March 25, 2013

NCAA Women: Duke takes down Hampton in first round

The Associated Press

DURHAM, N.C. - Tricia Liston scored 13 of her 20 points in the second half and second-seeded Duke pulled away for a 67-51 win over No. 15 Hampton in the first round of the Norfolk Regional.

Elizabeth Williams added 18 points and Haley Peters had 12 points and 10 boards for Duke (31-2). Keiara Avant had 18 points for Hampton (28-6).

(7) OKLAHOMA STATE 73, (10) DEPAUL 56: Toni Young scored 20 of her 25 points in the first half to help Oklahoma State (22-10) beat DePaul (21-12) in the second game at Durham.

(1) NOTRE DAME 97, (16) TENNESSEE-MARTIN 64: Jewell Loyd scored 27 points and top-seeded Notre Dame (32-1) blew past Tennessee-Martin (19-15) at Iowa City, Iowa.

(9) IOWA 69, (8) MIAMI 53: Samantha Logic had 23 points and 11 rebounds to help host Iowa (21-12) beat Miami (21-11).

Melissa Dixon added 13 points in the second half for the Hawkeyes, who broke open a stalemate with an 18-3 run, jumping ahead 58-44 with 7:07 left.

BRIDGEPORT REGIONAL

(3) NORTH CAROLINA 59, (14) ALBANY 54: Tierra Ruffin-Pratt scored a career-high 30 points, and North Carolina (29-6) squeezed past Albany (27-4) at Newark, Del., to stagger into the second round.

Ruffin-Pratt rallied North Carolina from a 48-44 second-half deficit and hit two clinching free-throws with 10.8 seconds left.

(6) DELAWARE 66, (11) WEST VIRGINIA 53: Elena Delle Donne scored 33 points and led a second-half surge that carried Delaware (31-3) past West Virginia (17-14) in the early game at Newark.

Playing on their home floor, the Blue Hens trailed 33-26 at halftime before bouncing back to extend their school-record winning streak to 26 games.

(7) DAYTON 96, (10) ST. JOHN'S 90: Andrea Hoover scored a career-high 24 points and Dayton outlasted St. John's (18-13) in a double-overtime win at New York.

Brittany Wilson hit a go-ahead 3-pointer and Kelley Austria had a three-point play to make it 90-86 with 2:11 left in the second extra period. Olivia Applewhite added a basket with 47 seconds left to seal it.

The Red Storm trailed by 13 with 5:30 left in regulation before rallying. Nadirah McKenith hit a layup with one-tenth of a second left to force OT. Dayton's Amber Deane tied it with 15 seconds left in OT to force a second one.

(2) KENTUCKY 61, (15) NAVY 41: DeNesha Stallworth scored 18 points and Jennifer O'Neill added nine of her 12 points in the second half to lead Kentucky (28-5) over Navy (21-12) at New York.

The Wildcats trailed by one at the half before O'Neill took over. She hit a 3-pointer to start a 12-2 run and had seven points, a steal and an assist during the burst.

OKLAHOMA CITY REGIONAL

(4) PURDUE 77, (13) LIBERTY 43: Courtney Moses scored 21 points, hitting 5 of 8 from 3-point range, as Purdue (25-8) routed Liberty (27-7) at Louisville, Ky.

(5) LOUISVILLE 74, (12) MIDDLE TENNESSEE 49: Shoni Schimmel scored 20 points, and host Louisville (25-8) beat Middle Tennessee (25-8) for its fifth straight tournament-opening win.

(1) BAYLOR 82, (16) PRAIRIE VIEW A&M 40: Brittney Griner had 33 points, 10 rebounds, six blocks and another dunk, and the defending champion Bears (33-1) opened with an easy win over the Panthers (17-15) at Waco, Texas.

(8) FLORIDA STATE 60, (9) PRINCETON 44: Leonor Rodriguez and Morgan Toles each scored 12 points to help the Seminoles (23-9) beat the Tigers (22-7) in the early game at Waco.

SPOKANE REGIONAL

(1) STANFORD 72, (16) TULSA 56: Chiney Ogwumike had 29 points and eight rebounds as the host Cardinal (32-2) pulled away in the second half from the Hurricane (17-17).

(8) MICHIGAN 60, (9) VILLANOVA 52: Kate Thompson hit a key 3-pointer down the stretch and finished with 17 points as Michigan (22-10) overcame a cold-shooting first half to beat Villanova (21-11) at Stanford, Calif.

(6) LSU 75, (11) GREEN BAY 71: Danielle Ballard capped a 16-point performance by hitting a key free throw with 4 seconds to go, and host LSU (21-11) held off Green Bay (29-3).

(3) PENN STATE 85, (14) CAL POLY 65: Maggie Lucas scored 19 points, Alex Bentley added 18 and Penn State beat tournament newcomer Cal Poly (21-11) at Baton Rouge, La.

Mia Nickson, Talia East and Nikki Greene combined for 32 rebounds for the Lions.

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