UConn cruises

Tina Charles scored 22 points and Maya Moore added 21 to help the Connecticut Huskies (34-0) beat the Southern University Jaguars (23-9) 95-39 in the Dayton Regional of the first round of the women’s NCAA tournament at Norfolk, Va., extending their winning streak to 73 games.

Ohio State 93, St. Francis (Pa.) 59: Jantel Lavender dominated inside for the Buckeyes (31-4) with 23 points and 16 rebounds against the smaller Red Flash (17-15) and the Buckeyes opened up a 27-point lead before halftime during a rout at Pittsburgh.

Mississippi State 68, Middle Tennessee State 64: Alexis Rack and Chanel Mokango led a frantic rally as the Bulldogs (20-12), down nine points to the Blue Raiders (25-6) with 4 1/2 minutes remaining, surged back for a victory at Pittsburgh.

Temple 65, James Madison 53: Qwedia Wallace scored 21 points and the Owls (25-8) beat the Dukes (26-7) in Norfolk, Va., setting up a matchup with coach Tonya Cardoza’s mentor.

Wisconsin-Green Bay 69, Virginia 67: Celeste Hoewisch scored 23 points and the 12th-seeded Phoenix (28-4) let most of a 16-point lead slip away before holding on to beat the Cavaliers (21-10) at Ames, Iowa.

Iowa State 79, Lehigh 42: Anna Prins scored 21 points and the Cyclones (24-7) celebrated Alison Lacey’s return to the lineup with a victory over the Mountain Hawks (29-4) at Ames, Iowa.

Sacramento regional

Vanderbilt 83, DePaul 76 (OT): Merideth Marsh scored nine of her 26 points in overtime, rallying the Commodores (23-10) to a victory over the Blue Demons (21-12) at Cincinnati.

Xavier 94, East Tennessee State 82: The Musketeers (28-3) avoided an unprecedented upset on their home court, following the inside domination by Amber Harris and Ta’Shia Phillips en route to a victory over the Buccaneers (23-9) at Cincinnati.

Kansas City regional

Vermont 64, Wisconsin 55: Courtnay Pilypaitis scored 25 points, May Kotsopoulos added 14 and the Catamounts (27-6) survived squandering a 14-point lead in the first half to beat the Badgers (21-22) at Notre Dame, Ind., Vermont’s first NCAA tournament victory in six tries.

Notre Dame 86, Cleveland State 58: Becca Bruszewski scored 14 points, Ashley Barlow added 13 and the Fighting Irish (28-5) overcame a 31-point performance by Kailey Klein, including 21 in the first half, to beat the Vikings (19-14) at Notre Dame, Ind.

Nebraska 83, Northern Iowa 44: Kelsey Griffin had 22 points and nine rebounds to lead the No. 1 seed Cornhuskers (31-1) to a victory over the 16th-seeded Panthers (17-16) at Minneapolis.

Arkansas-Little Rock 63, Georgia Tech 53: Kim Sitzmann scored a season-high 21 points and the 11th-seeded Trojans (27-6) won their NCAA tournament debut, stunning the No. 6 seed Yellow Jackets (23-10) at Norman, Okla.

Oklahoma 68, South Dakota State 57: Nyeshia Stevenson scored 17 points, Abi Olajuwon added 15 and the third-seeded Sooners (24-10) held on through a late dry spell on their home floor to beat the Jackrabbits (22-11) at Norman, Okla.

UCLA 74, North Carolina State 54: Jasmine Dixon powered UCLA with 17 points and 11 rebounds, leading the No. 8 seed Bruins (25-8) to a victory over the No. 9 seed Wolfpack at Minneapolis.

Memphis regional

San Diego State 74, Texas 63: Jene Morris scored 32 points and the No. 11 seed Aztecs (22-10) stunned the sixth-seeded Longhorns (22-11) on the Longhorns’ home court at Austin, Texas.

West Virginia 58, Lamar 43: Liz Repella had 15 points and 11 rebounds and the third-seeded Mountaineers (29-5) bolted to a big early lead and cruised to a win over the No. 14-seed Cardinals (26-8) at Austin, Texas.

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