NCAA Women's Tournament: Michigan State defeats Bowling Green, 72-62

LSU beats Hartford, 60-39

and Duke dominates Hampton in 72-37 win

March 21, 2010|By From Sun news services

Michigan State forward Aisha Jefferson overcame a shaky stomach to score 17 points and lead fifth seed Michigan State to a 72-62 victory over 12th seed Bowling Green in the first round of the NCAA women's tournament Saturday in Louisville, Ky.

"That just speaks to the kind of player that she is," coach Suzy Merchant said.

Jefferson led four Spartans in double figures as Michigan State (23-9) improved to 8-1 all time in the first round of the NCAAs.

Jasmine Thomas and Brittney Thomas added 11 points each for the Spartans, who will face fourth seed Kentucky in the second round of the Kansas City Regional on Monday night.

LSU 60, HARTFORD 39: Only minutes into the game, the Tigers were on their way to another NCAA women's tournament opening-round victory.

LaSondra Barrett scored 20 points and seventh seed LSU used a quick 17-0 run to beat the 10th-seeded Hawks in the first round of the Memphis Regional in Durham, N.C.

Already without injured senior forward Erica Beverly, things got so bad for Hartford that coach Jennifer Rizzotti was ejected after picking up her second technical foul with 7:27 left and her team down 52-29.

TENNESSEE 75, AUSTIN PEAY 42: When Tennessee lost in the first round of the NCAA tournament last year, coach Pat Summitt sent the team to the practice court immediately.

That extra work helped the Lady Vols secure a No. 1 seed this season and return to their winning ways with an easy victory over No. 16 seed Austin Peay in the opening round of the NCAA women's tournament.

OKLAHOMA STATE 70, CHATTANOOGA 63: Toni Young scored 16 of her career-high 22 points in the second half and the fourth-seeded Cowgirls rallied from an 18-point halftime deficit to beat Chattanooga. The Cowgirls were missing the nation's No. 3 scorer, Andrea Riley, who was suspended by the NCAA for the game because she hit an opponent in the back of the head in the first round two years ago.

ST. JOHN'S 65, PRINCETON 47: St. John's came into the NCAA women's tournament still angry over its loss in the Big East tournament.

The Red Storm took that frustration out on Princeton.

Da'Shena Stevens scored 19 points, Shenneika Smith added 13 points and 12 rebounds, and the sixth-seeded Red Storm ran away from the 11th-seeded Tigers in the first round of the Dayton Regional.

DUKE 72, HAMPTON 37: Duke is still looking for its first NCAA tournament test on its home court. Keturah Jackson scored a career-high 13 points to lead the Blue Devils past the 15th-seeded Pirates in the first round of the Memphis Regional. Jasmine Thomas and Karima Christmas added 13 points apiece for the No. 2-seeded Blue Devils (28-5).

FLORIDA STATE 75, LA. TECH 61: Jacinta Monroe and Courtney Ward each scored 16 points, and the third-seeded Seminoles clamped down defensively in the second half to escape the 4th-seeded Lady Techsters in the NCAA women's tournament.

DAYTON 67, TEXAS CHRISTIAN 66: Brittany Wilson scored just before the buzzer, and eighth seed Dayton rallied from an 18-point deficit to beat No. 9 seed TCU in the opening round of the NCAA women's tournament. Dayton trailed by 18 with 13:07 left and took advantage of TCU going cold down the stretch to pull off the rally.

KENTUCKY 83, LIBERTY 77: A'dia Mathies wouldn't let Kentucky's return to the NCAA tournament be just a cameo. Mathies, the Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Year, scored a career-high 32 points as the fourth-seeded Wildcats beat 13th-seeded Liberty. SEC Player of the Year Victoria Dunlap scored 15 points and added eight rebounds.

GEORGETOWN 62, MARIST 42: Monica McNutt made sure Georgetown's long wait to get back to the NCAA tournament was worthwhile. McNutt (14 points) hit consecutive 3-pointers to start the second half and fifth-seeded Georgetown rolled over No. 12 seed Marist to win the opener in its first NCAA tournament trip in 17 years.

TEXAS A&M 84, PORTLAND STATE 53: Danielle Adams dominated the middle with 23 points, Tanisha Smith finished an assist short of a triple double with 17 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists, and the second-seeded Aggies shook off pesky Portland State in the first round of the Sacramento Regional.

IOWA 70, RUTGERS 63: Kamille Wahlin shook off a slow start and scored nine straight points in a 2 1/2 -minute span and the eighth-seeded Hawkeyes denied Rutgers coach C. Vivian Stringer a victory over her old school. Kachine Alexander had 18 points, eight rebounds and four assists and Jaime Printy added 15 points in Iowa's first NCAA tournament victory since 2002.

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