June 20, 2018
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Top-seeded Baylor rolls past UC Santa Barbara

The Associated Press

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio — Brittney Griner scored 14 points in only 22 minutes and top-seeded Baylor rolled to an 81-40 win over 16th-seeded UC Santa Barbara in the Des Moines Regional on Sunday.

Brooklyn Pope had 13 points for the Lady Bears (35-0) and Destiny Williams added 12. Baylor has not lost since the quarterfinals of last year’s NCAA tournament.

Emilie Johnson scored 10 points for UCSB (17-16) but the Gauchos were as overmatched as expected. They swarmed Griner early and prevented her from dominating, but Baylor has plenty of other options.

The Lady Bears move on to the second round, where they’ll face ninth-seeded Florida on Tuesday night.

FLORIDA 70, OHIO STATE 65: Jennifer George had 16 points and six rebounds to lead Florida over Ohio State.

The Gators (20-12) scored the game’s first nine points and held on in front of a crowd packed with fans of the in-state Buckeyes (25-7).

Tayler Hill scored 23 points for Ohio State, including two late baskets to pull the Buckeyes within two. Florida patiently worked the ball inside to George, who went up strong with her left hand and scored with 45 seconds to play. Emilee Harmon missed at the other end for the Buckeyes.

GEORGIA TECH 76, SACRED HEART 50: Freshman guard Sydney Wallace scored a season-high 28 points to lead Georgia Tech past Sacred Heart in the first round at Chapel Hill, N.C..

Wallace finished 11 of 13 and hit six 3-pointers while Sasha Goodlett added 12 points and 11 rebounds. They helped Georgia Tech (25-8) set the school’s single-season wins record and avoid being upset in the first round for the second time in three years.

GEORGETOWN 61, FRESNO STATE 56: Tia Magee scored 17 points and Georgetown held on to beat Fresno State at Chapel Hill.

Adria Crawford and Sugar Rodgers added 11 points apiece for the Hoyas (23-8). They never trailed but blew most of a 17-point lead and made just four field goals during the final 15½ minutes — none in the final 6 minutes — before improving to 4-0 in NCAA tournament openers.

DELAWARE 73, UALR 42: Elena Delle Donne had 39 points and 11 rebounds to lift Delaware over Arkansas-Little Rock at Little Rock.

The Blue Hens (31-1) earned their first victory in three NCAA tournament appearances and ran their winning streak to 21 in a row.

Delle Donne, the nation’s leading scorer at 27.5 points per game, was making her first NCAA appearance after leading Delaware to the WNIT the past two seasons. The junior didn’t disappoint, collecting 20 points and nine rebounds in the first half and helping the Blue Hens pull away in the second.

KANSAS 57, NEBRASKA 49: Angel Goodrich scored 20 points to lead Kansas past former Big 12 rival Nebraska at Little Rock.

The Jayhawks (20-12) led by as many as 10 in the first half and held on in the second for their first NCAA tournament win since 1999. The appearance was the school’s first since 2000 and the first in eight seasons under coach Bonnie Henrickson.

The win comes after Kansas narrowly made the tournament after losing six of its final eight games when leading scorer Carolyn Davis injured her knee.

ST. JOHN’S 69, CREIGHTON 67: Nadirah McKenith scored on a coast-to-coast layup with 0.1 seconds left, lifting St. John’s to a dramatic victory over Creighton in the Fresno Regional at Norman, Okla.

After Carli Tritz hit two free throws to tie it with 5.4 seconds left, McKenith took an inbounds pass and zoomed up the left sideline and into the lane before lofting a high-arcing shot that splashed in for the game-winner.

McKenith finished with 21 points and Da’Shena Stevens scored 12 for the Red Storm (23-9), who narrowly avoided becoming the first No. 3 seed ever to lose in the tournament’s opening round.

No. 2 DUKE 82, No. 15 SAMFORD 47: Tricia Liston scored 22 points and Duke, coached by former UMaine coach Joanne Palombo McCallie, started strong in an easy victory over Samford at Nashville.

Freshman center Elizabeth Williams, the ACC defensive player of the year, had 11 points and three rebounds while playing with a stress fracture in her lower right leg. She is Duke’s top scorer and rebounder.

Duke (25-5) opened the game on a 23-7 run en route to a 40-22 halftime lead. The Blue Devils made nearly 52 percent of their shots overall and were 22 of 25 from the foul line.

Taylor Reece led Samford (20-13) with 10 points.

PENN STATE 85, UTEP 77: Maggie Lucas scored 23 points and Alex Bentley had 21 in Penn State’s victory over UTEP in the Kingston Regional at Baton Rouge, La.

Zhaque Gray added 15 points for the Lady Lions (25-6), who trailed for much of the first half but led nearly all of the second en route to their second straight appearance in the second round of the NCAA tournament.

Gloria Brown had 18 points and 10 rebounds for UTEP (29-4), which had not lost by more than three points all season before running into Penn State, the Big Ten regular-season champion.

Kayla Thornton added 15 and 12 rebounds for the Miners, who led by as many as seven in the first half but fell behind by as much as 14 in the second.

LSU 64, SAN DIEGO STATE 56: LaSondra Barrett had 17 points and 10 rebounds in her comeback from a concussion, and LSU held off San Diego State to advance to the second round at Baton Rouge.

Courtney Jones added 13 points and Jeanne Kenney 10 for LSU (23-10), which trailed by six midway through the second half but surged in front for good with a 12-0 run that lasted nearly 7 minutes.

LSU, which plays Penn State next, shot 38.3 percent (18 of 47) but made 26 of 35 free throws while San Diego State (25-7) missed 13 of 20 foul shots.

Courtney Clements scored 17 for the Aztecs, but only three in the second half. Chelsea Hopkins added 14 points.

Barrett was playing for the first time since being knocked out of LSU’s Southeastern Conference championship game loss to Tennessee two weeks ago.

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