- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 22, 2009

From combined dispatches

BERKELEY

No. 11 MISSISSIPPI ST. 71, No. 6 TEXAS 63: Alexis Rack was perfect in eight trips to the foul line down the stretch, and the Bulldogs (23-9) were 19-for-20 as a team to beat the Longhorns (21-12) on Saturday in the first round of the NCAA tournament in Columbus, Ohio.

Rack finished with 20 points, her 13th straight game in double figures; Chanel Mokango scored 15, and Mary Kathryn Govero added 11 off the bench for Mississippi State, which blew an 11-point lead with five minutes left but hung on.

Earnesia Williams had 17 points, Brittainey Raven 15 and Kathleen Nash 11 for Texas, which made its 23rd NCAA trip, tied for third-most. The Longhorns closed the season with losses in seven of their last nine games.

Mississippi State, which had shot 69 percent at the line coming in, broke a tie at 59 on Mokango’s short jumper, then scored its final 10 points on foul shots - in as many attempts.

No. 3 OHIO ST. 77, No. 14 SACRED HEART 63: Samantha Prahalis took care of the perimeter with a career-best 23 points, and Jantel Lavender did the same inside with 19 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Buckeyes (28-5) past the Pioneers (25-8) in Columbus, Ohio.

Ashlee Trebilcock had 13 points for the Buckeyes, the regular-season and tournament champions of the Big Ten. The win was their ninth in a row.

No. 10 SAN DIEGO ST. 76, No. 7 DePAUL 70: Jene Morris tied her career high with 35 points to lead the host Aztecs (24-7) to a win over the Blue Demons (23-10).

San Diego State improved to 15-0 this season at Cox Arena and ran its overall home winning streak to 17.

OKLAHOMA CITY

No. 3 N. CAROLINA 85, No. 14 C. FLORIDA 80: Heather Claytor scored a season-high 17 points, and Italee Lucas and Jessica Breeland added 17 each as the Tar Heels (28-6) beat the Knights (17-17) in Chattanooga, Tenn.

North Carolina improved to 15-3 all-time in first-round games but never led by more than 14 against pesky UCF.

No. 2 AUBURN 85, No. 15 LEHIGH 49: SEC player of the year DeWanna Bonner and Auburn made Lehigh’s second trip to the NCAA tournament just as short as the first one.

Bonner scored 26 points and led an early 21-3 spurt that carried the Tigers (30-3) to a victory against the Mountain Hawks (26-7) in Piscataway, N.J.

Erica Prosser had 14 points for Lehigh, the champion of the Patriot League.

No. 6 PURDUE 65, No. 11 CHARLOTTE 52: Danielle Campbell scored 12 points, and the Boilermakers (23-10) downed the 49ers (23-9) in Chattanooga, Tenn., for their 12th straight first-round win.

Charlotte missed on making school history with an NCAA win in its second trip, and the 49ers can blame themselves. A team averaging 19.4 turnovers a game had 20 in the first half alone and finished with 28, one off its worst of the season.

No. 7 RUTGERS 57, No. 10 VCU 51: Epiphanny Prince scored 26 points, including 10 during a decisive run in the second half, to lead the Scarlet Knights (20-12) to a win against the Rams (26-7) in Piscataway, N.J.

Quanitra Hollingsworth had 16 points and 11 rebounds to lead Virginia Commonwealth, which was playing its first NCAA tournament game.

No. 4 PITTSBURGH 64, No. 13 MONTANA 35: Shavonte Zellous scored 15 of her 31 points in the first half to keep Pitt even with energized and inspired Montana, and the superior talent of the Panthers (24-7) took over in the second half of a win over the Grizzlies (28-5) in Seattle.

Pitt held Montana to just 10 second-half points, tying the tournament record for fewest points allowed in a half.

TRENTON

No. 3 FLORIDA ST. 83, No. 14 N. CAROLINA A&T 71: Alysha Harvin scored 18 points to lead five players in double figures, and the Seminoles (26-7) pulled away to beat the MEAC champion Aggies (26-7) in Duluth, Ga.

Tanae Davis-Cain added 16 points for Florida State. North Carolina A&T trailed only 51-48 about seven minutes into the second half, but the Aggies lacked the size and depth to keep up.

Ta’Wuana Cook had 19 points to lead A&T.

No. 6 ARIZONA ST. 58, No. 11 GEORGIA 47: The Sun Devils (24-8) relied on their defense, holding the Bulldogs (18-14) to 20 first-half points to beat Georgia in Duluth, Ga.

Arizona State led 27-20 at halftime, then stretched its lead to 44-28. Christy Marshall scored for Georgia with 4:45 left to cut the lead to 48-41.

No. 4 CALIFORNIA 70, No. 13 FRESNO ST. 47: Ashley Walker scored 21 points and the defense of the Bears (26-6) overwhelmed the Bulldogs (24-9) in Los Angeles.

LaShay Fears tied her career-high with 18 points and Marnique Arnold grabbed 11 rebounds for Fresno State, whose five-game winning streak ended as they went out in the first round for the second consecutive year.

RALEIGH

No. 4 VANDERBILT 73, No. 13 W. CAROLINA 41: Christina Wirth scored 23 points and Jennifer Risper had 11 points and nine rebounds as the Commodores (25-8) beat the Catamounts (21-12) in Albuquerque, N.M., ending Western Carolina’s 10-game winning streak.

Vanderbilt, in the NCAA tournament for the 10th straight year, made its second straight trip to Albuquerque. Last year, the Commodores beat Montana and West Virginia to advance to the regional semifinals.

Lauren Powell led Western Carolina with eight points.

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