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College women: St. John’s advances to play Stanford

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March 19, 2011 | Leave Comment

STANFORD — Nadirah McKenith scored 14 points, and Eugeneia McPherson had 10 to lead St. John’s over Texas Tech, 55-50, on Saturday in an NCAA Tournament first-round game at Maples Pavilion.

Centhya Hart added six points and nine rebounds for the ninth-seeded Red Storm (22-10), who held the Lady Raiders to only one basket for more than eight minutes in the second half. Texas Tech went 4 for 22 to start the final half.

Casey Morris scored 10 points and Kierra Mallard had nine points and 10 rebounds in a disappointing early exit for Texas Tech (22-11).

The Red Raiders will face Stanford on Monday. The Cardinal defeated UC Davis, 86-59 on Saturday.

Marquette 68, Texas 65: At Knoxville, Tenn., Tatiyiana McMorris hit a 3-pointer with 10 seconds left to send Marquette to a win.

Kathleen Nash couldn’t get a proper shot off for the Longhorns before the buzzer.

Ashley Robinson finished with 19 points to lead the eighth-seeded Golden Eagles (24-8), who will face No. 1 seed Tennessee in the Dayton region on Monday.

The Longhorns (19-14) led by as many as nine and still had a 59-54 advantage when McMorris hit a 3-pointer with 6:58 left to close the gap. Texas committed three fouls in two minutes, and Marquette hit six free throws to take a 65-61 lead.

Nash scored 19 points.

Kentucky 66, Hampton 62: At Albuquerque, N.M., Brittany Henderson scored four of her six points in overtime and Kentucky survived a scare from Hampton.

Keyla Snowden led the fourth-seeded Wildcats with 19 points.

The Wildcats (25-8) will face fifth-seeded North Carolina on Monday night.

Allowing just 51.3 points a game, the 13th-seeded Lady Pirates (25-7) were determined to put on a better showing than last season’s 72-37 loss to Duke in the first round.

Gonzaga 92, Iowa 86: At Spokane, Wash., Courtney Vandersloot scored a career-high 34 points and Kayla Standish added 30 as 11th-seeded Gonzaga beat No. 6 Iowa on Gonzaga’s home court.

Gonzaga (29-4), the nation’s top scoring team, won its 19th consecutive game, but this was far tougher than the 25-point victories the Bulldogs have been averaging during that stretch.

Iowa (22-9) had to play in front of a large, hostile crowd at Gonzaga’s McCarthey Athletic Center, where the Bulldogs have won 30 of their last 31 games. The only loss was to Stanford earlier this season.

Jaime Printy scored 25 points to lead the Hawkeyes.

Temple 63, Arizona State 45: At Salt Lake City, Victoria Macauley scored 12 points and Shey Peddy set a single-season steals record to lead 10th-seeded Temple to a victory over No. 7 seed Arizona State.

The win avenged a 2008 first-round loss to the Sun Devils.

The Owls (24-8) will face the winner of the Notre Dame-Utah game in a second-round matchup Monday night.

Kimberly Brandon led ASU (20-11) with 11 points, while Becca Tobin added 10 and eight rebounds. Tobin made 5 of 9 shots, while her teammates were a combined 12 of 46.

Marist 74, Iowa State 64: At Durham, N.C., Kate Oliver scored 16 points and Marist held on after blowing much of a 20-point lead.

Brandy Gang added 13 points as the 10th-seeded Red Foxes (31-2) won their 27th straight game and their NCAA opener for the first time in three years.

Marist used a 25-4 run to build its big lead late in the first half, then came up with a couple of timely baskets after the seventh-seeded Cyclones (22-11) pulled within six with 4½ minutes left in the game.

Anna Prins had 25 points to lead Iowa State, which shot just 35 percent.

Tennessee 99, Stetson 34: At Knoxville, Tenn., Glory Johnson had 14 points and 10 rebounds as Tennessee cruised.

The No. 1 seed Lady Volunteers (32-2) have their sights set on a return to the Final Four after two seasons of frustration in the tournament.

Sixteenth-seeded Stetson managed to hit a few early shots to keep up with Tennessee. The Lady Vols’ size and shooting became too much for the Hatters, though, and a 23-0 run put the game away early.

Tierra Brown, Victoria McGowan and Natasha Graboski each scored seven points for the Hatters (20-13), who shot just 21.2 percent in the first half.

Duke 90, Tennessee-Martin 45: At Durham, N.C., Jasmine Thomas scored 18 points for Duke.

