Connecticut women open with decisive victory
STORRS, Conn. — Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis led six Connecticut players in double figures as the Connecticut Huskies routed Idaho 105-37 on Saturday in the opening round of the Bridgeport Regional at the women's NCAA tournament.
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.
Vanderbilt 60,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.
Maryland 72, Quinnipiac 52
At College Park, Md., Alyssa Thomas had 29 points and 13 rebounds, and Maryland spoiled Quinnipiac's debut in the NCAA women's tournament.
Michigan State 55, Marist 47
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.
Tennessee 83, Oral Roberts 62
At 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.
Creighton 61, Syracuse 56
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.
UCLA 66, Stetson 49
At 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.
Oklahoma 78,Central Michigan 73
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.
Texas A&M 71, Wichita State 45
At 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.
Nebraska 73, Chattanooga 59
Jordan Hooper made four 3-pointers in the second half and finished with 21 points, helping Nebraska rally from nine points down to beat Chattanooga.
Hooper also grabbed 12 rebounds and Lindsey Moore added 13 points for sixth-seeded Nebraska (25-9), which won for the 12th time in 14 games.
Taylor Hall scored 13 and Alex Black added 12 to lead the 11th-seeded Lady Mocs (29-4), who had won 19 in a row.
South Carolina 74,South Dakota State 52
At Boulder, Colo., Ashley Brunner had 15 points and 11 rebounds to lead South Carolina to a victory 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.
Kansas 67, Colorado 52
Angel Goodrich and Carolyn Davis each scored 14 points and 12th-seeded Kansas upset No. 5 seed Colorado on the Buffaloes' home floor.
California 90, Fresno State 76
At 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).
South Florida 71, Texas Tech 70
Inga Orekhova scored 20 points, including five 3s, to lead No. 10 South Florida past host Texas Tech.
Andrell Smith added 13 points in the win over the seventh-seeded Lady Raiders.
Iowa State 72, Gonzaga 60
At 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 in the opening round of the NCAA women's tournament.
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.
Georgia 70, Montana 50
Jasmine Hassell scored 16 points, Shacobia Barbee added 13, and fourth-seeded Georgia used a big run midway through the second half to pull away from Montana.
Jasmine James added 11 points for the Lady Bulldogs (26-6).