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Seminoles Deny Princeton a First NCAA Win

Princeton head coach Courtney Banghart instructs her team in the first half of a first-round game in the women's NCAA college basketball tournament Sunday March 24, 2013, in Waco, Texas. Florida State won 60-44. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Princeton head coach Courtney Banghart instructs her team in the first half of a first-round game in the women's NCAA college basketball tournament Sunday March 24, 2013, in Waco, Texas. Florida State won 60-44. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Waco, Texas — Princeton’s first NCAA tournament win will have to come without four-year standout Niveen Rasheed.

Leonor Rodriguez and Morgan Toles scored 12 points apiece, and Florida State won its 10th straight first-round NCAA tournament game with a 60-44 win yesterday, denying the Tigers their first victory in four straight NCAA tries as Ivy League champion.

The ninth-seeded Tigers had more turnovers (19) than field goals (17) and shot just 25 percent. Rasheed, just a 36 percent shooter in two previous NCAA games, had nine points on 3 of 15 shooting.

Florida State guard Cheetah Delgado doesn’t shoot often, but didn’t hesitate for a moment when Princeton tried to rally in the second half. Just 18 seconds after the Tigers pulled within a point at the end of a 10-0 run, Delgado hit a jumper to steady the eighth-seeded Seminoles (23-9), who haven’t lost a first-round game since 1990.

Purdue 77, Liberty 43

Louisville, Ky. — Courtney Moses scored 21 points, hitting 5 of 8 from 3-point range, and Purdue routed Liberty. The Boilermakers (25-8) improved to 19-1 in the first round with their 16th straight victory to open the tournament.

Louisville 74, MTSU 49

Louisville, Ky. — Shoni Schimmel scored 20 points, and fifth-seeded Louisville beat Middle Tennessee for its fifth straight opening NCAA tournament win under coach Jeff Walz.

Baylor 82
Prairie View A&M 40

Waco, Texas — Brittney Griner had 33 points, 10 rebounds, six blocks and another dunk, and defending champion Baylor opened the NCAA tournament with an easy victory.

Bridgeport Regional

Kentucky 61, Navy 41

New York — DeNesha Stallworth scored 18 points and Jennifer O’Neill added nine of her 12 points in the second half to lead Kentucky over Navy.

Dayton 96
St. John’s 90 (2ot)

New York — Andrea Hoover scored a career-high 24 points and Dayton outlasted St. John’s.

UNC 59, Albany 54

Newark, Del. — Tierra Ruffin-Pratt scored a career-high 30 points, and North Carolina squeezed past Albany to stagger into the second round of the NCAA tournament.

Delaware 66, WVU 53

Newark, Del. — Elena Delle Donne scored 33 points and led a second-half surge that carried Delaware past West Virginia.

Norfolk Regional

Duke 67, Hampton 51

Durham, n.c.— Tricia Liston scored 13 of her 20 points in the second half and Duke pulled away to beat Hampton.

Oklahoma State 73
Depaul 56

Durham, n.c. — Toni Young scored 20 of her 25 points in the first half to help Oklahoma State beat DePaul.

Iowa 69, Miami 53

Iowa City, Iowa — Samantha Logic had 23 points with 11 rebounds and Iowa beat eighth-seeded Miami to snapping a two-game losing streak in the NCAA tournament.

Notre Dame 97,
Tennessee-Martin 64

Iowa City, Iowa — Jewell Loyd scored 27 points and top-seeded Notre Dame blew past Tennessee-Martin.

Spokane Regional

Stanford 72, Tulsa 56

Stanford, Calif. — Chiney Ogwumike had 29 points, eight rebounds and three assists, and top-seeded Stanford pulled away in the second half from the 16th seed.

Michigan 60, Villanova 52

Stanford, Calif. — Kate Thompson hit a key 3-pointer down the stretch and another late jumper to finish with 17 points, and No. 8 seed Michigan overcame a cold-shooting first half to beat ninth-seeded Villanova.

LSU 75, Green Bay 71

Baton Rouge, La. (AP) — Danielle Ballard capped a 16-point performance by hitting a key free throw with 4 seconds to go, and LSU held off Green Bay.

Penn State 85
Cal Poly 65

Baton Rouge, La. — Maggie Lucas scored 19 points, Alex Bentley added 18 and third-seeded Penn State overwhelmed NCAA women’s tournament newcomer Cal Poly.

While the dynamic Lucas scored from all over the court, Penn State (26-5) also used its size advantage to assert itself inside on both ends.

The 6-foot-2 Mia Nickson, 6-3 Talia East and 6-4 Nikki Greene combined for 32 rebounds, and the Lady Lions outrebounded Cal Poly 52-40 overall.

Penn State outscored the Mustangs 44-28 in the paint.

Nickson finished with 13 points and 13 rebounds, Greene scored 11 points and East grabbed 12 rebounds for Penn State.

Molly Schlemer led Cal Poly (21-11), the 14th seed in the Spokane Region, with 24 points.