to play in Sunday night’s game, waving their arms toward the crowd, urging the Tar Heels fans to make some noise.

Moments later, with about 30 seconds remaining in the Tar Heels’ 88-74 victory against Notre Dame in the NCAA Tournament East Region championship, Roy Williams substituted for Marcus Paige, the senior guard who came out to a big roar.

UNC believed it would end its season in Houston all along, if only it could put its considerable pieces together — if only the Tar Heels could realize their potential. They have in the postseason, first by running through the ACC tournament, and now by doing the same — to this point, at least — in the NCAA Tournament.

UNC’s 12-0 run was part of a larger 22-9 run that gave the Tar Heels a 73-61 lead with five minutes remaining.

From there, all the Tar Heels had to do was close it out. And then celebrate.