UConn women wallop Idaho, 105-37
STORRS, Conn. -- Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis led six Connecticut players in double figures as the No. 1 UConn women’s basketball team routed No. 16 Idaho, 105-37, in an NCAA women’s basketball tournament first-round game in the Bridgeport Region on Saturday.
Mosqueda-Lewis finished with 22 points, all in the first half. Morgan Tuck had 18, and Moriah Jefferson added 16 for the Huskies (30-4), who advanced to the second round for the 20th straight time in their 25th consecutive tournament appearance.
The Huskies will play eighth-seeded Vanderbilt on Monday. The Commodores beat Saint Joseph’s 60-54 earlier Saturday.
Stacey Barr had 14 points for Idaho (17-16), which was playing its second NCAA tournament game ever after upsetting Seattle for the Western Athletic Conference title.
UConn led by as many as 74 in the second half before Idaho made some baskets late.
No. 8 VANDERBILT 60,
No. 9 SAINT JOSEPH’S 54
Tiffany Clarke had 16 points and 12 rebounds to lead Vanderbilt over Saint Joseph’s in the first round of the NCAA women’s basketball tournament.
Chatilla van Grinsven scored 14 points, all in the second half, for Saint Joseph’s (20-12). Natasha Clound and Ilze Gotfrida each chipped in 10.
Vanderbilt (23-8) led most of the way and was up 40-30 after Lister’s 3-pointer with 15:54 to play.
Saint Joseph’s would not go away, tying it at 48 on a layup by Van Grinsven with 6:48 to go. She had six points in the 8-0 run that closed the gap.
But Heather Bowe’s driving layup gave the Commodores the lead back, and Vanderbilt held it down the stretch.
No. 4 MARYLAND 72,
No. 13 Quinnipiac 52
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Alyssa Thomas had 29 points and 13 rebounds, and Maryland spoiled Quinnipiac’s debut in the NCAA women’s tournament.
The Terrapins (25-7) trailed by nine in the first half, moved in front 27-23 at the break and dominated the second half against the smaller Bobcats, who couldn’t stop Thomas’ repeated forays into the lane.
Tianna Hawkins had 23 points and 16 rebounds for Maryland, which will next face the winner of the Marist-Michigan State game, held later Saturday.
Felicia Barron scored 13 for Quinnipiac (30-3), the Northeast Conference champions. The Bobcats had won 22 straight since a 74-57 defeat against Georgia Tech on Dec. 29.
No. 5 MICHIGAN STATE 55, No. 12 MARIST 47
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Kiana Johnson scored 16 points, Annalise Pickrel added 14 and Michigan State halted Marist’s string of first-round NCAA upsets.
Jasmine Thomas added 10 points for the Spartans (25-8). Michigan State advanced to the second round for the eighth time in nine NCAA appearances, a streak interrupted by a loss to Louisville on the same College Park floor a year ago.
Casey Dulin scored 13 points for the Red Foxes (26-7). Marist has made a name for itself by pulling first-round upsets as double-digit seeds, advancing to the second round as a No. 13 seed a year ago and as a No. 10 in 2011.
No. 2 TENNESSEE 83,
No. 15 ORAL ROBERTS 62
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Meighan Simmons scored 18 points, and the Tennessee Lady Vols defeated Oral Roberts in their first NCAA tournament game of the post-Pat Summitt era.
Tennessee advanced to a second-round game against No. 10 seed Creighton (25-7).
The Lady Vols (25-7) got points from all 11 players and improved to 51-0 in NCAA tournament games on their home floor.
Tennessee is 49-1 in first-round and second-round games. The Lady Vols have played in every NCAA tournament since the event started in 1982 and have lost in the first two rounds just once, falling to Ball State in a 2009 opening-round game.
All of those wins came under Summitt, who stepped down last April after leading Tennessee to eight national titles and 18 Final Fours in 38 seasons.
No. 10 CREIGHTON 61,
No. 7 SYRACUSE 56
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- McKenzie Fujan scored a career-high 24 points as Creighton held off a late Syracuse rally to beat the Orange and earn their first NCAA tournament victory since 1994.
After trailing by 10 points with less than five minutes remaining, Syracuse had a chance to tie the game with a 3-pointer in the final seconds, but Elashier Hall’s shot hit the right side of the rim. Creighton’s Sarah Nelson added two free throws with three-tenths of a second left.
Kayla Alexander, the leading scorer in Syracuse history, had 23 points and eight rebounds for the Orange (24-8). Carmen Tyson-Thomas added 13 points for Syracuse, which was seeking its first NCAA tournament victory ever.
Fujan shot 6 of 10 from 3-point range for Creighton (25-7) and had 17 points by halftime. Nelson added 17 points.
No. 3 UCLA 66,
No. 14 STETSON 49
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Nirra Fields led UCLA’s balanced offense with 13 points and the Bruins rolled to a win over Stetson.
The Bruins took an 11-0 lead and were never threatened by the Hatters.
Jasmine Dixon added 10 points and 10 rebounds and Atonye Nyingifa had 10 points and eight rebounds for the spread-the-wealth Bruins (26-7).
Victoria McGowan had 14 points and 14 rebounds for Stetson (24-9), with Sasha Sims adding 13 points
No. 6 OKLAHOMA 78, No. 11 CENTRAL MICHIGAN 73
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Joanna McFarland had 18 points and a career-high 17 rebounds and Aaryn Ellenberg scored 18 of her 22 points in the second half to lead Oklahoma to a victory over Central Michigan.
Despite 24 turnovers, the Sooners had just enough to hold off the Chippewas (21-12), who were making their third trip to the NCAA and first since 1984. Crystal Bradford had a sensational game for CMU with a career-high 36 points (on 14 of 31 shooting from the field) with 14 rebounds and seven steals.
Ellenberg, who held Oklahoma’s season (103) and career (272) records for 3-pointers made, hit 4 of 5 in the second half to rally her team, which was struggling to hold onto the lead. None was bigger than her shot behind the arc with 3:11 left and late in the shot clock to extend the lead to 71-60.
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