Saturday, March 17, 2001

Women's NCAA Roundup

Villanova ends late wait for victory

        RALEIGH, N.C. — Katie Davis had 15 points and Courtney Mix keyed a late run as Villanova won its first NCAA tournament game in 14 years with a 66-58 victory over Drake on Friday.

        Villanova (22-8), the fifth seed in the East region, reached the second round for the first time since 1987. The Wildcats will play North Carolina State on Sunday.

        Carla Bennett had 22 points and 13 rebounds for Drake (23-7), which lost its fifth straight NCAA tournament game.

        N.C. State 76, Delaware 57

        RALEIGH, N.C. — Amy Simpson made four 3-pointers in the first half and finished with 17 points as North Carolina State ruined Delaware's first trip to the NCAA tournament.

        N.C. State (21-10) improved to 9-2 in NCAA tournament games at Reynolds Coliseum and advanced to the second round for the fifth time in the last seven years.

        Delaware (26-5) hit just nine of 26 shots in the first half and shot 36 percent overall. Leading scorer Cindy Johnson had 20 points.

        Georgia 77, Liberty 48

        ATHENS, Ga. — Kelly Miller scored 16 points, and the second-seeded Lady Bulldogs cruised in the first round of the East Regional.

        Georgia (27-5), which was dismayed at being passed over for a No. 1 seed, extended its home winning streak to 24 games by beating the overmatched Flames (18-12).

        Miller added nine rebounds and nine assists, and twin sister Coco Miller had 14 points. Next up for the Lady Bulldogs: a second-round matchup Sunday with Missouri.

        Liberty has lost five straight NCAA tournament games by an average margin of 33.4 points. The Flames shot 28 percent and committed 27 turnovers.

        Missouri 71, Wisconsin 68

        ATHENS, Ga. — Missouri won its first NCAA women's tournament game in 15 years, rallying past Wisconsin.

        Amanda Lassiter had 20 points in only 20 minutes for the 10th-seeded Tigers (21-9), who scored the final 10 points of the game in their first NCAA appearance since 1994.

        Wisconsin (18-10), the No. 7 seed, led by as many as 10 in the first half and appeared to be in control after a 13-2 run pushed the Badgers ahead 64-56 with 6:26 remaining. But they failed to score a field goal in the final 5:07.

        Jessie Stomski led Wisconsin with 29 points and 11 rebounds.


        Tennessee 80, Austin Peay 38

        KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Ashley Robinson scored 17 points as top-seeded Tennessee routed Austin Peay in the first round for its 37th consecutive tournament victory on its own court.

        The Lady Vols (30-2) gave coach Pat Summitt her 12th 30-win season. They will play St. Mary's of California in the second round Sunday night.

        Brooke Armistead scored 20 points for Austin Peay (17-14), which hit just six shots from the floor in the second half and shot 22.8 percent (13-of-57) for the game.

        St. Mary's, Calif. 68, Texas 64

        KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Triola Alexander scored a career-high 21 points as St. Mary's of California beat Texas for its first NCAA tournament victory.

        The ninth-seeded Gaels (26-5), making only their second appearance in the tournament, have won 11 straight games under first-year coach Michelle Jacoby.

        The loss sends No. 8 seed Texas (20-13) home after the first round for the third straight year. Stacy Stephens led the Longhorns with 21 points and 17 rebounds.

        Clemson 51, Chattanooga 49

        CINCINNATI — Nuria Forns made two free throws with less than a second left to give Clemson a first-round victory.

        Forns finished with 16 points, and Erin Batth had 11 for fifth-seeded Clemson (21-9), which will play Xavier in the second round Sunday.

        Damita Bullock scored 19 points for Chattanooga (24-7).

        With the game tied at 49, Bullock missed a shot as the buzzer sounded. But an offensive foul was called on Chattanooga's Tishay Lewis under the basket, and 0.8 seconds were put back on the clock.

        Forns then hit both free throws.

        Xavier 80, Louisville 52

        CINCINNATI — Nicole Levandusky and Reetta Piipari started a 24-2 run with a pair of 3-pointers as Xavier took control early.

