Day of the Devils on Day 1
Durham, n.c. — Megan Rogowski scored 24 points and hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 40.5 seconds left to help DePaul beat Oklahoma 104-100 on Saturday in the first round of the NCAA tournament in the Lincoln Regional.
Chanise Jenkins added 21 points and Brittany Hrynko had 19 for the seventh-seeded Blue Demons (28-6). They blew a 19-point lead with under 16 minutes left, then rallied for a wild win.
Aaryn Ellenberg had 36 points and seven 3s for the 10th-seeded Sooners (18-15), who set a tournament record for most points by a losing team in a regulation game. The 204 combined points also made it the highest scoring regulation game in the history of the NCAA women’s tournament..
Duke 87, Winthrop 45
Durham, n.c. — Tricia Liston scored 20 points and Duke routed Winthrop.
Freshman Oderah Chidom added 17 points for the second-seeded Blue Devils (28-6).
Nebraska 75, Fresno St. 55
Los Angeles — Jordan Hooper had 23 points and 11 rebounds, and fourth-seeded Nebraska defeated Fresno State.
Emily Cady added 15 points and 11 rebounds for the Cornhuskers (26-6), the Big Ten tournament champions who have won 13 of 14 games.
BYU 72, N.C. State 57
Los Angeles — Lexi Eaton scored 25 points, Jennifer Hamson finished one block shy of a triple-double and 12th-seeded BYU upset No. 5 North Carolina State.
Hamson, the West Coast Conference Player of the Year, finished with 12 points and tied her career-highs with 19 rebounds and nine blocks.
Notre Dame Regional
Notre Dame 93, Robert Morris 42
Toledo, Ohio — Michaela Mabrey scored 11 of her 16 points in the first half, and top-seeded Notre Dame breezed to a victory in its NCAA tournament opener against 16th-seeded Robert Morris.
Jewell Loyd and Natalie Achonwa added 15 points each for the unbeaten Fighting Irish, who are trying for their fourth straight Final Four appearance. Notre Dame (33-0) is a No. 1 seed for the third straight season.
Arizona State 69 Vanderbilt 61
Toledo, Ohio — Katie Hempen scored 16 points, and ninth-seeded Arizona State handed eighth-seeded Vanderbilt a rare first-round loss in the NCAA tournament, holding off the Commodores.
The Sun Devils (23-9) shot 62 percent to win this matchup between two teams who struggled coming into this tournament. Arizona State had lost three in a row and six of eight. Vanderbilt’s loss Saturday was its fifth straight and 10th in 12 games.
Kentucky 106, Wright St. 60
Lexington, Ky. — Jennifer O’Neill scored 21 points, Samarie Walker added 12 with 14 rebounds and third-seeded Kentucky crushed No. 14 Wright State. Kentucky shot 55 percent from the field, grabbed a school-record 67 rebounds and recorded a season-high 12 blocks.
Syracuse 59, Chattanooga 53
Lexington, Ky. — Syracuse guard Brittney Sykes had 13 points and 12 rebounds before injuring her right knee midway through the second half as the sixth-seeded Orange beat Chattanooga for its first-ever NCAA tournament win.
Leading 40-36 with 12:46 remaining, Sykes drove to the basket before grabbing her leg and screaming.
Purdue 84, Akron 55
West Lafayette, Ind. — Whitney Bays scored 20 points and Courtney Moses added 12 as Purdue routed Akron.
Moses tied the school’s career record for 3s. She made two, giving her 238 — the same total Katie Gearlds had during her All-American career. The win also gave coach Sharon Versyp her 300th career win.
Oklahoma State 61 Fla. Gulf Coast 60 (ot)
West Lafayette, Ind. — Tiffany Bias’ driving layup with 41 seconds remaining in overtime lifted No. 5 seed Oklahoma State to a victory over No. 12 seed Florida Gulf Coast.
The teams traded the lead in OT before Bias’ layup.
Tennessee 70, Northwestern St. 46
Knoxville, Tenn. — Isabelle Harrison scored 12 points and sparked a game-changing 12-0 run as No. 1 seed Tennessee withstood an ailing head coach and a lethargic first-half performance to beat Northwestern State.
Tennessee coach Holly Warlick missed the Lady Vols’ morning shootaround with what school officials described as a case of food poisoning. Warlick rejoined her team for the game, but she had an IV port in her left hand during the first half and sat on an orange stool while assistant coach Kyra Elzy stood and shouted instructions.
St. John’s 71, USC 68
Knoxville, Tenn. — Briana Brown sank a 3-pointer with four-tenths of a second left to give No. 8 seed St. John’s a victory over No. 9 seed Southern California.
Southern California guard Brianna Barrett’s desperation shot at the buzzer from at least 35 feet away bounced off the backboard and front rim.
California 64, Fordham 63
Waco, Texas — Brittany Boyd scored 22 points, including the game-winning jumper with 14 seconds left, and California survived for a victory over feisty Fordham.
California (22-9), a Final Four team last season, held on when Erin Rooney’s final shot for the Rams came up short.
Baylor 87, W. Kentucky 74
Waco, Texas — Nina Davis had 32 points and 10 rebounds in her NCAA tournament debut and Odyssey Sims scored 31 points for Baylor.
With coach Kim Mulkey watching the game from her house while serving an NCAA suspension, the Lady Bears (30-4) advanced to play California after the big scoring games by Big 12’s top freshman and their most-experienced player.
Florida State 55, Iowa State 44
Ames, Iowa — Natasha Howard had her school-record 15th double-double of the season with 10 points and 13 rebounds, and 10th-seeded Florida State defeated cold-shooting Iowa State.
The Seminoles (21-11) won their 11th straight tournament opener since 1991, prevailing in a game in which turnovers outnumbered field goals 44-36.
Stanford 81, S. Dakota 62
Ames, Iowa — Chiney Ogwumike scored 23 points to become the Pac-12’s career scoring leader, and Stanford used a couple big runs to pull away from 15th-seeded South Dakota and win.
The Cardinal (30-3), seeded No. 2 in the regional they’ll host next weekend, advanced to a Monday game against No. 10 Florida State.