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Iowa advances to NCAA second round

March 16, 1997

Actor and UC Santa Barbara alum Michael Douglas pumped his fists with every 3-pointer by Erin Alexander, and suddenly Tulane’s 17-point lead was down to three.

But, on the game’s last possession _ with a chance to tie _ Alexander launched one that hit the back of the rim and bounced out, giving Tulane its first NCAA tournament victory in school history.

``She’s just so good coming off that screen,″ Tulane coach Lisa Stockton said after the Green Wave’s 72-69 victory Saturday in the first round of the East Regional. ``Our defense made the last shot difficult.″

Scoreless in the first half, Alexander worked free on screen after screen to hit six of seven 3-point attempts down the stretch. She scored all of her 26 points in the final 15 minutes for Santa Barbara (24-6).

Mary Lowry had 20 points and nine rebounds for Tulane (27-4), which advanced to a second-round game Monday night against the winner of a late game between George Washington and Northwestern.

In the other East Regional play at Austin, Texas, Notre Dame routed Memphis 93-62, and Texas played Southwest Texas State.

In the Mideast Regional at Baton Rogue, La., Marquette beat Clemson 70-66, and LSU played Maine. At Gainesville, Fla., Southern California beat San Francisco 68-55, and Florida played Florida International.

In the Midwest Regional at Storrs, Conn., Iowa beat North Carolina State 56-50, and Connecticut faced Lehigh. At Knoxville, Tenn., Oregon beat San Diego State 80-68, and Tennessee faced Grambling State.

In the West Regional at Stanford, Calif., Stanford played Howard, and Texas Tech faced Montana. At Lawrence, Kan., Vanderbilt beat Washington 74-62, and Kansas faced Detroit.

East

Notre Dame 93, Memphis 62

Katryna Gaither had 24 points and 12 rebounds and Beth Morgan added 15 points for Notre Dame (28-6). Tamika Whitmore led Memphis (22-7) with 20 points and 10 rebounds.

Mideast

Marquette 70, Clemson 66

Clare Barnard scored 23 points as Marquette (21-9) rallied to beat Clemson (19-10) for its first NCAA tournament victory. Itoro Umoh led Clemson with 15 points.

Southern Cal 68, San Francisco 55

Tina Thompson scored 26 points for Southern Cal (20-8), which had a 45-33 rebounding edge. Brittany Lindhe led San Francisco (25-6) with 15 points.

Midwest

Iowa 56, N. Carolina St. 50

Tangela Smith scored 17 points and Tiffany Gooden added 13 points for Iowa (18-11). Chasity Melvin led North Carolina State with 17 points.

Oregon 80, San Diego State 68

Arianne Boyer scored 19 points and Natalie Hughes added 17 as Oregon (22-6) won its first-round game for the first time in three years. Jodi Nowlin-Tres led San Diego State (23-7) with 24 points.

West

Vanderbilt 74, Washington 62

Michelle Palmisano scored 25 points to lead Vanderbilt (17-11) past Vanderbilt (19-10). Jamie Redd led the Huskies with 21 points.

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