NCAA Women’s Tournament Roundup: Top-seeded Louisville rolls past Boise State, 74-42

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kylee Shook had 14 points and 10 rebounds off the bench to lead Louisville to a 74-42 blowout of Boise State on Friday in the first round of the women’s NCAA Tournament.

Beginning NCAA play as a top seed for the first time in school history, the Cardinals (33-2) used quick spurts early in both halves, along with defense, to cruise to victory.

Sam Fuehring had 14 points and 11 rebounds, Jones and Bionca Dunham each scored 10 and Myisha Hines-Allen had 14 rebounds for the Cardinals, who shot 30 of 62 (48 percent).

Shalen Shaw led the Broncos with 12 points.

No. 2 Baylor 96, Grambling State 46

WACO, Texas — Lauren Cox had a career-high 30 points and 17 rebounds to lead four players in double figures, and Baylor beat Grambling State.

The Lady Bears (32-1) scored 17 of the game’s first 18 points and were never challenged in picking up their 29th straight win.

Cox tied the Lady Tigers’ offensive output of 19 points in the first half by herself and tied for a team-high five assists.

Kalani Brown chipped in 22 points and 15 rebounds, and Dekeiya Cohen just missed a double-double with 17 points and nine rebounds.

Jazmin Boyd scored 20 points to lead Grambling State, the SWAC Tournament champion.

No. 8 Marquette 84, No. 9 Dayton 65

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Natisha Hiedeman scored a career-high 32 points, including 18 in the first quarter, and Marquette rallied past Dayton.

Hiedeman’s five 3-pointers in the first quarter were critical in rallying the Golden Eagles (24-9) from an 11-3 deficit to a 22-15 lead that they maintained on the way to their first NCAA win since 2011.

Erika Davenport had 16 points and 13 rebounds for Marquette, which won for the ninth time in 10 games. The Golden Eagles will face top-seeded Louisville in Sunday’s second round.

Jenna Burdette’s 18 points led Dayton, which finished the season with three losses in four games.

No. 3 Tennessee 100, No. 14 Liberty 60

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Freshman Rennia Davis scored 18 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in her NCAA debut as Tennessee pulled away in the second half to beat Liberty.

Tennessee (25-7) plays No. 6 Oregon State in the second round of the Lexington Regional on Sunday with a spot in the Sweet 16 on the line. Oregon State beat No. 11 Western Kentucky 82-58 in the opening game.

The Lady Vols used an offensive outburst in the third quarter to win their NCAA opener for the ninth straight season and remain undefeated at home in NCAA play at 57-0.

The last time Liberty (24-10) allowed a team to score 100 points was in 1998, when the Lady Flames lost to Tennessee in an NCAA Tournament game in Knoxville.

No. 6 Oregon State 82, No. 11 Western Kentucky 58

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Marie Gulich scored 21 of her 29 points in the second half and grabbed 15 rebounds as Oregon State beat Western Kentucky.

The 6-foot-5 Gulich finished 11 of 15 from the field, with a steady stream of layups and short jumpers highlighting her second-half surge.

The national leaders in 3-point field goal percentage, OSU used its precision from distance to build an early advantage.

Tashia Brown finished with 17 points on 7 of 21 shooting to lead WKU while Ivy Brown scored 14.

No. 7 Michigan 75, No. 10 Northern Colorado 61

WACO, Texas — Hallie Thome scored 24 points, Katelynn Flaherty added 20 and Michigan defeated Northern Colorado.

The Wolverines shot 57 percent from the floor and took advantage of their size at nearly every position to dominate on the boards, 33-18. They were also more aggressive going to the basket, and that manifested itself in a 23-15 edge from the free throw line. Northern Colorado had 10 of its free throw attempts in the fourth quarter.

Savannah Scott led Northern Colorado (26-7) with 25 points.


No. 5 Maryland 77, No. 12 Princeton 57

RALEIGH, N.C. — Kaila Charles scored 20 points and Maryland beat Princeton.

Eleanna Christinaki added 16 points, Kristen Confroy finished with 14 and Brianna Fraser had 11 rebounds for the fifth-seeded Terrapins (26-7).

They shot 56 percent in the second half, built a 43-25 rebounding advantage and pulled away in the second half to advance to the second round of the Kansas City Regional. Maryland hasn’t gone one-and-done in the tournament since 2001.

Abby Meyers scored 13 points and Bella Alarie had 12 for the 12th-seeded Tigers (24-6).

No. 4 N.C. State 62, No. 13 Elon 35

RALEIGH, N.C. — Kiara Leslie scored 13 points and North Carolina State beat Elon.