Freshmen Chelsea Gray and Haley Peters each added 11 for the Blue Devils (30-3), the No. 2 seed in the Philadelphia Regional.

Facing a young and undersized team in its first NCAA tournament, the Blue Devils led 41-31 at the break and ran off nine straight points to open the second half and blow the game open against the 15th-seeded Skyhawks (21-11).

Heather Butler scored 15 to lead UT Martin.

Notre Dame 67, Utah 54: At Salt Lake City, Skylar Diggins and Natalie Novosel scored 20 points apiece, and No. 2 seed Notre Dame held off 15th-seeded Utah.

Utah led late in the first half and was within five points with eight minutes remaining.

Iwalani Rodrigues led Utah with 21 points on 6-of-9 shooting, including 4-of-6 from beyond the arc.

The Utes (18-17) held a 41-34 advantage on the boards but shot just 32.7 percent overall and committed 18 turnovers. Notre Dame (27-7) led 36-33 at halftime and scored the first seven points of the second half to take a 43-33 lead.

DePaul 56, Navy 43: At State College, Pa., Felicia Chester had 12 points and 10 rebounds, and Katherine Harry added 10 points and a couple big second-half buckets.

Anna Martin added 10 points for the third-seeded Blue Demons (28-6).

The 14th-seeded Midshipmen (20-12) didn’t look like a team making its first appearance in the tourney.

Patriot League freshman of the year Jade Geif led Navy with 14 points and 12 rebounds before fouling out, while Angela Myers added 13 points.

Ohio State 80, Central Florida 69: At Columbus, Ohio, Jantel Lavender collected her 75th career double-double with 30 points and 11 rebounds, leading the way as fourth-seeded Ohio State fought off pesky Central Florida.

The only four-time Big Ten player of the year, Lavender scored in transition, on medium-range jumpers and on her patented drop-step move on the block.

Samantha Prahalis had 19 points and 10 assists and Brittany Johnson had 14 points for Ohio State (23-9).

Ashia Kelly and D’Nay Daniels each scored 16 points, and Chelsie Wiley added 11 for UCF (22-11).

Georgia Tech 69, Bowling Green 58: At Columbus, Ohio, Sasha Goodlett took care of things in the paint with 19 points, and fifth-seeded Georgia Tech used its endless pressure to force 25 turnovers.

The Yellow Jackets (24-10) were angry they had to play a 12 seed in its home state. Alex Montgomery had 14 points and 11 rebounds, and Ty Marshall led a second-half surge with 14 points for the Yellow Jackets, making a record fifth straight trip to the NCAA tournament.

Lauren Prochaska had 19 points for Bowling Green (28-5). Chrissy Steffen added 16.

Penn State 75, Dayton 66: At State College, Pa., Alex Bentley scored 25 points and sparked Penn State with clutch shooting and pressure defense, lifting the sixth-seeded Lady Lions in their first NCAA tournament appearance since 2005.

Mia Nickson added 14 points and 10 rebounds for Penn State (25-9), who turned away several second-half runs by the No. 11 seed Flyers — often with Bentley making the big play.

After trailing by 14, Kristin Daugherty drew Dayton (21-12) within 65-63 with 2:59 left in the game.

North Carolina 82, Fresno State 68: At Albuquerque, N.M., Italee Lucas scored 22 points and countered the nation’s top 3-point shooting team with four 3-pointers of her own.

The 12th-seeded Bulldogs (25-8) have never won an NCAA tournament game yet gave the fifth-seeded Tar Heels (27-8) all they could handle for 30 minutes thanks to their long-range game.

Bulldogs senior Jaleesa Ross sank four 3-pointers but missed 16 more, leaving her with 389 3s for her career, three shy of the national record held by Kansas State’s Laurie Koehn.

UCLA 55, Montana 47: At Spokane, Wash., Jasmine Dixon scored 15 points, including a key up-and-under basket with 56 seconds left, and third-seeded UCLA finally shook 14th-seeded Montana in the closing moments.

The Bruins (28-4) committed 19 turnovers, shot just 42 percent and leading scorer Darxia Morris took only seven shots, finishing with four points and five turnovers.

Montana, which won the Big Sky Conference tournament with three straight wins, was led by Alyssa Smith’s 14 points. Montana (18-15) closed within 36-30 midway through the second half and 51-47 in the final 90 seconds but couldn’t get any closer.

The Associated Press

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