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FSU women rally to beat Louisiana Tech in NCAA Tournament

Florida State’s Jacinta Monroe, back, and Louisiana Tech’s Shanavia Dowdell battle for a rebound during the first half. Monroe scored 16 and the Seminoles rallied in the second half.

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Florida State’s Jacinta Monroe, back, and Louisiana Tech’s Shanavia Dowdell battle for a rebound during the first half. Monroe scored 16 and the Seminoles rallied in the second half.

TALLAHASSEE — About midway through the first half of Florida State's first-round NCAA Tournament game, Louisiana Tech forward Shanavia Dowdell had scored 17. That was one more point than the Seminoles had as a team.

For a while, it seemed as if Dowdell, the two-time Western Athletic Conference player of the year, might finish with 50.

But FSU coach Sue Semrau made adjustments for the second half and the third-seeded Seminoles advanced in the Dayton Region with a 75-61 victory.

"It's not something that we practice all the time — doubling down or bringing somebody over (to help) — but we knew we had to make an adjustment," Semrau said.

It also helped that Dowdell picked up her third foul with a little less than five minutes to play in the first half and her team leading 34-27. Then the Seminoles (27-5) went on a 13-6 run to tie it at 40 by halftime.

Playing against a zone defense and in foul trouble, Dowdell was less effective in the second half. She finished with 28 points and 12 rebounds, fouling out with 1:39 to play.

Jacinta Monroe and Courtney Ward scored 16 each to lead the Seminoles, who will play sixth-seeded St. John's on Monday for a trip to the round of 16. FSU freshmen Alexa Deluzio and Chasity Clayton added 10 each.

Deluzio made a lot of hustle plays and frustrated the Techsters (23-9), a No. 13 seed, with her defense. She led FSU with three steals and had six rebounds.

"I think plays like that, you're just playing hard," Deluzio said. "… I just play hard and when you're playing hard things kind of just flow."

FSU, which allowed Louisiana Tech to shoot 50 percent in the first half, held the Techsters to 16.7 percent (5-for-30) in the second half.

St. John's 65, Princeton 47: Da'Shena Stevens scored 19, Shenneika Smith added 13 and sixth-seeded St. John's (25-6) ran away from Princeton (26-3) in Tallahassee. Niveen Rasheed scored 11 for Ivy League champion Princeton, which entered the tournament with a school-record 21-game winning streak, the nation's third-longest.

Memphis region

Tenn. 75, Austin Peay 42: Kelley Cain had 18 points and 12 rebounds as the top-seeded Vols (31-2) beat No. 16 seed Austin Peay (15-18) in Knoxville, Tenn. Cain hit a jumper 30 seconds in, and the Vols scored the first 15 points before Austin Peay hit a basket. The Vols play Dayton on Monday.

Dayton 67, TCU 66: Brittany Wilson hit a layup with 1.1 seconds left as Flyers (25-7) rallied from an 18-point deficit to beat Texas Christian (22-9) in Knoxville, Tenn.

Duke 72, Hampton 37: Keturah Jackson scored a career-high 13 as the second-seeded Blue Devils (28-5) beat the Pirates (20-12) in Durham, N.C. Duke, which outscored Hampton 35-6 during the final 15:45 of the first half, plays LSU on Monday.

LSU 60, Hartford 39: LaSondra Barrett scored 20 in Durham, N.C., as the Tigers (21-9) won at least one tournament game for the 12th straight year. The Hawks (27-5) ended the season with back-to-back losses after running off 20 straight victories.

Georgetown 62, Marist 42: Monica McNutt hit consecutive 3-pointers to start the second half and the Hoyas (26-6) rolled past Marist (26-8) in Berkeley, Calif., to win the opener in their first NCAA Tournament trip in 17 years. Georgetown awaits the Baylor-Fresno State winner.

Kansas City region

Kentucky 83, Liberty 77: A'dia Mathies scored a career-high 32 as the Wildcats (26-7) overcame an early nine-point deficit to beat the Flames (27-6) in Louisville, Ky. SEC player of the year Victoria Dunlap added 15 points and eight rebounds for Kentucky, which plays Michigan State on Monday.

Mich. State 72, Bowling Green 62: Aisha Jefferson scored 17 points as the Spartans (23-9) beat the Falcons (27-7) in Louisville, Ky. The Spartans outscored the Falcons 28-4 in the paint and forced 16 turnovers. Lauren Prochaska led the Falcons with 19 points on 5-for-13 shooting.

Sacramento region

Texas A&M 84, Portland State 53: Danielle Adams scored 23 and the second-seeded Aggies (26-7) ran away from the Vikings (18-15) in Seattle. Adaora Elonu and Sydney Colson both added 13 points for the Aggies, who kept rolling after knocking off Texas, Nebraska and Oklahoma to win the Big 12 tournament title.

Okla. State 70, Chattanooga 63: Toni Young scored 16 of her career-high 22 in the second half and fourth-seeded Oklahoma State (24-10) rallied from an 18-point halftime deficit to beat the Mocs (24-9) in Tempe, Ariz. The Cowgirls were missing the nation's No. 3 scorer Andrea Riley, who was suspended by the NCAA for the game because she hit an opponent in the back of the head in the first round two years ago.

Iowa 70, Rutgers 63: Kamille Wahlin shook off a slow start to score 15 and the Hawkeyes (20-13) denied Rutgers coach C. Vivian Stringer a victory over her old school in Stanford, Calif. The Hawkeyes hit 10 3-pointers against the Scarlet Knights (19-15). Stringer coached at Iowa from 1983 to 1995.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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