        Fourth-seeded Xavier (29-2), which has a 19-game winning streak, got 20 points from Jennifer Phillips and improved to 14-0 at the Cintas Center — its new campus arena which opened this season.

        Sara Nord scored 22 points for Louisville (19-10).

        Texas Tech 100, Penn 57

        LUBBOCK, Texas — Plenette Pierson scored 19 points as Texas Tech won its seventh straight first-round game.

        The Lady Raiders (23-6) held all Penn scorers but two below six points to spoil the Quakers' first NCAA appearance and snap their NCAA-best 21-game winning streak.

        The Lady Raiders will play Virginia Tech in the second round Sunday.

        Penn (22-5) got 19 points from Jennifer Jones.

        Virginia Tech 77, Denver 57

        LUBBOCK, Texas — Virginia Tech opened a 15-0 lead, and Chrystal Starling scored 15 of her 20 points in the second half as the Hokies cruised to victory.

        Starling led five players in double figures, and Virginia Tech held Michaela Pavlickova — the Sun Belt Conference player of the year — to 10 points on 5-of-17 shooting in Denver's first appearance in the NCAA tournament.

        Tere Williams added 16 points for the Hokies (22-8). Nikki Weddle led the Pioneers (24-7) with 16 points.

        Purdue 75, UC Santa Barbara 62

        WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Camille Cooper scored 23 points and Purdue used a late run to hold off UC Santa Barbara in the first round.

        Kelly Komara added 14 points for the Boilermakers (27-6), who forced 24 turnovers and will play Louisiana State in the second round Sunday. All-American Katie Douglas had 14 points and nine rebounds.

        Nicole Greathouse and Kayte Christensen led the Gauchos (22-9) with 13 points each.

        LSU 83, Arizona St. 66

        WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Ke-Ke Tardy scored 21 points, and Marie Ferdinand added 19 for Louisiana State.

        The sixth-seeded Lady Tigers (20-10) trailed early against the No. 11 Sun Devils before going on a 17-8 run that gave them a lead they would not relinquish.

        Arizona State (20-11) got 25 points from Melody Johnson.


        Iowa St. 100, Howard 61

        AMES, Iowa — Angie Welle had 23 points and 10 rebounds in just 20 minutes as Iowa State won easily in the first round.

        The second-seeded Cyclones (26-5) shot 70 percent in building a 30-point halftime lead. They play Florida State in the second round Sunday.

        Chanell Washington led Howard (21-10) with 20 points. Andrea Gardner, the nation's leading rebounder, had 19 points and eight rebounds.

        Florida St. 72, Tulane 70

        AMES, Iowa — April Traylor scored a career-high 30 points and Florida State survived a late rush by Tulane.

        Seventh-seeded Florida State (19-11), in the tournament for the first time since 1991, rallied from an 11-point deficit in the first half and then held on after leading 70-62 with a little more than two minutes left.

        Janell Burse had 22 points and six rebounds for 10th-seeded Tulane (22-10), but she missed an 8-foot turnaround shot in traffic with two seconds remaining. The Green Wave made the tournament for the seventh straight year and lost in the first round for the fifth time.


        Washington 67, Old Dominion 65

        GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Loree Payne got Washington's tournament off to a magical start, hitting a 15-foot jump shot at the buzzer to lift the Huskies past Old Dominion in the first round.

        Payne finished with 20 points for the sixth-seeded Huskies (20-9), who will play Florida in the second round Sunday.

        Myriah Spence came off the bench to lead Old Dominion (21-9) with 13 points. It was ODU's first opening-round loss since 1995.

        Long a powerhouse in the women's game, No. 11 seed Old Dominion came into the tournament with its lowest seed ever, even though it won its 10th straight Colonial Athletic Association title.

        Florida 84, Holy Cross 52

        GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Naomi Mobley had 16 points and a career-high 20 rebounds to help Florida overpower Holy Cross.

        Backup center Vanessa Hayden added 17 points and nine rebounds for the third-seeded Gators (24-5).

        Katie O'Keefe had 13 points to lead the Crusaders (21-9), who made their fourth straight NCAA appearance but remained without a tournament victory since 1991.


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