March 24, 2013

NCAA Women: Huskies strong in pack, run rampant vs. Vandals

The Associated Press

STORRS, Conn. - Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis led six Connecticut players in double figures as the top-ranked Huskies routed 16th-ranked Idaho 105-37 in first-round play of the NCAA women's basketball tournament.

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South Dakota State’s Ashley Eide gets a shoulder to the face while trying to stop a pass by South Carolina’s Ashley Bruner (21) during Saturday’s game in Boulder, Colo.

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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.

The Huskies will play eighth-seeded Vanderbilt on Monday. The Commodores beat Saint Joseph's 60-54 earlier Saturday.

Stacey Barr had 14 points for Idaho (17-16).

UConn led by as many as 74 in the second half before Idaho made some baskets late.

VANDERBILT 60, SAINT JOSEPH'S 54: Tiffany Clarke had 16 points and 12 rebounds to lead Vanderbilt in Storrs, Conn.

Chatilla van Grinsven scored 14 points, all in the second half, for Saint Joseph's (20-12). Natasha Clound and Ilze Gotfrida each chipped in 10.

Vanderbilt (23-8) led most of the way and was up 40-30 after Lister's 3-pointer with 15:54 to play.

MARYLAND 72, QUINNIPIAC 52: Alyssa Thomas had 29 points and 13 rebounds, and the Terrapins (25-7) spoiled the Bulldogs (30-3) tournament debut in College Park, Md.

The Terrapins trailed by nine in the first half, moved in front 27-23 at the break and dominated the second half against the smaller Bobcats, who couldn't stop Thomas' repeated forays into the lane.

MICHIGAN STATE 55, MARIST 47: Kiana Johnson scored 16 points, Annalise Pickrel added 14 and the Spartans (25-8) halted the Red Foxes (26-7) string of first-round NCAA upsets at College Park, Md.

TENNESSEE 83, ORAL ROBERTS 62: Meighan Simmons scored 18 points, and the Lady Vols (25-7) defeated Oral Roberts in their first NCAA tournament game of the post-Pat Summitt era in Knoxville, Tenn.

CREIGHTON 61, SYRACUSE 56: McKenzie Fujan scored a career-high 24 points as Creighton (25-7) held off a late Syracuse (24-8) rally to beat the Orange and earn their first NCAA tournament victory since 1994 in Knoxville, Tenn.

UCLA 66, STETSON 49: Nirra Fields led UCLA's balanced offense with 13 points and the Bruins (26-7) rolled to a win over Stetson (24-7) in Columbus, Ohio.

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 the Sooners past the Chippewas (21-12) in Columbus, Ohio.

TEXAS A&M 71, WICHITA STATE 45: Kristi Bellock tied a career high with 18 points and the Aggies (25-9) routed Wichita State (24-10) in College Station, Texas.

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.

NEBRASKA 73, CHATTANOOGA 59: Jordan Hooper scored 18 of her 21 points in the second half, helping the Sooners (24-8) rally from nine points down in College Station, Texas, to beat the Lady Mocs (29-4), who had won 19 in a row.

CALIFORNIA 90, FRESNO STATE 76: Brittany Boyd scored 21 points and added a career-high 13 rebounds to lead the Golden Bears (29-3) over the Bulldogs (24-9) in Lubbock, Texas.

SOUTH FLORIDA 71, TEXAS TECH 70: Inga Orekhova scored 20 points, including five 3s, to lead the Bulls (22-10) past the host Raiders (21-11).

SOUTH CAROLINA 74, SOUTH DAKOTA STATE 52: Ashley Brunner had 15 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Gamecocks (25-7) over the Jackrabbits (25-8) in Boulder, Colo.

KANSAS 67, COLORADO 52: Angel Goodrich and Carolyn Davis each scored 14 points and Kansas (19-13) upset the Buffaloes (25-7), whose first trip to the NCAA tournament in nine years came to an unexpected end in Boulder, Colo.

IOWA STATE 72, (12) GONZAGA 60: Chelsea Poppens scored 19 points, Hallie Christofferson scored 11 of her 18 in the second half, and Iowa State (24-8) ended Gonzaga's (27-6) dominance at home in Spokane, Wash.

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 in Spokane, Wash.

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