BC-BKW--NCAA Women’s Tournament Capsules,1st Ld-Writethru
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Megan Gustafson scored 30 points with 16 rebounds and second-seeded Iowa narrowly avoided a monumental upset, holding off No. 15 Mercer 66-61 on Friday for its first NCAA Tournament win in four years.
No 15 seed has ever won an NCAA Tournament game going 0-101 now.
Makenzie Meyer added 16 for the Hawkeyes (27-6), who survived the opening round at home despite committing 24 turnovers.
Hannah Stewart hit three consecutive baskets after Iowa got down by two with 4:19 to go, putting the Hawkeyes ahead 64-61. Stewart missed a jumper with 21 seconds left, but the ball knocked off a Mercer player.
Iowa’s Tania Davis then missed two free throws, but the Hawkeyes were bailed out of the ensuing scrum by the possession arrow.
Kathleen Doyle finally sealed it for Iowa with two free throws with 8.9 second to go.
No. 4 SOUTH CAROLINA 74, No. 13 BELMONT 52
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Te’a Cooper scored 13 points, Alexis Jennings added 12 points and nine rebounds, and South Carolina shook off a sluggish start to pull away from seed Belmont.
Tyasha Harris chipped in with 12 points and six assists and Doniyah Cliney added 10 points on 5-of-5 shooting for the Gamecocks, who won in their first game since getting upset by Arkansas in the quarterfinals of the Southeastern Conference Tournament.
The Gamecocks (22-9) advanced to Sunday’s second round, where they’ll face either Bucknell or Florida State.
Darby Maggard had 13 points and Conley Chinn had 10 for Belmont (26-7).
No. 5 FLORIDA STATE 70, No. 12 BUCKNELL 67
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Kiah Gillespie had 17 points and 11 rebounds, and Florida State held on to beat Bucknell.
Nicki Ekhomu, Nausia Woolfork and Valencia Myers each had 15 points for the Seminoles (24-8), who advanced to play fourth-seeded South Carolina on Sunday.
Gillespie played big in the paint, helping Florida State outrebound Bucknell 44-23. She also hit a big 3-pointer in the closing minutes as the Seminoles battled back from a four-point deficit early in the fourth quarter.
Kate Walker led Bucknell (28-6) with 18 points.
No. 7 MISSOURI 77, No. 10 DRAKE 76, OT
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Jordan Roundtree hit a free throw after being fouled with 1.1 seconds left in overtime and Missouri beat Drake.
Sophie Cunningham scored 21 points and Cierra Porter had 18 for the Tigers (24-10), who can advance to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2001 with a win over second-seeded and host Iowa on Sunday.
The Tigers found Amber Smith open underneath for a 76-74 lead on a jumper with 20.8 seconds left. Maddy Dean pulled Drake even at the line, but Bulldogs star Becca Hittner hit Roundtree’s shooting hand while she was attempting a desperation 3. She missed the first free throw, hit the second and missed the third.
Drake got the rebound and after two timeouts, miraculously got Hittner — a 40 percent shooter from beyond the arc — a wide-open look at a 3. But it bounced off the back of the iron.
Hittner had 19 and Sara Rhine chipped in with 18 points for Drake (27-7),
No. 1 LOUISVILLE 69, No. 16 ROBERT MORRIS 34
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Asia Durr and Sam Fuehring each had 19 points, and Louisville scored 27 straight points in the first half to overwhelm Robert Morris.
The absences of suspended coach Jeff Walz and injured point guard Arica Carter didn’t affect the Cardinals (30-3), who led 32-4 early in the second quarter by holding the Colonials scoreless for nearly 15 minutes. Robert Morris (22-11) missed 17 consecutive shots during that drought before making three of five entering halftime, but the game was out of reach by then.
Natalie Villaflor had 13 points and Nneka Ezeigbo nine for the Colonials, who had won their last four games.
No. 8 MICHIGAN 84, No. 9 KANSAS STATE 54
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Naz Hillmon scored 17 points off the bench, Nicole Munger and Kayla Robbins each added 13 and Michigan shot a season-high 56 percent to run away from Kansas State.
Michigan’s 17-5 surge over 5:10 in the second quarter provided a 43-28 halftime lead that expanded to as many as 37 late in the fourth. The Wolverines (22-11) owned rebounding 50-19 — including a 33-13 gap defensively — and paint scoring 52-26 while holding the Wildcats (21-12) to 36 percent shooting.
Christianna Carr had 21 points and Rachel Ranke 11 for Kansas State.
No. 10 BUFFALO 82, No. 7 RUTGERS 71
STORRS, Conn. (AP) — Summer Hemphill scored 23 points and Cierra Dillard added 20 as Buffalo upset Rutgers.
Hanna Hall and Autumn Jones each added 12 points for the Bulls (24-9), who will be looking to advance to the Sweet 16 for a second straight season.
Stasha Carey had 20 points and 11 rebounds for Rutgers (22-10), which has been without head coach C. Vivian Stringer since late February because of an undisclosed medical issue.
The Bulls trailed by two points after the second and third quarters, but took control of the game midway through the fourth.
Hemphill broke a 69-all tie with five straight points, capped by a layup off a steal by Dillard.
No. 4 TEXAS A&M 84, No. 13 WRIGHT STATE 61
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Chennedy Carter scored 27 points in her return from injury, with 14 coming in Texas A&M’s huge first quarter, to help the No. 4 Aggies cruise to an 84-61 win over No. 13 Wright State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday.
Texas A&M, which is in the tournament for the 14th consecutive season, advances to the second round for the fourth straight year where it will play five-seed Marquette on Sunday.
The Aggies (25-7) led by 18 early after scoring 31 points in the first quarter. The game was tied at 5-all in the first before Texas A&M used a 17-3 run to take a 22-8 lead, and it was never close again.
Wright State (27-7) was led by Angel Baker’s 25 points.
No. 5 MARQUETTE 58, No. 12 RICE 54, OT
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Natisha Hiedeman scored 13 points, Allazia Blockton had 12 and Marquette overcame a nine-point fourth quarter deficit to get a win over Rice.
The Golden Eagles (27-7), who are in the tournament for the third straight season, will play the winner of the Wright State-Texas A&M game.
Amani Wilborn made a jumper with 3 1/2 minutes left in overtime to put Marquette up 54-52 and extend its run to 11-0. Blockton extended the lead to 4 with a shot with just over a minute to go.
The Owls (28-4) ended a scoring drought of about seven minutes stretching back to the fourth quarter when Erica Ogwumike made a basket with 51 seconds left.
But Hiedeman made two free throws with 1.3 seconds remaining to make it 58-54 and secure the victory.