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BYU Cougars’ second-half rally against DePaul comes up short

ROSEMONT, Ill. — Brigham Young coach Jeff Judkins thought the shot was a sure thing.

Haley Steed’s 3-pointer with a second left had the distance but missed the target as the Cougars lost 59-55 to DePaul on Saturday in the first round of the women’s NCAA Tournament.

"(Haley’s) hit a couple of shots like that this year," Judkins said. "When she shot it, I thought it was in."

Tenth-seeded BYU (26-7) fought back from a late eight-point deficit and had a chance to tie with seconds to play. But DePaul rebounded Steed’s miss and Steed fouled Brittany Hrynko, who hit a free throw to pad the final margin.

Jennifer Hamson led BYU with 21 points, and Kristen Riley added 10 points and 12 rebounds.

DePaul (23-10) opened the second half on a 14-0 run. Coupled with a defensive switch at halftime by the Blue Demons, BYU was forced to play catch-up the rest of the way and went 4 of 16 from behind the 3-point line in the second half.

"We definitely had our open looks, and we make those all the time," Riley said. "They just weren’t falling for us tonight. We usually make those … (and) they were playing great defense inside."

Anna Martin scored 17 points as the seventh-seeded Blue Demons earned a date with No. 2 Tennessee on Monday in the Des Moines Region.

KINGSTON REGION

■ Connecticut 83, Prairie View A&M 47 — At Bridgeport, Conn., Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis scored 21 points, and Bria Hartley added 18 to help the top-seeded Huskies (30-4) roll past the 16th-seeded Lady Panthers (17-16).

■ Kansas State 67, Princeton 64 — At Bridgeport, Conn., Branshea Brown scored a career-high 22 points as the seventh-seeded Wildcats (20-13) beat the 10th-seeded Tigers (24-5), snapping Princeton’s 18-game winning streak.

■ Kentucky 68, McNeese State 62 — At Ames, Iowa, Keyla Snowden scored 11 points, Azia Bishop added 10, and the second-seeded Wildcats (26-6) squeaked by the 15th-seeded Cowgirls (26-8).

■ Green Bay 71, Iowa State 57 — At Ames, Iowa, Lydia Bauer and Sarah Eichler each scored 16 points, and the seventh-seeded Phoenix (31-1) reached the round of 32 for the third straight year, beating the 10th-seeded and host Cyclones (18-13).

■ Gonzaga 86, Rutgers 73 — At Spokane, Wash., Kayla Standish scored 23 points, and Haiden Palmer added 21 as the 11th-seeded and host Bulldogs (27-5) upset the sixth-seeded Scarlet Knights (22-10).

■ Miami 70, Idaho State 41 — At Spokane, Wash., Shenise Johnson scored 20 points, and the third-seeded Hurricanes (26-5) had no problems with the 14th-seeded Bengals (24-8).

DES MOINES REGION

■ Tennessee 72, Tennessee-Martin 49 — At Rosemont, Ill., Meighan Simmons scored 20 points as the second-seeded Lady Vols (25-8) beat the 15th-seeded Skyhawks (23-9), giving coach Pat Summitt a victory over her alma mater.

RALEIGH REGION

■ Maryland 59, Navy 44 — At College Park, Md., Alyssa Thomas had 17 points and 10 rebounds to lead the second-seeded Terrapins (29-4) past the 15th-seeded Midshipmen (18-14).

■ Louisville 67, Michigan State 55 — At College Park, Md., Becky Burke scored 14 points as the seventh-seeded Cardinals (23-9) used a 16-2 run late in the first half to pull away from the 10th-seeded Spartans (20-12).

■ Arkansas 72, Dayton 55 — At College Station, Texas, Quistelle Williams scored 15 points, and the sixth-seeded Razorbacks (24-8) rallied from an early double-digit deficit to defeat the 11th-seeded Flyers (23-7).

■ Texas A&M 69, Albany 47 — At College Station, Texas, Tyra White scored 18 points in her return from injury, and the defending national champion and third-seeded Aggies (23-10) used a 17-4 second-half run to pull away from the 14th-seeded Great Danes (23-10).

FRESNO REGION

■ Stanford 73, Hampton 51 — At Norfolk, Va., Nnemkadi Ogwumike scored 22 of her 28 points in the first half, and the top-seeded Cardinal (32-1) extended their school-record winning streak to 29 by beating the 16th-seeded Pirates (26-5).

■ West Virginia 68, Texas 55 — At Norfolk, Va., Taylor Palmer scored 13 of her 18 points in the second half, and the eighth-seeded Mountaineers (24-9) held off the ninth-seeded Longhorns (18-14) despite squandering most of a 15-point lead. Former Bishop Gorman standout Ashley Gayle led Texas with 11 points.

■ Purdue 83, South Dakota State 68 — At West Lafayette, Ind., Courtney Moses scored 29 points and set a first-round record with nine 3-pointers, helping the fourth-seeded Boilermakers (25-8) beat the 13th-seeded Jackrabbits (24-9).

■ South Carolina 80, Eastern Michigan 48 — At West Lafayette, Ind., Markeshia Grant scored 12 points to lead the fifth-seeded Gamecocks (24-9) over the 12th-seeded Eagles (24-9). Eastern Michigan’s Tavelyn James, the nation’s No. 2 scorer, finished with 11 points, 13 below her average.

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