Business as usual for Connecticut women in NCAA


STORRS, Conn. -- Stefanie Dolson scored all 12 of her points in the first half to lead a balanced Connecticut offense, and the top-seeded Huskies routed No. 16 seed Hartford 75-39 on Sunday in the first round of the women's NCAA Tournament.

Maya Moore, Bria Hartley and Tiffany Hayes added 12 points each for the Huskies (33-1), playing in the Philadelphia Region as they start their journey toward a third consecutive national championship.

The victory was UConn's 21st straight overall and 82nd in a row at home. The Huskies are hosting the first two rounds of the NCAAs.

Alex Hall scored 10 points to lead Hartford (17-16), which was making its sixth trip to the tournament.

■ Purdue 53, Kansas State 45 -- At Storrs, Conn., Brittany Rayburn scored 21 points as the ninth-seeded Boilermakers topped the No. 8 Wildcats.

Drey Mingo, who overcame a life-threatening bout with meningitis earlier this season, added 16 points for the Boilermakers (21-11), who advance to play Connecticut.

Brittany Chambers had 18 points for Kansas State (21-11), which missed its first 12 shots.

■ Maryland 70, St. Francis (Pa.) 48 -- At College Park, Md., the fourth-seeded Terrapins scored the game's first 13 points, led by 23 at halftime and cruised to victory over the 13th-seeded Red Flash (22-12).

Alyssa Thomas scored 10 of her 16 points in the first half for the No. 4 seed Terrapins (24-7), who have no seniors and six freshmen on the roster.

■ Georgetown 65, Princeton 49 -- At College Park, Md., Hoyas guard Sugar Rodgers outscored the 12th-seeded Tigers (24-5) in the first half, and fifth-seeded Georgetown rolled to victory.

Rodgers scored 16 before halftime to help stake the Hoyas (23-10) to a 34-14 lead.

DALLAS REGION

■ Baylor 66, Prairie View 30 -- At Waco, Texas, Brittney Griner and Brooklyn Pope each had 17 points as the top-seeded Bears pounded the 16th-seeded Panthers (21-12).

The Lady Bears (32-2) raced out to a 16-0 lead at home, while Prairie View missed its first 12 shots before finally getting a layup from Robin Jones more than nine minutes into the game.

■ West Virginia 79, Houston 73 -- At Waco, Texas, Liz Repella scored 26 points, and Madina Ali added 13 points and 15 rebounds as the ninth-seeded Mountaineers (24-9) held off the eighth-seeded Cougars (26-6).

■ Michigan State 69, Northern Iowa 66 -- At Wichita, Kan., Big Ten player of the year Kalisha Keane scored 17 points, Taylor Alton added 14, and the fourth-seeded Spartans (27-5) fended off the 13th-seeded Panthers (27-6).

■ Wisconsin-Green Bay 59, Arkansas-Little Rock 55 -- At Wichita, Kan., Kayla Tetschlag scored 24 points, and the fifth-seeded Phoenix (33-1) extended their winning streak to 21 games. by edging the 12th-seeded Trojans (23-8).

■ Georgia 56, Middle Tennessee 41 -- At Auburn, Ala., Jasmine James scored 18 points, and the sixth-seeded Lady Bulldogs (22-10) were too much for the 11th-seeded Blue Raiders (23-8), who wore patches on their right shoulders in memory of a lost teammate.

Middle Tennessee's Tina Stewart was stabbed to death March 2. Her freshman roommate was charged with first-degree murder in her death.

■ Florida State 76, Samford 46 -- At Auburn, Ala., Cierra Bravard had 23 points and 13 rebounds, pacing the third-seeded Seminoles (24-7) in a rout of the 14th-seeded Bulldogs (25-8).

■ Texas A&M 87, McNeese State 47 -- At Bossier City, La., Danielle Adams scored 18 points, and Kelsey Assarian and Tyra White each added 12 points as the second-seeded Aggies (28-5) ripped the 15th-seeded Cowgirls (26-7).

The Aggies raced to a 22-3 lead and led by 39 five minutes into the second half.

■ Rutgers 76, Louisiana Tech 51 -- At Bossier City, La., April Sykes scored 22 points, and the seventh-seeded Scarlet Knights (20-12) quieted a hostile crowd while cruising past the 10th-seeded Lady Techsters (24-8).

DAYTON REGION

■ Oklahoma 86, James Madison 72 -- At Charlottesville, Va., Whitney Hand scored 24 points, and the sixth-seeded Sooners (22-11) squandered much of a 19-point second-half lead before holding on to beat the 11th-seeded Dukes (26-8).

Former Bishop Gorman standout Aaryn Ellenberg added 17 points for Oklahoma.

■ Miami 80, Gardner-Webb 62 -- At Charlottesville, Va., Riquna Williams scored 17 of her 28 points in the first half, and the third-seeded Hurricanes (28-4) beat the Bulldogs (23-11) to win a tournament game for the first time since 1993.

SPOKANE REGION

■ Xavier 72, South Dakota State 56 -- At Cincinnati, Ta'Shia Phillips had 27 points and 15 rebounds, and the second-seeded Musketeers (29-2) overcame a slow start to beat the 15th-seeded Jackrabbits (19-14).

■ Louisville 81, Vanderbilt 62 -- At Cincinnati, freshman point guard Shoni Schimmel had 19 points, and the seventh-seeded Cardinals (21-12) ripped the 10th-seeded Commodores (20-12).

 

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