Women’s tournament roundup: Baylor off to fast start

No.1 Lady Bears cruise in opener

Brittney Griner (center) had her usual montser game — 33 points, 10 rebounds, and a dunk — in Baylor’s easy victory.
Brittney Griner (center) had her usual montser game — 33 points, 10 rebounds, and a dunk — in Baylor’s easy victory.

Brittney Griner had 33 points, 10 rebounds, 6 blocks, and another dunk, and defending champion Baylor opened the NCAA Tournament with an 82-40 victory over Prairie View A&M on Sunday night in the Oklahoma City Regional at Waco, Texas.

Griner’s record 15th dunk was the first of several plays that drew big roars from the crowd with the game well in hand in the second half. The Lady Bears (33-1), the overall No. 1 seed, won their 31st straight game since an early-season loss to Stanford.

Odyssey Sims had 12 points and 10 assists, and Destiny Williams had 9 points and 10 rebounds off the bench.


Gabrielle Scott led Prairie View with 14 points off the bench. The Lady Panthers (17-15) lost as a No. 16 seed for the third year in a row. Two of them were against Baylor in Waco, and the other was to Connecticut.

Bridgeport Regional

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Dayton 96, St. John's 90 — Andrea Hoover scored a career-high 24 points and the seventh-seeded Flyers (28-2) outlasted the Red Storm (18-13) in double overtime in New York.

Brittany Wilson hit a 3-pointer and Kelley Austria had a 3-point play to make it 90-86 with 2:11 left in the second extra period.
After St. John’s failed to score, Olivia Applewhite added a basket with 47 seconds left to seal the win.

The Red Storm trailed by 13 with 5:30 left in regulation before rallying.

Kentucky 61, Navy 41 — DaNesha Stallworth scored 18 points and Jennifer O'Neill added 9 of her 12 points in the second half to lead the second-seeded Wildcats (28-5) past the Midshipmen (21-12) in New York.


The Wildcats trailed by 1 at the half before O'Neill took over. She hit a quick 3-pointer to start a 12-2 run. The sophomore guard had 7 points, a steal, and an assist during the burst.

North Carolina 59, Albany 54 — Tierra Ruffin-Pratt scored a career-high 30 points, and the third-seeded Tar Heels (29-6) squeezed past the Great Danes (27-4) in Newark, Del.

North Carolina trailed, 28-23, at halftime and 48-44 with just under 10 minutes left before rallying behind Ruffin-Pratt, who scored 17 of the Tar Heels’ final 21 points.

Delaware 66, West Virginia 53 — Elena Delle Donne scored 33 points and led a second-half surge that lifted the sixth-seeded Blue Hens (31-3) past the visiting Mountaineers (17-14) and extended their school-record win streak to 26 games.

Norfolk Regional

Notre Dame 97, Tennessee-Martin 64 — Jewell Loyd scored 27 points and Kayla McBride had 22 points and 10 rebounds for the top-seeded Fighting Irish (32-1), who have won 27 straight after routing the Skyhawks (19-15) in Iowa City.


Skylar Diggins finished with just 10 points, but the Fighting Irish didn’t need much help from their star, outrebounding UT-Martin, 49-14.

Iowa 69, Miami 53 — Samantha Logic had 23 points with 11 rebounds and the host Hawkeyes (21-12) beat the eighth-seeded Hurricanes (21-11), snapping a two-game losing streak in the tournament.

Duke 67, Hampton 51 — Tricia Liston scored 13 of her 20 points in the second half and the second-seeded Blue Devils (31-2) pulled away from the Pirates (28-6) at Durham, N.C., for their 20th straight NCAA Tournament-opening victory.

Elizabeth Williams added 18 points and Haley Peters finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Blue Devils.

Oklahoma St. 73, DePaul 56 — Toni Young scored 20 of her 25 points in the first half and the seventh-seeded Cowgirls (22-10) used a 13-0 run in the second half to subdue the Blue Demons (21-12) in Durham.

Oklahoma City Regional

Florida St. 60, Princeton 44 — At Waco, Leonor Rodriguez and Morgan Toles each scored 12 points and the Seminoles (23-9) won their 10th straight first-round game and denied the ninth-seeded Tigers (22-7) their first NCAA Tournament victory.

Louisville 74, Middle Tennessee 49 — Shoni Schimmel scored 20 points, and the fifth-seeded Cardinals (25-8) handed the visiting Blue Raiders (25-8) their seventh straight first-round loss.

Purdue 77, Liberty 43 — Courtney Moses scored 21 points, hitting 5 of 8 from 3-point range, and the fourth-seeded Boilermakers (25-8) routed the Lady Flames (27-7) in Louisville.

Spokane Regional

Stanford 72, Tulsa 56 — Chiney Ogwumike had 29 points, 8 rebounds, and 3 assists, and the No. 1-seeded Cardinal (32-2) pulled away in the second half to survive a hard-fought effort by the Golden Hurricane (17-17) in Stanford, Calif.

Stanford is seeking its sixth straight Final Four appearance.

Michigan 60, Villanova 52 — Kate Thompson hit a key 3-pointer down the stretch and another late jumper to finish with 17 points, and the No. 8 seed Wolverines (22-10) overcame a cold-shooting first half to beat the Wildcats (21-11) at Stanford.

Penn St. 85, Cal Poly 55 — At Baton Rouge, Maggie Lucas scored 19 points, Alex Bentley added 18, and the third-seeded Lady Lions (26-5) overwhelmed the Mustangs (21-11), who were making their tournament debut.

LSU 75, Green Bay 71 — Danielle Ballard capped a 16-point performance by hitting a key free throw with 4 seconds to go, and the host Tigers (21-11) held off the 11th-seeded Phoenix (29-3), who had a 24-game winning streak snapped.