NCAA hoops: Today's women's tournament results
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Kelley Cain had 18 points and 12 rebounds as top seed Tennessee beat No. 16 seeded Austin Peay 75-42 on Saturday in the opening round of the NCAA women's tournament.
The Lady Vols (31-2), playing in their NCAA-record 29th first-round game, have advanced out of the opening weekend every season except last, when they lost 71-55 to Ball State in the first round.
Cain hit a jumper 30 seconds into the game, and the Lady Vols scored the first 15 points before Austin Peay hit a basket.
The Lady Govs (15-18) got their first points when Ashley Herring hauled in a rebound off Brooke Faulkner's missed jumper and hit a jumper with 13:14 left in the first half.
Herring scored 21 points for Austin Peay, which worked its way into tournament as only the eighth team in history with a losing record by winning the Ohio Valley Conference tournament.
No. 2 Duke 72, No. 15 Hampton 37
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Keturah Jackson scored a career-high 13 points to lead Duke past Hampton.
Jasmine Thomas and Karima Christmas added 13 points apiece for the No. 2 seeded Blue Devils (28-5).
They dominated nearly every stat category, outscored Hampton 35-6 during the final 15:45 of the first half and cruised into a second-round matchup with No. 7 seed LSU on Monday night.
Choicetta McMillian had nine points to lead the 15th-seeded Pirates (20-12). The outmanned Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference champions had a season-low point total and had their six-game winning streak snapped with their most lopsided loss of the year.
The Blue Devils led 40-14 at halftime and were never threatened after that in extending their dominance at Cameron Indoor Stadium, where their only loss since 2008 came earlier this season to top-ranked Connecticut.
No. 7 LSU 60, No. 10 Hartford 39
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — LaSondra Barrett scored 20 points to help LSU beat Hartford in the first round.
Courtney Jones and Allison Hightower each added 10 for the Tigers (21-9), the No. 7 seed in the Memphis Regional. LSU went on an early 17-0 run and was never seriously challenged from there, marking the 12th straight year that the Tigers have won at least one tournament game.
LSU advanced to the second round to play Duke.
Diana Delva scored 12 points for the 10th-seeded Hawks (27-5), who ended the season with back-to-back losses after running off 20 straight victories. Hartford was coming off a loss to Vermont in the America East Conference tournament final.
Things got so bad Saturday for Hartford that coach Jennifer Rizzotti was ejected after picking up her second technical foul with 7:27 to play and her team down 52-29.
No. 8 Dayton 67, No. 9 TCU 66
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Brittany Wilson scored just before the buzzer, and Dayton rallied from an 18-point deficit to beat TCU.
Dayton (25-7) trailed by 18 with 13:07 left and took advantage of TCU (22-9) going cold down the stretch to pull off the incredible rally in the Flyers’ tournament debut.
Patrice Lalor found Wilson inside with time running down, and Wilson hit the layup with 1.1 seconds left to start the celebration at midcourt.
TCU (22-9) lost for a second straight year to a tournament newcomer. This time, the Lady Frogs weren’t taken down by a tournament-tying 16 3-pointers as in 2009 in an upset by South Dakota State. They have only themselves to blame after the Mountain West regular season champ failed to hold onto a lead that was as much 52-34.
No. 6 St. John’s 65, No. 11 Princeton 47
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Da’Shena Stevens scored 19 points, Shenneika Smith added 13 and sixth-seeded St. John’s ran away from Princeton in the first round.
Nadirah McKenith and Centhya Hart each scored 10 for St. John’s (25-6), which will meet either third-seeded Florida State or 14th-seeded Louisiana Tech in the second round of the Dayton Regional on Monday night.
Niveen Rasheed scored 11 points for Ivy League champion Princeton (26-3), which saw its school-record 21-game winning streak — the nation’s third-longest entering the tournament — snapped.
The Tigers shot just 7 of 35 in the first half, falling behind 34-18 at the break and never recovering.
No. 3 Florida State 75, No. 14 Louisiana Tech 61
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Jacinta Monroe and Courtney Ward each scored 16 points, and Florida State clamped down defensively in the second half to escape with a win over Louisiana Tech.
