NCAA TOURNAMENT: DePaul wins shootout in women's tourney
Megan Rogowski scored 24 points and hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 40.5 seconds left to help DePaul beat Oklahoma 104-100 on Saturday in the first round of the NCAA tournament in the Lincoln Regional.
Chanise Jenkins added 21 points and Brittany Hrynko had 19 for the seventh-seeded Blue Demons (28-6). They blew a 19-point lead with under 16 minutes left, then rallied for a wild win.
They will play second-seeded Duke (28-6) on Monday night in the second round of the Lincoln Regional.
Aaryn Ellenberg had 36 points and seven 3s for the 10th-seeded Sooners (18-15), who set a tournament record for most points by a losing team in a regulation game. The 204 combined points also made it the highest-scoring regulation game in the history of the NCAA women’s tournament.
DUKE 87, WINTHROP 45: Tricia Liston scored 20 points and Duke routed Winthrop.
Freshman Oderah Chidom added 17 points for the second-seeded Blue Devils (28-6).
They didn’t miss a beat in their first game in nearly two weeks: They never trailed, shot 54 percent and led by double figures for the final 33 1/2 minutes in winning their 21st straight NCAA tournament opener.
In giving the 15th-seeded Eagles (24-9) their worst loss of the season by far, Duke built a 49-23 rebounding advantage and held them to 27 percent shooting.
Big South player of the year Dequesha McClanahan had 22 points to lead Winthrop.
NEBRASKA 75, FRESNO STATE 55: Jordan Hooper had 23 points and 11 rebounds, and fourth-seeded Nebraska defeated Fresno State.
Emily Cady added 15 points and 11 rebounds for the Cornhuskers (26-6), the Big Ten tournament champions who have won 13 of 14 games.
Taylor Thompson was the only player in double figures with 14 points for the 13th-seeded Bulldogs (22-11).
Tear’a Laudermill added 13 points, and Rachel Theriot had 10 points and 12 assists for the Huskers.
BYU 72, N.C. STATE 57: Lexi Eaton scored 25 points, Jennifer Hamson finished one block shy of a triple-double and 12th-seeded BYU upset No. 5 North Carolina State.
The Cougars (27-6) will face fourth-seeded Nebraska in the second round on Monday at Pauley Pavilion on UCLA’s campus.
Hamson, the West Coast Conference Player of the Year, finished with 12 points and tied her career highs with 19 rebounds and nine blocks.
Kylie Maeda added 14 points and Morgan Bradley had 13 for BYU, which picked up its 11th win in 12 games and its first tournament win since 2006.
Miah Spencer scored 16 points to lead the Wolfpack (25-8).
NOTRE DAME REGIONAL
NOTRE DAME 93, ROBERT MORRIS 42: Michaela Mabrey scored 11 of her 16 points in the first half, and top-seeded Notre Dame breezed to a victory in its NCAA tournament opener against 16th-seeded Robert Morris.
Jewell Loyd and Natalie Achonwa added 15 points each for the unbeaten Fighting Irish, who are trying for their fourth straight Final Four appearance. Notre Dame (33-0) is a No. 1 seed for the third straight season.
The Irish will take on ninth-seeded Arizona State in the second round Monday.
Robert Morris (21-12) shot 27 percent from the field. Greek star Artemis Spanou, one of the top players in Northeast Conference history, was held to seven points and attempted only four shots.
ARIZONA STATE 69, VANDERBILT 61: Katie Hempen scored 16 points, and ninth-seeded Arizona State handed eighth-seeded Vanderbilt a rare first-round loss in the NCAA tournament.
The Sun Devils (23-9) shot 62 percent in a matchup of teams that struggled coming into this tournament. Arizona State had lost three in a row and six of eight. Vanderbilt’s loss Saturday was its fifth straight and 10th in 12 games.
Marqu’es Webb scored 18 points for Vanderbilt (18-13), and senior star Christina Foggie added 16.
Deja Mann, Arizona State’s leading scorer, did not attempt a shot in the first half and finished with only eight points.
KENTUCKY 106, WRIGHT STATE 60: Jennifer O’Neill scored 21 points, Samarie Walker added 12 with 14 rebounds and third-seeded Kentucky crushed No. 14 Wright State.
Hosting their first NCAA women’s postseason game, the Wildcats (25-8) used home court and other advantages to overwhelm an undersized Raiders squad making its tournament debut. Kentucky shot 55 percent from the field, grabbed a school-record 67 rebounds and recorded a season-high 12 blocks.
The Wildcats will face No. 6 Syracuse in Monday night’s second round of the Notre Dame Regional.
Ivory James had 16 points to lead Wright State (26-9).
SYRACUSE 59, CHATTANOOGA 53: Syracuse guard Brittney Sykes had 13 points and 12 rebounds before injuring her right knee midway through the second half as the sixth-seeded Orange beat Chattanooga for their first-ever NCAA tournament win.
