STORRS, Conn. — Stefanie Dolson scored all 12 of her points in the first half to lead a balanced Connecticut offense, and the top-seeded Huskies routed America East champion Hartford 75-39 on Sunday in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
Maya Moore, Bria Hartley and Tiffany Hayes added 12 points each for the Huskies (33-1), who started their journey toward a third consecutive national championship.
The victory was UConn’s 21st straight and 82nd in a row at home. The Huskies are hosting the first two rounds of the NCAAs.
Alex Hall scored 10 points to lead Hartford (17-16), which was making its sixth trip to the NCAA tournament.
Texas A&M 87, McNeese 47
BOSSIER CITY, La. — Danielle Adams scored 18 points, and Kelsey Assarian and Tyra White each added 12 points for second-seeded Texas A&M (28-5).
The Aggies raced to a 22-3 lead and led by 39 when Adams scored inside while being fouled five minutes into the second half. The victory marked the fifth straight year the Aggies have gotten through the first round.
Caitlyn Baggett scored 22 for McNeese State (26-7), which had a size disadvantage and struggled to stop the Aggies in the paint or in transition. Texas A&M scored 54 points inside, including 18 fast-break points.
Xavier 72, S. Dakota 56
CINCINNATI — Ta’Shia Phillips had 27 points and 15 rebounds, and second-seeded Xavier got off to a slow start on its home court before using its front-line advantage to pull away.
Xavier (29-2) will play Louisville on Tuesday, a rematch of familiar teams that played a tight game earlier this season on the same court. The Musketeers beat the Cardinals 71-59 on Nov. 23, when Amber Harris had 28 points and 18 rebounds.
Harris had 16 points and 12 rebounds against South Dakota State (19-14), the three-time Summit League champs who couldn’t measure up to Xavier’s two dominant front-line players.
Purdue 53, Kansas St. 45
STORRS, Conn. — Brittany Rayburn scored 21 points for ninth-seeded Purdue.
Drey Mingo, who overcame a life-threatening bout with meningitis earlier this season, added 16 points for the Boilermakers (21-11), who advance to play Connecticut.
Brittany Chambers had 18 points for Kansas State (21-11), which missed its first 12 shots. Taelor Karr added 16 points for the Wildcats.
Florida St. 76, Samford 46
AUBURN, Ala. — Cierra Bravard had 23 points and 13 rebounds.
The Seminoles (24-7) used superior size and muscle to easily make it through the tournament opener for the seventh straight year after advancing to the regional final last season.
Samford (25-8), the Southern Conference tournament champion, was mostly denied its staple, the 3-pointer, in its first NCAA appearance.
Miami 80, Gardner-Webb 62
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Riquna Williams scored 17 of her 28 points in the first half.
The third-seeded Hurricanes (28-4) won a tournament game for the first time since 1993, keeping alive a dramatic turnaround season.
Dominique Hudson led Gardner-Webb with 18 points and twin sister Monique had 17.
The Runnin’ Bulldogs (23-11) were playing their first game in the NCAA tournament after becoming the first team in Big South Conference history to beat Liberty in the championship.
Maryland 70, St. Francis 48
COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Maryland scored the game’s first 13 points, led by 23 at halftime and cruised to victory.
Alyssa Thomas scored 10 of her 16 points in the first half for the No. 4 seed Terrapins (24-7), who have no seniors and six freshmen on the roster.
Maryland’s youth proved irrelevant against the overmatched Red Flash (22-12).
The Terrapins finished with a 49-32 rebounding advantage, forced 24 turnovers and limited St. Francis to 31 percent shooting from the floor.
Brittany Lilley and Nickia Gibbs each scored 10 points for 13th-seeded St. Francis, the Northeast Conference champions.
Georgetown 65, Princeton 49
COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Georgetown guard Sugar Rodgers outscored Princeton in the first half, and the Hoyas rolled.
Rodgers scored 16 before halftime to help stake the Hoyas to a 34-14 lead. The 5-foot-11 sophomore finished with 26 points and led the team in rebounds (eight) and assists (four).
Fifth-seeded Georgetown (23-10) will next face Maryland.
Addie Micir led Princeton (24-5) with 13 points.
Louisville 81, Vanderbilt 62
CINCINNATI — Freshman point guard Shoni Schimmel directed Louisville’s young-but-poised offense with 19 points, and the Cardinals marked their return to the NCAA tournament by beating Vanderbilt.
The Cardinals (21-12) failed to make the tournament last season after losing to Connecticut in the 2009 title game.
For the second year in a row, the Commodores (20-12) ended their season on Xavier’s home court.
Jasmine Lister scored 13 for the Commodores.
Oklahoma 86, James Madison 72
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Whitney Hand scored 24 points and Oklahoma squandered much of a 19-point second-half lead before holding on to beat James Madison.
Danielle Robinson added 19 points for the Sooners (22-11), who are trying to make their third consecutive run to the Final Four. Oklahoma will play Miami in the second round.
Dawn Evans, the nation’s No. 3 scorer with a 23.2 average, led the Dukes with 20 points, but hit just 7 of 27 shots. James Madison (26-8) fell short in its bid for its first NCAA tournament victory since the 1991 team beat top-ranked Penn State in the second round in State College, Pa.
Wis.-GB 59, Ark.-Little Rock 55
WICHITA, Kan. — Kayla Tetschlag scored 24 points and Wisconsin-Green Bay extended its winning streak to 21 games.
No. 5 seed Green Bay (33-1) hadn’t won a game by a single-digit margin since Jan. 27 against Butler, but Sun Belt Conference champion Arkansas-Little Rock (23-8) made the Phoenix sweat this one out.
Thanks to 24 points from Chastity Reed, the Trojans led midway through the second half and remained within striking distance in the final minutes, never letting Green Bay’s lead grow to more than 10. UALR pulled within 58-55 on a 3-pointer by Reed with 3 seconds left, but Julie Wojta hit a clinching free throw with 1.9 seconds to go.
W. Virginia 79, Houston 73
WACO, Texas — Liz Repella scored 26 points and Madina Ali added 13 points and 15 rebounds.
The Mountaineers (24-9) took control with a 16-1 run during the first half, all while Cougars star Courtney Taylor was on the bench with two fouls. Taylor played the entire second half, but Houston (26-6) never got closer than three points with 3:26 left.
West Virginia was ranked No. 6 earlier this season, but entered the tournament seeded ninth, in a 3-6 rut.