Ball State upsets Tennessee

Lady Vols suffer first opening-round loss in program history, 71-55

Utah routs Villanova, will face Maryland next

March 23, 2009|By From Sun news services

Tennessee's title defense ended sooner than expected, wrapping up the worst season for Pat Summitt's vaunted program.

Ball State stunned the two-time defending national champion, 71-55, in the opening round of the NCAA tournament last night in Bowling Green, Ky., ending one of the more remarkable streaks in college basketball history.

The Lady Volunteers (22-11) had never lost on the opening weekend of the tournament, going 42-0 through the years.

Fifth seed Tennessee also became the first defending champ to lose in the first round of the women's tournament. Old Dominion won the title in 1985 and failed to make the tournament the following year.

The 12th-seeded Cardinals (26-8), making their NCAA debut, will play Iowa State in the second round tomorrow.

Duke 83, Austin Peay 42: : Joanne P. McCallie was booed when she was introduced before her top-seeded Blue Devils played the Lady Govs. Fans of Michigan State, the school McCallie left behind, didn't have much to jeer the rest of the afternoon, as Duke (27-5) dominated 16th seed Austin Peay (17-16) in East Lansing, Mich.

Michigan State 60, Middle Tennessee 59: : Alysha Clark, the nation's leading scorer, had 34 points, but none in the last 11-plus minutes, and fouled out with 1 1/2 minutes left. That gave the ninth-seeded Spartans (21-10) the boost they needed to beat the No. 8 Blue Raiders (28-6) in East Lansing.

Iowa State 85, East Tennessee State 53: : Alison Lacey made six of the fourth-seeded Cyclones' 16 three-pointers, and Iowa State (25-8) defeated the No. 13 Buccaneers (20-11) in Bowling Green. The Cyclones tied a tournament record reached earlier in the day by South Dakota State and set by Harvard in 1996.

Raleigh Regional

Utah 60, Villanova 30: : Kalee Whipple and Utah (23-9) extended their stay in College Park with dominating defense. Whipple had 15 points and eight rebounds, all the while playing tough defense on Villanova's Laura Kurz, and the ninth-seeded Utes overwhelmed the poor-shooting Wildcats (19-14), seeded eighth. The Utes will play Maryland tomorrow.

Louisville 62, Liberty 42: : Angel McCoughtry (St. Frances) and Candyce Bingham each scored 12 points in a short night's work as the third-seeded Cardinals (30-4), who led by 31 midway in the second half, rested their starters against the 14th-seeded Lady Flames (24-9) in Baton Rouge, La.

LSU 69, Wisconsin-Green Bay 59: : Allison Hightower scored a career-best 26 and the sixth-seeded Lady Tigers (19-10) beat the No. 11 Phoenix (29-4) for their 12th straight NCAA tournament victory on their home court in Baton Rouge.

South Dakota State 90, Texas Christian 55: : The seventh-seeded Jackrabbits (32-2), in their first year of eligibility for the tournament, hit 16 three-pointers, tying the tournament record Harvard set in 1996, and won their 18th straight game, in Lubbock, Texas. Helena Sverrisdottir scored 12 points to lead the No. 10 Horned Frogs (20-11).

Baylor 87, Texas-San Antonio 82, OT: : Jhasmin Player, Jessica Morrow and Melissa Jones led the second-seeded Bears (28-5) over the No. 15 Roadrunners (24-9) in Lubbock without coach Kim Mulkey. Mulkey was hospitalized earlier in the day after suffering a reaction to medication she was taking after removal of a kidney stone Friday in Waco. Leon Barmore coached the Bears.

Trenton regional

Connecticut 104, Vermont 65: : Tina Charles scored 32 points and Renee Montgomery added 19 - all in the first half - to help the top-seeded Huskies (34-0) rout the 16-seeded Catamounts (21-12) in Storrs, Conn.

Florida 70, Temple 57: : Sha Brooks scored 18 points and the eighth-seeded Gators (24-7) beat the No. 9 Owls (21-10) in Storrs.

Minnesota 79, Notre Dame 71: : The 10th-seeded Gophers (20-11) started the game by making 11 of 13 shots and opened a 14-point first-half lead, then used timely three-point shooting to hold off the No. 7 Irish (22-9) in South Bend, Ind.

Texas A&M 80, Evansville 45: : The second-seeded Aggies (26-7) forced a season-high 30 turnovers, leading to 43 points, and Danielle Gant scored 21 to lead them to a win in South Bend. The No. 15 Purple Aces (15-19), the only team in the tournament with a losing record, had won their past four.

Okla. City Regional

Oklahoma 76, Prairie View 47: : Danielle Robinson scored 15 points, Ashley Paris added 14 and the top-seeded Sooners (29-4) overcame a sluggish start to beat the 16th-seeded Lady Panthers (23-11) in Iowa City.

Georgia Tech 76, Iowa 62: : Jacqua Williams scored 23 for the ninth-seeded Yellow Jackets (22-9) in Iowa City. The host Hawkeyes (21-11), seeded eighth, lost in the first round for the fourth straight time.

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