Chasity Clayton and Alexa Deluzio each added 10 points for Florida State (27-5), which will play St. John’s in the second round of the Dayton Regional on Monday night.
Shanavia Dowdell scored 22 of her 28 points in the first half for Louisiana Tech (23-9), which was back in the NCAAs for the first time since 2006 and led by nine after 15 minutes.
The Lady Techsters were outscored by 23 the rest of the way, and shot just 5 of 30 after halftime.
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No. 4 Kentucky 83, No. 13 Liberty 77
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A’dia Mathies scored a career-high 32 points to lead Kentucky to a win over Liberty.
Southeastern Conference Player of the Year Victoria Dunlap added 15 points and eight rebounds for the Wildcats (26-7), who overcame an early nine-point deficit to advance to the second round for the first time since 2006.
Mathies, the SEC Freshman of the Year, set a school record for points in an NCAA tournament game while spearheading a defense that forced the Flames (27-6) into 22 turnovers.
Devon Brown led Liberty with 24 points. Avery Warley chipped in 17 points and 14 rebounds for the Flames, who led at the half but couldn’t keep up when the Wildcats turned up the intensity in the second half.
No. 5 Michigan State 72, No. 12 Bowling Green 62
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Aisha Jefferson scored 17 points to lead Michigan State past Bowling Green in the opening round.
Jasmine Thomas and Brittney Thomas added 11 points each for the Spartans (23-9), who will face either fourth-seeded Kentucky or 13th-seeded Liberty in the second round on Monday night.
Two-time Mid-American Conference Player of the Year Lauren Prochaska led the Falcons (27-7) with 19 points but cooled off after a hot start. She made her first three shots but finished just 5 of 13 from the floor as Bowling Green struggled to contend with Michigan State’s size advantage.
The Spartans outscored the Falcons 28-4 in the paint and forced 16 turnovers to pull away over the final 10 minutes.
No. 2 Texas A&M 84, Portland State 53
SEATTLE (AP) — Danielle Adams scored 23 points, Tanisha Smith added 17 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists, and Texas A&M ran away from pesky Portland State.
Adaora Elonu and Sydney Colson both added 13 points for the Aggies, who kept rolling after knocking off Texas, Nebraska and Oklahoma to win the Big 12 tournament title.
The 15th-seeded Vikings, making their first tournament appearance, led 28-27 late in the first half. That was the wake up call Aggies coach Gary Blair needed. Texas A&M (26-7) closed the first half on a 12-3 run to take a 39-31 lead, then opened the second half with a 18-6 spurt to turn this one into the rout most expected.
Eryn Jones and Claire Faucher led Portland State (18-15) with 15 points apiece.
No. 4 Oklahoma State 70, No. 13 Chattanooga 63
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Toni Young scored 16 of her career-high 22 points in the second half and fourth-Oklahoma State rallied from an 18-point halftime deficit to beat Chattanooga.
The Cowgirls were missing the nation's No. 3 scorer Andrea Riley, who was suspended by the NCAA for the game because she hit an opponent in the back of the head in the first round two years ago.
Tegan Cunningham scored 19 of her 25 points in the second half for Oklahoma State (24-10), which outscored the Lady Mocs 51-26 after the break.
Riley, who averaged 26.6 points per game, cheered on the Cowgirls from two rows behind the team bench as frustrated Chattanooga committed 17 second-half turnovers.
Kayla Christopher scored 15 and Shanara Hollinquest 14 for the No. 13 seed Lady Mocs (24-9).
No. 8 Iowa 70, No. 9 Rutgers 63
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Kamille Wahlin shook off a slow start and scored nine straight points in a 2½-minute span late on the way to 15, and Iowa denied Rutgers coach C. Vivian Stringer a victory over her old school.
Kachine Alexander had 18 points, eight rebounds and four assists and Jaime Printy added 15 points in Iowa's first NCAA tournament victory since 2002. The Hawkeyes knocked down 10 3-pointers, three each by Wahlin and Printy, and overcame 18 turnovers.
Stringer acknowledged she wasn't thrilled to be playing Iowa, the program she coached from 1983-95 and took to its only Final Four in '93.
Brittany Ray scored 15 points to lead the Scarlet Knights, whose inconsistent season made them a bubble team to even receive a tournament berth.