Sunday's Women's NCAA Tournament Capsules
Monday, March 21, 2011
STORRS, Conn. (AP) — Stefanie Dolson scored all 12 of her points in the first half to lead a balanced Connecticut offense, and the top-seeded Huskies routed Hartford 75-39 on Sunday in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
Maya Moore, Bria Hartley and Tiffany Hayes added 12 points each for the Huskies (33-1), who started their journey toward a third consecutive national championship.
The victory was UConn’s 21st straight 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 NCAA tournament.
Purdue 53, Kansas St. 45
STORRS, Conn. — Brittany Rayburn scored 21 points for ninth-seeded Purdue.
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. Taelor Karr added 16 points for the Wildcats.
Georgia 56, Middle Tennessee State 41
AUBURN, Ala. — Jasmine James scored eight of her 18 points over the final 5:40 and Georgia ended Middle Tennessee State’s tragedy scarred season.
The Blue Raiders (23-8) couldn’t capitalize on a rare at-large berth, and wore the pain of a rough final month on their jerseys. The players had patches bearing the No. 20 of slain teammate Tina Stewart, who was stabbed to death March 2.
Baylor 66, Prairie View 30
WACO, Texas — Brittney Griner and Brooklyn Pope each had 17 points as top-seeded Baylor opened the NCAA tournament with a victory over Prairie View, whose miserable shooting translated into the lowest-scoring half ever in the tournament.
The Lady Bears (32-2) raced out to a 16-0 lead at home while Prairie View (21-12) missed its first 12 shots before finally getting a layup from Waco native Robin Jones more than 9 minutes into the game.
Baylor, which went to the Final Four last season when the 6-foot-8 Griner was a freshman, led 34-8 at halftime. That was the fewest points in a half ever by a women’s team in an NCAA tournament game.
Okla. 86, James Madison 72
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Whitney Hand scored 24 points and Oklahoma squandered much of a 19-point second-half lead before holding on to beat James Madison.
Danielle Robinson added 19 points for the Sooners (22-11), who are trying to make their third consecutive run to the Final Four. Oklahoma will play Miami in the second round.
Dawn Evans, the nation’s No. 3 scorer with a 23.2 average, led the Dukes with 20 points, but hit just 7 of 27 shots. James Madison (26-8) fell short in its bid for its first NCAA tournament victory since the 1991 team beat top-ranked Penn State in the second round in State College, Pa.
Texas A&M 87, McNeese State 47
BOSSIER CITY, La. — Danielle Adams scored 18 points, and Kelsey Assarian and Tyra White each added 12 points for second-seeded Texas A&M (28-5).
The Aggies raced to a 22-3 lead and led by 39 when Adams scored inside while being fouled five minutes into the second half. The victory marked the fifth straight year the Aggies have gotten through the first round.
Caitlyn Baggett scored 22 for McNeese State (26-7), which had a size disadvantage and struggled to stop the Aggies in the paint or in transition. Texas A&M scored 54 points inside, including 18 fast-break points.