- The Washington Times - Monday, March 23, 2009

From combined dispatches

BERKELEY REGION

NO. 12 BALL ST. 71, NO. 5 TENNESSEE 55: The Volunteers‘ title defense ended sooner than expected, wrapping up the worst season ever for Pat Summitt’s program.

The Cardinals stunned the two-time defending national champions in the opening round of the NCAA tournament in Bowling Green, Ky., on Sunday night, snapping one of the more remarkable streaks in college basketball history.

The Volunteers (22-11) had never lost on the opening weekend of the tournament, going 42-0 through the years.

No. 1 Duke 83, No. 16 Austin Peay 42: Joanne P. McCallie was booed when she was introduced before her top-seeded Blue Devils played the Governors.

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 Austin Peay in the first round in East Lansing, Mich.

No. 4 Iowa St. 85, No. 13 ETSU 53: Alison Lacey made six of the Cyclones’ record-tying 16 3-pointers, and the fourth-seeded Cyclones routed the Buccaneers in the opening round in Bowling Green, Ky.

Lacey led the Cyclones (25-8) with 18 points as Iowa State built an early double-digit lead and cruised.

No. 9 Michigan State 60, No. 8 Middle Tennessee 59: The Spartans 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 the Blue Raiders in the first round in East Lansing, Mich.

TRENTON REGION

No. 1 Connecticut 104, No. 16 Vermont 65: Tina Charles scored 32 points and Renee Montgomery added 19 - all in the first half - to help the top-seed Huskies rout the Catamounts in Storrs, Conn.

The Huskies (34-0) entered the NCAAs unbeaten for the fourth time in school history.

No. 2 Texas A&M 80, No. 15 Evansville 45: The Aggies’ smothering defense was too much for the upstart Purple Aces.

Texas A&M forced a season-high 30 turnovers, leading to 43 points, and Danielle Gant scored 21 points to lead the Aggies to a victory over Evansville in the first round in South Bend, Ind.

No. 8 Florida 70, No. 9 Temple 57: Sha Brooks scored 18 points, and the eighth-seeded Gators beat the Owls in the first round in Storrs, Conn., matching a school record for wins in the process.

No. 10 Minnesota 79, No. 7 Notre Dame 71: The Irish’s homecourt advantage was no match for the Gophers’ 3-point shooting and strong rebounding.

RALEIGH REGION

No. 2 Baylor 87, No. 15 Texas San Antonio 82: Melissa Jones scored 21 points, and the Bears (28-5) narrowly avoided becoming the first second-seeded team to lose in the first round by beating the Roadrunners (24-9) in Lubbock, Texas.

NO. 6 LSU 69, NO. 11 Wisconsin-Green Bay 59: Allison Hightower scored a career-high 26 points, and the sixth-seeded Tigers advanced to the second round with a victory against the Phoenix in Baton Rouge, La.

No. 7 South Dakota State 90, No. 10 TCU 55: South Dakota State put itself in the NCAA tournament win column - and the record book.

The Jackrabbits made a record-tying 16 3-point shots in their tournament debut and beat the Horned Frogs in Lubbock, Texas.

OKLAHOMA CITY REGION

No. 1 Oklahoma 76, No. 16 Prairie View 47: What was supposed to be a tuneup for the Sooners turned out to be a wakeup call.

Danielle Robinson scored 15 points, Ashley Paris added 14 and top-seeded Oklahoma overcame a sluggish start to beat the Panthers in the first round in Iowa City, Iowa.

No. 9 Georgia Tech 76, No. 8 Iowa 62: The Yellow Jackets’ quickness and athleticism ended up being too much for the Hawkeyes’ homecourt advantage.

Jacqua Williams scored 23 points, and 6-foot-5 freshman Sasha Goodlett came up big in her tournament debut with 16 points and 13 rebounds, leading Georgia Tech to a first-round victory over Iowa in Iowa City.


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