Huskies Cruise in Opener
Idaho's Ali Forde, left, and Connecticut's Kiah Stokes fight for a rebound in the first half of a first-round game in the women's NCAA college basketball tournament in Storrs, Conn., Saturday, March 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
Storrs, Conn. — Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis led six Connecticut players in double figures as Connecticut routed Idaho 105-37 in the Bridgeport regional yesterday.
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 tomorrow.
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
Storrs, Conn. — Tiffany Clarke had 16 points and 12 rebounds to lead Vanderbilt over Saint Joseph’s.
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.
No. 4 Maryland 72
No. 13 Quinnipiac 52
College Park, Md. — Alyssa Thomas had 29 points and 13 rebounds, and Maryland spoiled Quinnipiac’s NCAA tournament debut.
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.
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.
Oklahoma City Regional
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.
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.
No. 3 UCLA 66
No. 14 Stetson 49
Columbus, Ohio — Nirra Fields led UCLA’s balanced offense with 13 points and the Bruins rolled over Stetson.
The Bruins took an 11-0 lead and were never threatened by the Hatters.
No. 6 Oklahoma 78
No. 11 C. 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 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.
No. 3 Texas A&M 71
No. 14 Wichita State 45
College Station, Texas — Kristi Bellock tied a career high with 18 points and Texas A&M routed Wichita State.
Playing in front of a hometown crowd, the Aggies used a big run at the end of the first half to erase a one-point deficit and take a 13-point lead into halftime. A 12-2 spurt early in the second half extended the lead to 52-29, and Texas A&M cruised to the victory.
No. 4 S. Carolina 74
No. 13 S. Dakota St. 52
Boulder, Colo. — Ashley Brunner had 15 points and 11 rebounds to lead South Carolina over South Dakota State.
The Gamecocks (25-7), who won a school-record 11 Southeastern Conference games this season, used their superior athleticism and stout defense to make quick work of the 13th-seeded Jackrabbits (25-8), the Summit League regular season and tournament champs.
No. 2 California 90
No. 15 Fresno State 76
Lubbock, Texas — Brittany Boyd scored 21 points and added a career-high 13 rebounds to lead California over Fresno State.
Layshia Clarendon added 19 points and Gennifer Brandon had 17 points and 12 rebounds for California (29-3).
No. 5 Iowa State 72
No. 12 Gonzaga 60
Spokane, Wash. — Chelsea Poppens scored 19 points, Hallie Christofferson scored 11 of her 18 in the second half, and Iowa State ended Gonzaga’s dominance at home.
Gonzaga went 4-0 the past two seasons playing on its home floor at the McCarthey Athletic Center during the NCAAs in reaching the round of 16. Iowa State (24-8) finally solved beating Gonzaga at home thanks to dynamic shooting from behind the 3-point line and an awful shooting performance by the Bulldogs.
Brynn Williamson hit five 3-pointers and scored 17 points for the Cyclones.
Taelor Karr led Gonzaga (27-6) with 15 points, but the Bulldogs shot just 32 percent.