San Diego State over Texas tops list of 4 big women's upsets

March 22, 2010|By Tribune Newspapers

Teams with the better seeds swept all 16 games in the first round of the women's NCAA tournament Saturday, but it was a different story Sunday.

Four teams with double-figure seeds won, including No. 11 seed San Diego State, which beat sixth-seeded Texas 74-63 on the Longhorns' home court in the Memphis Region in Austin, Texas.

Jene Morris scored 32 points as San Diego State (22-10) pulled off a first-round upset for the second straight year. The Aztecs were a No. 10 seed when they beat DePaul last year.

"I've been telling my team the past eight days that the pressure is on (Texas)," San Diego State coach Beth Burns said. "When you're playing at home, there's a whole other dynamic of surviving and advancing."

Morris made four three-pointers, helping the Aztecs build a 19-point lead in the first half, then made the big shots and plays again in the second half to put down Texas rallies.

Freshman center Cokie Reed scored 16 for Texas (22-11), which was 1 of 13 from 3-point range.

Other upsets
Wisconsin-Green Bay 69, Virginia 67: Celeste Hoewisch scored 23 and the 12th-seeded Phoenix (28-4) hit 34 of 40 free throws to hold off the Cavaliers (21-10) in the Dayton Region in Ames, Iowa. Monica Wright had 34 points and nine rebounds for Virginia.

Arkansas-Little Rock 63, Georgia Tech 53: Kim Sitzmann scored 21 and the 11th-seeded Trojans (27-6) surprised the Yellow Jackets (23-10) in the Kansas City Region in Norman, Okla.

Vermont 64, Wisconsin 55: Courtnay Pilypaitis scored 25 and the 10th-seeded Catamounts (27-6) blew a 14-point lead before beating the Badgers (21-11) in the Kansas City Region in South Bend, Ind., advancing to play Notre Dame.

UConn rolls
Connecticut opened defense of its championship with a 95-39 victory over Southern in the Dayton Region in Norfolk, Va.

Tina Charles hit 9 of 10 shots to score 22 points and had 11 rebounds, and Maya Moore added 21 points, eight rebounds, eight assists and three steals for the top-seeded Huskies (34-0), who will play No. 8 seed Temple - coached by former UConn assistant Tonya Cardoza - in the second round Tuesday.

UConn has won 73 games in a row, all by double figures.

"It might be the second or third time this season I said to Maya, 'You were really good today,' " UConn coach Geno Auriemma said.

Hannah Kador led the Jaguars (23-9) with 10 points on 3-for-22 shooting.

Cardoza's Owls (25-8) defeated James Madison 65-53 as Qwedia Wallace scored 21 points.

"We're not looking for a moral victory right now," Cardoza said of playing UConn. "We'll try to come up with a defensive scheme to slow them down as much as possible."

In other action
Kelsey Griffin had 22 points and nine rebounds as Nebraska (31-1), the top seed in the Kansas City Region, defeated Northern Iowa 83-44 in Minneapolis. … Xavier (28-3), the No. 3 seed in the Sacramento Region, avoided an upset on its home court in Cincinnati by holding off 14th seed East Tennessee State 94-82.

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