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Florida women stun Dayton in NCAA first round

Florida guard Cassie Peoples, who scores a team-high 21, makes a pass in the second half.

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Florida guard Cassie Peoples, who scores a team-high 21, makes a pass in the second half.

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Cassie Peoples had so much fun leading Florida to an upset NCAA Tournament win, she wants to keep the good times rolling.

"We're all focused for Game 2," she said, "but for Games 3, 4 and 5. However long we keep going."

Peoples had 21 points and all five Florida starters scored in double figures as the 11th-seeded Gators knocked off sixth-seeded Dayton 83-69 Sunday in the opening round.

The Gators (20-12) face host Penn State on Tuesday in a second-round game in the Stanford Region.

Jaterra Bonds and Ronni Williams each scored 15 for Florida. Andrea Hoover led the Flyers (23-8) with 22 points.

The Gators shot 51 percent in the second half to wipe out an 11-point deficit. Carlie Needles hit two 3-pointers in the final 7:47 to give UF breathing room.

FSU seeks to match feat: In 2007 Florida State upset Stanford in the second round. The teams meet tonight in Ames, Iowa, for the first time since.

Not only do they face off in the same round as 2007 but they have the same seeds: FSU (21-11) a No. 10 and Stanford (30-3) a 2.

FSU guard and Hillsborough Community College product Cheetah Delgado said the '07 win only serves as a history lesson for her and her teammates.

"We know it's been done, and we know it's possible," Delgado said.

Penn St. 62, Wichita St. 56: Maggie Lucas scored 22 for the host Nittany Lions (23-7), who came back from 11 down and ensured that No. 3 seeds remained perfect all time against 14s in the tournament. Michaela Dapprich scored 19 to lead the Shockers (26-7).

Mich. St. 91, Hampton 61: Freshman Aerial Powers had 26 points and 18 rebounds and senior Annalise Pickrel shot 7-for-7 to score 21 for the fifth-seeded Spartans (23-9) in Chapel Hill, N.C. No. 12 seed Hampton (28-5) had its 18-game winning streak end.

UNC 60, UT-Martin 58: Xylina McDaniel's putback with 56 seconds left put host and No. 4 seed North Carolina (25-9) up for good. Heather Butler scored 19 and Ashia Jones 18 for the 13th-seeded Skyhawks (24-8), who led 50-32 with 10:51 left. Afterward, fans briefly had to stay inside Carmichael Arena after police said there was an armed and dangerous person near the campus. The person was captured.

S. Carolina 73, CS N'ridge 58: Tiffany Mitchell scored 24 for the top-seeded Gamecocks (28-4), who slowly pulled away late in Seattle. Janae Sharpe led No. 16 Cal State Northridge (18-15) with 26 points.

Oregon St. 55, MTSU 36: Sydney Wiese made six 3-pointers and scored a career-high 26 in Seattle to lead No. 9 seed Oregon State (24-10) to its first tournament win since 1995. Ebony Rowe scored 17 to lead No. 8 seed Middle Tennessee State (29-5).

Louisville Region

Texas 79, Penn 61: Sophomore Imani McGee-Stafford scored 15 of her 20 after halftime to lead the No. 5 seed Longhorns (22-11), who made all 18 of their free throws in College Park, Md. Alyssa Baron scored 25 to lead the No. 12 seed Quakers (23-6).

Maryland 90, Army 52: Alyssa Thomas had 13 points and 14 rebounds for the host and No. 4 seed Terrapins (25-6), who closed the first half on a 29-2 run. Kelsey Minato scored 27 for the No. 13 Black Knights (25-8). Thomas has 2,271 points, most in school history by a man or woman, passing Juan Dixon (2,269).

W. Virginia 76, Albany (N.Y.) 61: Guards Christal Caldwell (26) and Bria Holmes (20) combined for 46 points for the No. 2 seed Mountaineers (30-4) in Baton Rouge, La. Megan Craig led the 15th-seeded Great Danes (28-5) with 23 points.

LSU 98, Georgia Tech 78: Guard Danielle Ballard had 24 points and 17 rebounds despite fighting off leg cramps for the host Tigers (20-12), the No. 7 seed who led wire to wire. LSU freshman guard Raigyne Moncrief (left knee) left in the second half. Sydney Wallace and Tyaunna Marshall scored 20 each for No. 10 seed Tech (20-12).

Louisville 88, Idaho 42: Sara Hammond led five Louisville players in double figures with 16 points as the third-seeded Cardinals (31-4) rolled in Iowa City, Iowa. Ali Forde had 16 points for 14th-seeded Idaho (25-9).

Iowa 87, Marist 65: Theairra Taylor had 22 points and Bethany Doolittle 21 for the host and No. 6 seed Hawkeyes (27-8), who shot 57 percent including 12-of-25 from 3-point range. Emma O'Connor, Sydney Coffey and Madeline Blais each scored 12 for the 11th-seeded Red Foxes (27-7).

Lincoln Region

UConn 87, Prairie View 44: On his 60th birthday, Connecticut coach Geno Auriemma earned his 92nd NCAA win, 20 behind Pat Summit's record. Breanna Stewart led the host and No. 1 seed Huskies (35-0) with 19 points and 10 rebounds. LaReahn Washington scored 13 for No. 16 Prairie View (14-18).

Saint Joseph's 67, Georgia 57: Senior guard Erin Shields had 18 points and seven rebounds in Storrs, Conn., to lead the No. 9 seed Hawks (23-9) past eighth-seeded Georgia for their first tournament win in 14 years. Erika Ford had 16 points for the Bulldogs (20-12).

James Madison 72, Gonzaga 63: Kirby Burkholder, who was up most of the night with an upset stomach, had 28 points and 18 rebounds to lead No. 11 seed James Madison (29-5) to the upset over the No. 6 seed Bulldogs (28-6) in College Station, Texas.

Texas A&M 70, North Dakota 55: Courtney Walker had 19 points and eight rebounds to lead the host and No. 3 seed Aggies (25-8) in College Station, Texas. Madi Buck had 22 points and nine rebounds to lead No. 14 North Dakota (22-10) in its tournament debut.

.Tonight

Men's NIT: FSU vs. Georgetown

When/where: 7; Tucker Center, Tallahassee.

Records: Florida State 20-13; Georgetown 18-14.

TV/radio: ESPN; 1040-AM.

Notable: The winner of the second-round game faces Louisiana Tech in the quarterfinals. If the Seminoles advance, they'd host the game Wednesday. … This is the teams' first meeting since the Seminoles defeated the Hoyas 78-68 in the second round of the 1992 NCAA Tournament.

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