Azura Stevens’ 26 points led six UConn players in double figures and the Huskies opened their NCAA Tournament with a record-setting 140-52 rout of Saint Francis (Pa.) in Storrs, Connecticut.
The tournament’s top seed, playing in the Albany Region, set a record for points in a tournament game and all-time NCAA records for points in a period (55 in the first) and a half (94 in the first).
UConn’s 88-point margin of victory was the second-biggest in tournament history. Baylor beat Texas Southern by 89 in the 2017 tournament.
The previous record for points in a tournament game was 121. The previous mark for points in a half was 80 and for a quarter was 45.
(9) Quinnipiac 86, (8) Miami 72: Jen Fay led a balanced offense with 19 points and the Bobcats (28-5) beat the Hurricanes (21-11) in the other game in Storrs.
Quinnipiac, which extended its winning streak to 23 games, also eliminated Miami from last year’s tournament.
(3) Florida State 91, (14) Little Rock 49: Shakayla Thomas scored 26 points and the Seminoles (26-6) defeated the Trojans (23-10) in an Albany Region game in Tallahassee, Florida.
It is a tournament high for Thomas, eclipsing the 23 she scored against Western Illinois in the first round last year.
The Seminoles (26-6), who were 35 of 60 from the field, put the game out of reach by going on a 23-0 run during an 8-minute span in the second and third quarters.
Chatrice White and Nikki Ekhomu each scored 13 points and AJ Alix added 12 for Florida State. White also had 10 rebounds for her sixth double-double of the season.
Tori Lasker led the Trojans (23-10) with 13 points and Keanna Keys added 11.
(11) Buffalo 102, (6) South Florida 79: Cierra Dillard scored a career-high 36 points and Buffalo (28-5) picked up its first women’s NCAA Tournament victory, defeating South Florida (26-8) in the other game in Tallahassee.
It is the first time in an NCAA Tournament game that a Mid-American Conference team has gone over 100 points. It is also the first time since 1995 that Buffalo has scored more than 100 points.
(4) Georgia 68, (13) Mercer 63: Caliya Robinson had 23 points and 16 rebounds, Mackenzie Engram added 21 points and 10 rebounds, and the Lady Bulldogs (26-6) defeated the Bears (30-3) in an Albany Region game in Athens, Georgia.
Que Morrison finished with 10 points and nine rebounds for the fourth-seeded Lady Bulldogs, who advanced to face Duke on Monday night.
Kahlia Lawrence scored 23 points and KeKe Calloway had 15 for No. 13 seed Mercer. The Bears had won a school-record 27 straight, the nation’s third-longest active streak.
(5) Duke 72, (12) Belmont 58: Leaonna Odom scored a career-high 25 points, including nine in Duke’s dominant third period, and the Blue Devils (23-8) beat the Bruins (31-4) in the other game in t Athens.
Kylie Smith scored 20 points to lead Belmont, which saw the end of its 22-game winning streak.
(3) Ohio State 87, (14) George Washington 45: Stephanie Mavunga scored 22 points and grabbed 13 rebounds as the Buckeyes routed the Colonials in Columbus, Ohio.
Alexa Hart had 12 points and Kelsey Mitchell added 11 points and seven rebounds as the Buckeyes (28-6) never trailed, took off in the second half and overwhelmed the Colonials (19-10), who had earned a tournament bid by winning the Atlantic 10 Tournament.
Ohio State moves on to Monday to play Central Michigan, which outlasted LSU in the first game on Saturday.
Briana Cummings led GW with 14 points, and Neila Luma had 12 before fouling out late in the game.
(11) Central Michigan 78, (6) LSU 69: Tinara Moore scored 25 points to help the Chippewas to their first women’s NCAA Tournament win, defeating the Tigers in the other game in Columbus.
Moore and Central Michigan dominated inside, outrebounding the Southeastern Conference team 40-27 and creating more second chances. Reyna Frost 12 points and 12 boards for the Chippewas before fouling out late in the game.
Central Michigan led by as many as 11 in the second half. A 6-0 LSU run reduced the lead to five, but the Tigers couldn’t get any closer, despite limiting their opponents to only foul shots in the last 2:43.
Micaela Kelly had 17 points for Central Michigan, and Presley Hudson added 12.
Chloe Jackson had 24 points, and Ayana Mitchell had 16 points and nine rebounds for LSU.
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(3) UCLA 71, (14) American University 60: Monique Billings scored 20 points and had 10 rebounds, Kennedy Burke added 15 points to lead the Bruins (25-7) to a win over the Eagles (26-7) in Los Angeles.
(11) Creighton 76, (6) Iowa 70: Jaylyn Agnew scored 24 points and Sydney Lamberty added 20 to lead the Bluejays (19-12) over the Hawkeyes (24-8) in Los Angeles.
Creighton advances to the second round and will play UCLA on Monday.
(2) Texas 83, (15) Maine 54: Jatarie White scored 17 points and the Longhorns (27-6) used an overwhelming first half to romp to a win over the Black Bears (23-10) in Austin, Texas.
Hosting the first two rounds for the third consecutive year, Texas smothered the America East Conference tournament champions from the opening tip.
(7) Arizona State 73, (10) Nebraska 62: Robbi Ryan scored 16 points and Kianna Ibis added 14 to lead the Sun Devils (22-12) past the Cornhuskers (21-11) in Austin.
Arizona State will play Texas in the second round on Monday.
(1) Mississippi State 95, (16) Nicholls 50: Victoria Vivians scored 20 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to lead the Bulldogs (33-1) past the Colonels (19-14) in Starkville, Mississippi.
Mississippi State started the game slowly, but scored 33 points in the second quarter to take a 54-24 lead into halftime and eventually cruise to the win.
Mississippi State will play Oklahoma State in the second round on Monday.
(9) Oklahoma State 84, (8) Syracuse 57: Freshman Jaden Hobbs scored a career-high 27 points, Loryn Goodwin and Kaylee Jensen added 19 and the Cowgirls (21-10) defeated the Orange (22-9) in Starkville.
The 5-foot-8 Hobbs made 8 of 9 3-point attempts, blowing the game open single-handedly by making four 3-pointers in quick succession late in the third quarter.
(12) Florida Gulf Coast 80, (5) Missouri 70: China Dow scored 21 points and and the Eagles (31-4) upset the Tigers (24-8) in Stanford, California.
Missouri star Sophie Cunningham took over on the low block to get Missouri going and scored a season-high 35 points – most by a Tigers player in an NCAA tournament game.
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