- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 22, 2009

STORRS, CONN. (AP) - Connecticut showed no rust from having the last 12 days off.

Tina Charles scored 32 points and Renee Montgomery added 19 _ all in the first half _ to help the top-seeded Huskies rout No. 16 seed Vermont 104-65 on Sunday in the opening round of the NCAA tournament.

The Huskies (34-0) entered the NCAAs unbeaten for the fourth time in school history. UConn went on to win the national championship in 1995 and 2002. In 1996-97, the Huskies lost to Tennessee in the regional final.

UConn, which is seeking its sixth national title, will face Florida in the second round Tuesday night.

It was the sixth time that Connecticut scored over 100 points in an NCAA tournament.

Florida 70, Temple, 57

STORRS, Conn. (AP) _ Sha Brooks scored 18 points and eighth-seeded Florida beat Temple (21-10) in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

Florida gets undefeated and top-seeded UConn next.

Marshae Dotson added 13 points, and Steffi Sorensen had 13 points and 13 rebounds for the Gators (24-7), who led just 43-39 in the second half before scoring nine straight to take control of the game.

Minnesota 79, Notre Dame 71

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) _ Notre Dame’s home-court advantage was no match for Minnesota’s 3-point shooting and strong rebounding.

The Gophers started the game by making 11 of 13 shots and opened a 14-point first-half lead, then used timely 3-point shooting to hold off Notre Dame in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

Emily Fox scored 23 points and Katie Ohm added 15 to pace the Gophers, who shot 49 percent from the field. Zoe Harper had 13 rebounds as the Gophers (20-11) outrebounded the Irish 45-32. The Gophers will face Texas A&M; on Tuesday night.

Ashley Barlow led Notre Dame (22-9) with 20 points.

Texas A&M; 80, Evansville 45

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) _ Texas A&M;’s smothering defense was too much for upstart Evansville.

The Aggies forced a season-high 30 turnovers, leading to 43 points, and Danielle Gant scored 21 to lead Texas A&M; over the Purple Aces in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

Texas A&M; (26-7), a second seed for a second straight year, won an opening-round game for the third straight season. The 15th-seeded Purple Aces (15-19), the only team in the tournament with a losing record, saw their season-long winning streak end at four games.

Raleigh Regional

Utah 60, Villanova 30

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) _ Sent clear across the country to play in the NCAA tournament, Kalee Whipple and Utah figured they might as well extend their stay.

Whipple had 15 points and eight rebounds, all the while playing tough defense on Villanova star Laura Kurz, and the Utes overwhelmed the poor-shooting Wildcats in a first-round game of the Raleigh Regional.

Morgan Warburton _ like Kurz, a finalist for the Naismith Trophy as national player of the year _ scored 14 for ninth-seeded Utah (23-9). The Utes will play No. 1 Maryland on Tuesday.

Kurz led eighth-seeded Villanova (19-14) with 11 points, going 0-for-7 on 3-point attempts.

Maryland 82, Dartmouth 53

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) _ Maryland’s opening game in the NCAA tournament can best be summed up by the halftime score: Kristi Toliver 23, Dartmouth 23.

Toliver finished with 27 points on 11-for-14 shooting, and the third-ranked Terrapins extended their winning streak to 13.

Top-seeded Maryland (29-4) bolted to an 8-0 lead and never trailed in winning its 35th straight home game.

LSU 69, Wisconsin-Green Bay 59

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) _ Allison Hightower scored 26 points and sixth-seeded LSU advanced to the second round of the Raleigh Regional with a victory over 11th-seeded Wisconsin-Green Bay.

Hightower, a junior who set her previous career high with 23 points earlier this month, had 20 points in the first half.

Kriston Morris added 13 points and 16 rebounds for LSU (19-10), which led by as much as 20 and by double digits most of the second half.

Kati Hardy led Green Bay (29-4) with 17 points, and reserve Kayla Tetschlag added 16.

South Dakota St. 90, TCU 55

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) _ South Dakota State made a record-tying 16 3-point shots in its NCAA tournament debut and beat TCU.

This was the first year the Jackrabbits (32-2) were eligible for the field. Seeded seventh, they matched the tournament mark for 3s set by Harvard in 1996.

Jill Young and Kristin Rotert scored 17 points to lead the Jackrabbits and extend their win streak to 18 games.

Helena Sverrisdottir scored 12 points to lead the Horned Frogs (20-11).

Berkeley Regional

Michigan St. 60, Middle Tennessee 59

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) _ Michigan State stymied the nation’s leading scorer just in time.

Alysha Clark scored 34 points but none in the last 11-plus minutes and fouled out with 1 1/2 minutes left. That gave the ninth-seeded Spartans the boost they needed for a win over No. 8 seed Middle Tennessee in the NCAA tournament’s first round.

Michigan State’s Mia Johnson made a tiebreaking 3-pointer with just over a minute left. Brandi Brown made a layup to get the Blue Raiders within one, but Middle Tennessee didn’t get a shot off after calling a time out with 10 seconds left.

Michigan State’s Aisha Jefferson scored 20, reserve Kalisha Keane had 13 points and Cetera Washington scored a season-high 12.

Duke 83, Austin Peay 42

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) _ Joanne P. McCallie was booed when she was introduced before her top-seeded Duke Blue Devils played Austin Peay.

Fans of the school McCallie left behind didn’t have much to jeer the rest of the afternoon, as Duke dominated in a win over the Lady Govs in the first round.

The NCAA sent Coach P to Michigan State, where she coached from 2000-07, and set up a possible second-round matchup with her former employer. Now, Duke (27-5) will play the ninth-seeded Spartans (21-10) Tuesday night on their home court.

Chante Black led the Blue Devils’ balanced offense with 14 points.

Emily Pollock scored 13 and Nicole Jamen had 10 for the 16th-seeded Lady Govs (17-16).

Iowa St. 85, East Tennessee St. 53

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) _ Alison Lacey made six of Iowa State’s record-tying 16 3-pointers and the fourth-seeded Cyclones routed East Tennessee State in the opening round of NCAA tournament.

Iowa State (25-8) tied the tournament record for 3s set by South Dakota State earlier in the day and also by Harvard in the opening round of the 1996 tournament and will play fifth-seeded Tennessee or 12th-seeded Ball State in the second round on Tuesday night.

Lacey led the way, finishing with 18 points. Kelsey Bolte added 12, Heather Ezell scored 11 and Nicky Wieben and Amanda Nisleit added 10 points apiece as the sharp-shooting Cyclones moved into the second round for the third straight year.

Oklahoma City Regional

Oklahoma 76, Prairie View 47

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) _ Danielle Robinson scored 15 points, Ashley Paris added 14 and the top-seeded Sooners overcame a sluggish start to beat Prairie View A&M; in the first round of the Oklahoma City Regional.

Courtney Paris had 11 points and 16 rebounds for Oklahoma (29-4), which led 42-34 before overwhelming the 16th-seeded Lady Panthers with a 17-1 run early in the second half.

The Sooners will play either host Iowa or Georgia Tech in the second round Tuesday night.

Dominique Smith and Gatti Werema each had 15 points to lead Prairie View (23-11).



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