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WOMEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: South Carolina, Hammond's White race past South Dakota St.

2013-03-23T20:45:00Z 2013-03-24T02:06:04Z WOMEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: South Carolina, Hammond's White race past South Dakota St.The Associated Press The Associated Press
March 23, 2013 8:45 pm  • 

The 13th-seeded South Dakota State Jackrabbits were matching No. 4 seed South Carolina basket for basket, big play for big play Saturday at Boulder, Colo., in the Norfolk Regional.

Then, the Gamecocks hit seven straight baskets midway through the first half, sparking a 74-52 rout of the Jackrabbits in the opening round of the NCAA women's tournament.

"The momentum was great. We gave them no slack and kept the pressure on," said Ashley Bruner, who led South Carolina with 15 points and 11 rebounds. "We were eye-to-eye with them at that point. Then the momentum went in our direction."

After that, 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 Jackrabbits (25-8), the Summit League regular season and tournament champs.

Guard Ieasia Walker, the SEC defensive player of the year, finished with 15 points. Hammond graduate Sancheon White posted six rebounds, four assists, two steals and two points for South Carolina.

South Carolina will face Kansas (19-13) on Monday.

No. 12 Kansas 67, No. 5 Colorado 52:  Angel Goodrich and Carolyn Davis each scored 14 points, and Kansas (19-13) upset Colorado on the Buffaloes' home floor.

The Buffaloes (25-7) saw their first trip to the NCAA tournament in nine years come to an unexpected end.

No. 6 Nebraska 73, No. 11 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 (29-4) at College Station, Texas.

The Cornhuskers (24-8) will play third-seeded Texas A&M (25-9) on Monday night.

Hooper also grabbed 12 rebounds and Lindsey Moore added 13 points for Nebraska, which won for the 12th time in 14 games.

No. 3 Texas A&M 71, Wichita State 45: Kristi Bellock tied a career high with 18 points and Texas A&M routed Wichita State at College Station, Texas.

Texas A&M (25-9), which won the national championship in 2011, is in the tournament for the eighth consecutive season. It was the first trip for Wichita State (24-10).


Bridgeport Regional

No. 1 Connecticut 105, No. 16 Idaho 37: Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis led six Connecticut players in double figures as the Huskies routed Idaho (17-16) at Storrs, Conn.

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.

No. 8 Vanderbilt 60, No. 9 Saint Joseph's 54: Tiffany Clarke had 16 points and 12 rebounds to lead Vanderbilt (23-8) over Saint Joseph's at 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.

No. 4 Maryland 72, No. 13 Quinnipiac 52: Alyssa Thomas had 29 points and 13 rebounds, and Maryland spoiled Quinnipiac's debut in the NCAA women's tournament at College Park, Md.

The Terrapins (25-7) 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.

Tianna Hawkins had 23 points and 16 rebounds for Maryland, which will next face Michigan State.

Felicia Barron scored 13 for Quinnipiac (30-3), the Northeast Conference champions. The Bobcats had won 22 straight since a 74-57 defeat against Georgia Tech on Dec. 29.

No. 5 Michigan State 55, No. 12 Marist 47: Kiana Johnson scored 16 points; Annalise Pickrel added 14 and Michigan State halted Marist's string of first-round NCAA upsets at College Park, Md.

Jasmine Thomas added 10 points for the Spartans (25-8).

Casey Dulin scored 13 points for the Red Foxes (26-7). Marist has made a name for itself by pulling first-round upsets as double-digit seeds, advancing to the second round as a No. 13 seed a year ago and as a No. 10 in 2011.


Oklahoma City Regional

No. 2 Tennessee 83, No. 15 Oral Roberts 62: 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 at Knoxville, Tenn.

Tennessee advanced to a second-round game against No. 10 seed Creighton (25-7).

The Lady Vols (25-7) got points from all 11 players and improved to 51-0 in NCAA tournament games on their home floor.

Tennessee is 49-1 in first-round and second-round games. The Lady Vols have played in every NCAA tournament since the event started in 1982 and have lost in the first two rounds just once, falling to Ball State in a 2009 opening-round game.

All of those wins came under Summitt, who stepped down last April after leading Tennessee to eight national titles and 18 Final Fours in 38 seasons.

No. 10 Creighton 61, No. 7 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 at Knoxville, Tenn.

Kayla Alexander, the leading scorer in Syracuse history, had 23 points and eight rebounds for the Orange (24-8).

Fujan shot 6 of 10 from 3-point range for Creighton (25-7) and had 17 points by halftime. Nelson added 17 points.

No. 3 UCLA 66, No. 14 Stetson 49: Nirra Fields led UCLA's balanced offense with 13 points and the Bruins rolled to a win over Stetson (24-9)  at Columbus, Ohio.

Jasmine Dixon added 10 points and 10 rebounds and Atonye Nyingifa had 10 points and eight rebounds for the spread-the-wealth Bruins (26-7).

No. 6 Oklahoma 78, No. 11 Central Michigan 73: Joanna McFarland had 18 points and a career-high 17 reboundsm and Aaryn Ellenberg scored 18 of her 22 points in the second half to lead Oklahoma to a victory over Central Michigan at Columbus, Ohio.

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. Crystal Bradford had a sensational game for CMU with a career-high 36 points (on 14 of 31 shooting from the field) with 14 rebounds and seven steals.


Spokane Regional

No. 2 California 90, No. 15 Fresno State 76: Brittany Boyd scored 21 points and added a career-high 13 rebounds to lead California over Fresno State (24-9) at Lubbock, Texas.

Layshia Clarendon added 19 points and Gennifer Brandon had 17 points and 12 rebounds for California (29-3).

No. 10 South Florida 71, No. 7 Texas Tech 70: Inga Orekhova scored 20 points, including five 3s, to lead South Florida (22-10) past Texas Tech at Lubbock, Texas.

Andrell Smith added 13 points in the win over the seventh-seeded Lady Raiders.

ESPN's TV feed cut out for the final few minutes with the game tied, leaving the audience unable to see the conclusion.

Announcer Cara Capuano called the final 30 seconds over the phone. The feed finally came back after the final buzzer sounded, showing South Florida's cheerleaders celebrating the victory.

Hyde scored 20 points and Chynna Brown added 17 to lead Texas Tech (21-11).

The Bulls will play No. 2 seed California in the second round Monday night.

No. 5 Iowa State 72, No. 12 Gonzaga 60: 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 NCAA women's tournament at Spokane, Wash.

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. Iowa State (24-8) finally solved beating Gonzaga at home thanks to dynamic shooting from behind the 3-point line and an awful shooting performance by the Bulldogs.

Brynn Williamson hit five 3-pointers and scored 17 points for the Cyclones.

Taelor Karr led Gonzaga (27-6) with 15 points, but the Bulldogs shot just 32 percent.

No. 4 Georgia 70, No. 13 Montana 50: Jasmine Hassell scored 16 points, Shacobia Barbee added 13, and Georgia used a big run midway through the second half to pull away from Montana for a win at Spokane, Wash.

Jasmine James added 11 points for the Lady Bulldogs (26-6), who will face Iowa State in their next game Monday night.

Georgia led 38-36 with 15 minutes remaining before going on a 21-6 run to grab control and earn a bit of redemption after being upset by Marist in the first round a year ago.

Torry Hill led Montana (24-8) with 11 points. But on a night the Lady Griz needed to hit all their open looks, they shot just 29 percent and committed 20 turnovers.

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