Virginia cruises in first-round win

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GREENSBORO

No. 4 Virginia 86, No. 13 UC Santa Barbara 52

NORFOLK — Lyndra Littles scored 17 points, and the Cavaliers (24-9) used a 16-0 run early in the second half to break open their first-round game against the Gauchos (23-8) last night, then kept pouring it on to win in the Greensboro Region.

The victory sets the Cavaliers up for a showdown with Old Dominion for state bragging rights tomorrow night.

No. 5 Old Dominion 82, No. 12 Liberty 62

NORFOLK — Shahida Williams scored 20 points on 10-for-11 shooting as the Monarchs (30-4) ended its six-game losing streak in the NCAA tournament with a victory against the Flames (28-4).

Megan Frazee led Liberty with 19 points. Rachel McLeod had 11 and Molly Frazee 10.

No. 1 Connecticut 89, No. 16 Cornell 47

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — Maya Moore scored 17 points to lead a balanced offense as the Huskies (33-1) beat the Big Red (20-9).

UConn hasn’t won a first-round game by fewer than 23 points since 1995, the year the Huskies won the first of their five national titles.

No. 8 Texas 72, No. 9 Minnesota 55

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — Brittainy Raven scored 19 points as the Longhorns (22-12) routed the Golden Gophers (20-12).

SPOKANE

No. 8 Nebraska 61, No. 9 Xavier 58

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