Aislinn Konig added 12 points to help the fourth-seeded Wolfpack (25-8) advance to a second-round matchup with Maryland in the renewal of a past Atlantic Coast Conference rivalry. Leslie played two seasons at Maryland before coming to N.C. State last summer as a graduate transfer.

Shay Burnett had 12 points for the 13th-seeded Phoenix (25-8), who had their 13-game winning streak snapped. N.C. State held Elon — which shoots 45 percent from the field — to a season-worst 24 percent shooting while winning a rematch of their 70-57 victory on Dec. 16.


No. 1 Notre Dame 99, No. 16 Cal State Northridge 81

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Arike Ogunbowale scored 30 points and Notre Dame beat Cal State Northridge.

The Irish did suffer another injury as senior captain Kathryn Westbeld went down early in the game with a rolled left ankle and did not return.

There was no immediate word whether Westbeld would be ready for Sunday’s game. Notre Dame played most of the season without four players who suffered season-ending ACL injuries.

Jessica Shepard scored 24 points, Marina Mabrey had 23 and Jackie Young 13 for the Irish (30-3).

The Matadors (19-16), who won four straight to win the Big West Tournament coming in, got 25 points from Channon Fluker, 24 from Brooks and 23 from Tessa Boagni.

No. 2 Oregon 88, No. 15 Seattle 45

EUGENE, Ore. — Sabrina Ionescu had 19 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds for her 10th career triple-double, and Oregon defeated Seattle.

Ionescu, who holds the NCAA record for triple-doubles, becomes the 15th woman to get one in the NCAA Tournament.

The last was Iowa’s Samantha Logic in 2015.

The Ducks, winners of 10 straight, advance to play No. 10 seed Minnesota in the Spokane Region. The Golden Gophers defeated No. 7 Green Bay 89-77 in the early game.

Alexis Montgomery had 14 points for Seattle, which was making its first-ever tournament appearance.

No. 4 Texas A&M 89, No. 13 Drake 76

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Freshman Chennedy Carter scored 26 points, powering Texas A&M to a victory over Drake.

Khaalia Hillsman added 22 to help send the Aggies to the second round against DePaul. Carter also had 11 assists and six steals.

Sara Rhine scored 21 and Becca Hittner had 19 for Drake (26-8).

No. 5 DePaul 90, No. 12 Oklahoma 79

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Amarah Coleman and Kelly Campbell each scored 17 points and DePaul held off a second-half comeback by Oklahoma.

Ashton Millender and Mart’e Grays both added 16 for the Blue Demons (27-7), which used 3-pointers to jump to an early lead that it never lost.

Gabbi Ortiz scored 18. Center Vionise Pierre-Louis led Oklahoma (16-15) with 21.

No. 9 Villanova 81, No. 8 South Dakota St. 74

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Adrianna Hahn scored 24 points, including a key 3-pointer in overtime to help Villanova beat South Dakota State.

This was the first NCAA Tournament win for the Wildcats since 2004 when they beat Mississippi State 66-63 in the opening round. Villanova had to work for the victory.

Jannah Tucker finished with 20 for Villanova. Mary Gedaka had 15 and Alex Louin added 10.

Macy Miller paced the Jackrabbits (26-7) with 25 points. Madison Guebert had 21 points and Ellie Thompson had 16 to round out double-digit scorers for South Dakota State.

No. 10 Minnesota 89, No. 7 Green Bay 77

EUGENE, Ore. — Kenisha Bell scored 24 of her 26 points in the second half to lead Minnesota to an upset victory over Green Bay.

Destiny Pitts, the Big Ten freshman of the year, added 20 points for the Golden Gophers (24-8).

Allie LeClaire and Jessica Lindstrom, the Phoenix’s only seniors, had 17 and 11 points, respectively. It was the fourth year in a row that Green Bay was ousted in the first round.


No. 2 South Carolina 63, No. 15 North Carolina A&T 52

COLUMBIA, S.C. — A’ja Wilson had 19 points and 16 rebounds to lead South Carolina to a victory over North Carolina A&T after the Aggies threw a serious scare into the defending national champions.

No. 10 Virginia 68, No. 7 California 62

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Dominique Toussaint hit a tie-breaking 3-pointer with 1:08 to go and Virginia held off Cal for its first NCAA win in nine years.

Felicia Aiyeotan led the Cavaliers (19-13) with 16 points, just her second game in double figures since Jan. 7.

Kianna Smith led Cal (21-11) with 20 points.

By Paul Wager

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