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UConn women score NCAA opening rout

STORRS, Conn. — Connecticut has its swagger back.

Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis led six UConn players in double figures, and the top-seeded Huskies routed Idaho 105-37 on Saturday in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. UConn won neither the Big East regular-season nor tournament title for the first time in 20 years.

"I wanted them to understand that this was the beginning of our third season," coach Geno Auriemma said. "Let's put everything behind us."

Mosqueda-Lewis scored 22, all in the first half for the Huskies (30-4).

Stacey Barr had scored 14 for Idaho (17-16). UConn led by 74 in the second half before Idaho hit five 3-pointers in the last 4 minutes, keeping the Huskies from a tournament record. Tennessee beat North Carolina A&T by 74 points in 1994.

Vandy 60, Saint Joe's 54: Tiffany Clarke had 16 points and 12 rebounds to lead the eighth-seeded Commodores (21-11) in Storrs. Chatilla van Grinsven scored 14, all in the second half, for Saint Joseph's (23-9).

Maryland 72, Quinnipiac 52: The host and fourth-seeded Terrapins (25-7) trailed by nine early but rallied to spoil Quinnipiac's tournament debut in College Park. Alyssa Thomas scored 29 for Maryland, which dominated the second half against the Bobcats (30-3).

Michigan St. 55, Marist 47: Annalise Pickrel had 11 of her 14 points during a 13-0 run for the fifth-seeded Spartans (25-8) in College Park. Casey Dulin scored 13 to lead the Red Foxes (26-7), who came in on a 21-game winning streak.

Okla. 78, C. Michigan 73: Joanna McFarland had 18 points and a career-high 17 rebounds and Aaryn Ellenberg had 18 of her 22 points in the second half to lead No. 6 seed Oklahoma (23-10) in Columbus, Ohio. Crystal Bradford had a career-high 36 points for the Chippewas (21-12).

UCLA 66, Stetson 49: Nirra Fields led No. 3 seed UCLA with 13 points as the Bruins (26-7) started on an 11-0 run and never trailed in Columbus. Victoria McGowan had 14 points and a career-high 14 rebounds for the Hatters (24-9), who missed their first nine shots.

Tenn. 83, Oral Roberts 62: The host and second-seeded Vols (25-7) earned their first tournament victory in the post-Pat Summitt era in Knoxville. Tennessee is 51-0 in NCAA Tournament games on its home floor. Kevi Luper scored 20 for Oral Roberts (18-13).

Creighton 61, 'Cuse 56: McKenzie Fujan scored a career-high 24 as the No. 10 seeded Bluejays (25-7) earned their first NCAA victory since 1994 in Knoxville. Syracuse (24-8) was denied its first NCAA Tournament win.

Spokane Region

Iowa St. 72, Gonzaga 60: Chelsea Poppens had 19 points and Hallie Christofferson scored 11 of her 18 in the second half for the fifth-seeded Cyclones (24-8). The Bulldogs (27-6) had been 4-0 the past two seasons in the tournament at home in Spokane, Wash.

Georgia 70, Montana 50: The No. 4 seed Bulldogs (26-6) led 38-36 with 15 minutes left before sealing it with a 21-6 run in Spokane. Montana (24-8) committed 20 turnovers.

Cal 90, Fresno St. 76: Brittany Boyd had 21 points for No. 2 seed California (29-3) in Lubbock, Texas, setting up a meeting Monday against USF. Ki-Ki Moore scored a career-high 33 for Fresno State (24-9).

Norfolk Region

S. Carolina 74, S. Dak. St. 52: Ashley Brunner had 15 points for the fourth-seeded Gamecocks (25-7) in Boulder, Colo. The Jackrabbits finished 25-8.

Kansas 67, Colorado 52: The No. 12 seed Jayhawks (19-13) had a 15-0 run to spark the biggest upset of the day, pulling away from its former Big 12 rival in Boulder as the host Buffaloes (25-7) foundered without injured center Rachel Hargis.

Texas A&M 71, Wichita St. 45: Kristi Bellock tied a career high with 18 points for the host and No. 3 seed Aggies (25-9) in College Station, Texas, spoiling the first tournament trip for the Shockers (24-10).

Neb. 73, Chattanooga 59: Jordan Hooper scored 18 of her 21 in the second half in College Station for the No. 6 seed Cornhuskers (24-8), who ended a 19-game winning streak by the Mocs (29-4).

UConn women score NCAA opening rout 03/23/13 [Last modified: Saturday, March 23, 2013 11:16pm]
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