Joanne P. McCallie squatted on the sideline, staring in disbelief as her top-seeded Duke Blue Devils fell apart in an arena where she was once adored.
Michigan State fans came to boo their former coach.
They ended up cheering as loudly as they have in years, witnessing a rare second-round upset against a woman who bolted for her dream job two years ago.
Mia Johnson scored a season-high 17 points and Lauren Aitch had 15, lifting the ninth-seeded Spartans (22-10) to a 63-49 win Tuesday night over mighty Duke (27-6).
"It was never about playing Coach P. It was all about us," Michigan State forward Aisha Jefferson said. "A lot of people just look at the name 'Duke' and that's the end of the game right there."
"I was just trying to focus on us getting stops and scores," McCallie said. "And we didn't get either."
Michigan State will face Iowa State on Saturday in the Berkeley Regional semifinals.
Iowa State 71, Ball State 57: : Nicky Wieben scored 18 points in Bowling Green, Ky., as the fourth-seeded Cyclones (26-8) held off the 12th-seeded, upset-minded Cardinals (26-9) to advance to the regional semifinals for the first time in eight years.
Louisville 62, LSU 52: : Angel McCoughtry (St. Frances) scored 28 points and the third-seeded Cardinals (31-4) gained their second straight regional semifinal.
Allison Hightower scored 21 for the sixth-seeded Lady Tigers (19-11), who had won their past 12 tournament games at home.
Baylor 68, South Dakota State 58: : Kelli Griffin, who had 21 total points, hit a floater with 0.5 of a second remaining in Lubbock, Texas, to put the second-seeded Lady Bears (29-5) into the semifinals against Louisville.
Jennifer Warkenthien scored 18 points to lead the seventh-seeded Jackrabbits (32-3).
Connecticut 87, Florida 59: : Renee Montgomery scored 25 points in her final game at home, and the top-seeded Huskies (35-0) advanced for the 16th straight season to the regional semifinals, in which they will play No. 4 seed California on Sunday.
Tina Charles had 22 points against the eighth-seeded Gators (24-8).
Texas A&M; 73, Minnesota 42: : Sydney Colson had six steals to pace the Aggies (27-7) to a season-high 20 in South Bend, Ind., and second seed Texas A&M; forced a season-high 32 turnovers.
Ashley Ellis-Milan scored 15 points to lead the Gophers (20-12), who shot 35 percent.
The Aggies will play No. 6 seed Arizona State on Sunday.
Okla. City Regional
Oklahoma 69, Georgia Tech 50: : Danielle Robinson scored 17 points and had seven assists and the top-seeded Sooners (30-4) advanced in Iowa City, Iowa, to Sunday's semifinals against fourth seed Pittsburgh.
Deja Foster had 15 to lead Georgia Tech (22-10), which shot 5-for-29 in the second half.