Sunday, March 17, 2002

Women's NCAA roundup


Connecticut cruises to 34th straight win

The Associated Press

        STORRS, Conn. — Connecticut opened the NCAA Tournament in dominating fashion, extending its winning streak to 34 games and closing within five victories of its third national title.

        Asjha Jones scored 18 points as the Huskies (34-0) routed St. Francis, Pa., 86-37 Saturday in the first round of the Mideast Regional. Swin Cash added 17 points and 11 rebounds for UConn, which will play Iowa Monday.

        Tonjee Ward led St. Francis (19-12) with 15 points.

        Iowa 69, Virginia 62

        STORRS, Conn. — Lindsey Meder had 23 points to lead the Hawkeyes.

        Telisha Quarles scored 17 points for Virginia (17-13) but sat out most of the first half because of foul trouble.

        Purdue 80, Austin Peay 49

        WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Kelly Komara had 17 points, six rebounds and six steals for the second-seeded Boilermakers (24-7), who will play seventh-seeded Old Dominion on Monday.

        Gerlonda Hardin led Austin Peay (19-12) with 19 points.

        Old Dominion 68, Georgia 54

        WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Lucienne Berthieu had 24 points and nine rebounds to lead Old Dominion (26-5).

        Christi Thomas scored 14 points to lead Bulldogs (19-11).

        East

       South Carolina 69, Liberty 61

        COLUMBIA, S.C. — Teresa Geter made four late free throws as third-seeded South Carolina held off a late Liberty rally.

        South Carolina will play No.6 seed Cincinnati Monday.

        Midwest

       Minnesota 71, UNLV 54

        CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Lindsay Whalen scored 18 of her 29 points in the second half for the Golden Gophers (22-7). They will play North Carolina Monday.

        Sherry McCracklin led UNLV (23-8) with 11 points.

        North Carolina 85, Harvard 58

        CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Coretta Brown scored a career-high 28 points for the Tar Heels (25-8).

        Raka Cserny had 16 points for the Crimson (22-6).

        Arizona St. 73, Wisconsin 70

        NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Cion Carvalho hit four free throws in the final 27.1 seconds to clinch the win for the Sun Devils (25-8). They will play Vanderbilt Monday.

        Wisconsin (19-12) led by as many as 14 points in the first half.

        Vanderbilt 63, Oakland 38

        NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Chantelle Anderson scored 28 points for the Commodores (28-6).

        Oakland (17-14) was making its first NCAA Tournament appearance.

        BYU 90, Florida 52

        AMES, Iowa — Erin Thorn made seven 3-pointers and scored 28 points for the 11th-seeded Cougars (23-8). They will play the winner of Saturday night's Iowa State-Temple game Monday.

        Sixth-seeded Florida (18-11) missed 25 of its first 29 shots.

        West

       Villanova 67, Pepperdine 46

        NORMAN, Okla. — Mimi Riley scored 18 points to lead Villanova (20-10), which overcame its 39 percent shooting and advanced to play Oklahoma Monday.

        Damaris Hinojosa scored 16 points for the Waves (23-8).

        Oklahoma 84, Hartford 52

        NORMAN, Okla. — Caton Hill scored 14 points for the top-seeded Sooners (28-3).

        It was the first NCAA Tournament berth for Hartford (16-15).

        Tulane 73, Colorado St. 69

        STANFORD, Calif. — Gwen Slaughter had 15 points and 14 rebounds for the Green Wave (24-10). They led by as many as 27 points in the second half but saw that lead shrink to 68-65 on Joy Jenkins' 3-pointer for the Rams (24-7) with 1:40 to go.

       



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