Syracuse (23-9) hit 24 of 31 free throws to seal the victory that also snapped Chattanooga’s 25-game winning streak. Shakeya Leary made 7 of 8 from the line to finish with 15 points. Brianna Butler was just 2 of 11 from the floor but hit 9 of 10 free throws for 13 points.
Taylor Hall led the Mocs (29-4) with 19 points and 10 rebounds.
PURDUE 84, AKRON 55: Whitney Bays scored 20 points and Courtney Moses added 12 as Purdue routed Akron.
It proved to be a milestone day for the Boilermakers (22-8). Moses tied the school’s career record for 3s. She made two, giving her 238 — the same total Katie Gearlds had during her All-American career. The win also gave coach Sharon Versyp her 300th career win, and it set up a Monday showdown between the fourth-seeded Boilermakers, who have won 11 of 13, and fifth-seeded Oklahoma State.
Akron (23-10), the Mid-American Conference champion, was led by Rachel Tecca with 18 points.
OKLAHOMA STATE 61, FLORIDA GULF COAST 60, OT: Tiffany Bias’ driving layup with 41 seconds remaining in overtime lifted No. 5 seed Oklahoma State to a victory over No. 12 seed Florida Gulf Coast.
The Cowgirls (24-8) will play No. 4 seed Purdue on Monday night.
The teams traded the lead in OT before Bias’ layup. Florida Gulf Coast (26-8) missed a shot with that would have given the Eagles the lead.
CALIFORNIA 64, FORDHAM 63: Brittany Boyd scored 22 points, including the game-winning jumper with 14 seconds left, and California survived against feisty Fordham.
California (22-9), a Final Four team last season, held on when Erin Rooney’s final shot for the Rams came up short.
Rooney had 17 points, 10 rebounds and five assists for Fordham (25-8), playing in its first NCAA tourney in 20 years.
Boyd also had 10 assists and six rebounds.
BAYLOR 87, WESTERN KENTUCKY 74: Nina Davis had 32 points and 10 rebounds in her NCAA tournament debut and Odyssey Sims scored 31 points for Baylor in a victory over Western Kentucky.
With coach Kim Mulkey watching the game from her house while serving an NCAA suspension, the Lady Bears (30-4) advanced to play California after the big scoring games by Big 12’s top freshman and their most-experienced player.
Western Kentucky finished 24-9.
TENNESSSEE 70, NORTHWESTERN STATE 46: Isabelle Harrison scored 12 points and sparked a game-changing 12-0 run as No. 1 seed Tennessee withstood an ailing head coach and a lethargic first-half performance to beat Northwestern State.
Tennessee coach Holly Warlick missed the Lady Vols’ morning shootaround with what school officials described as a case of food poisoning. Warlick rejoined her team for the game, but she had an IV port in her left hand during the first half and sat on an orange stool while assistant coach Kyra Elzy stood and shouted instructions.
Warlick stood and was much more animated in the second half as Tennessee (28-5) pulled away.
Northwestern State finished 21-13.
ST. JOHN’S 71, SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA 68: Briana Brown sank a 3-pointer with four-tenths of a second left to give No. 8 seed St. John’s a victory over No. 9 seed Southern California.
Southern California guard Brianna Barrett’s desperation shot at the buzzer from at least 35 feet away bounced off the backboard and front rim.
St. John’s (23-10) plays a second-round game Monday against No. 1 seed Tennessee, which beat Northwestern State 70-46 in Saturday’s other matchup at Thompson-Boling Arena.
Southern California (22-13) had a six-game winning streak snapped.
STANFORD 81, SOUTH DAKOTA 62: Chiney Ogwumike scored 23 points to become the Pac-12’s career scoring leader, and Stanford used a couple big runs to pull away from 15th-seeded South Dakota.
The Cardinal (30-3), seeded No. 2 in the regional they’ll host next weekend, advanced to a Monday game against No. 10 Florida State.
Stanford kept all the Coyotes under wraps except Australian guard Nicole Seekamp, who made 9 of 13 shots and finished with 22 points.
The loss by the Summit League’s Coyotes (19-14) dropped No. 15 seeds to 0-82 all-time in first-round games.
FLORIDA STATE 55, IOWA STATE 44: Natasha Howard had her school-record 15th double-double of the season with 10 points and 13 rebounds, and 10th-seeded Florida State defeated cold-shooting Iowa State.
The Seminoles (21-11) won their 11th straight tournament opener since 1991, prevailing in a game in which turnovers outnumbered field goals 44-36.
Cheetah Delgado had 10 points and six assists and Ivey Slaughter grabbed 13 rebounds for the Seminoles.
Hallie Christofferson scored 13 points, Brynn Williamson added 12 on four 3-pointers, and Jadda Buckey had 10 for Iowa State (20-11).
Howard came in averaging 29.2 points in her previous nine games but didn’t crack double figures until less than four minutes were left.