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Hurricanes don't miss beat

Miami’s Jessica Capers, front, grabs a rebound in front of teammate Shenise Johnson and Idaho State’s Ashleigh Vella.

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Miami’s Jessica Capers, front, grabs a rebound in front of teammate Shenise Johnson and Idaho State’s Ashleigh Vella.

SPOKANE, Wash. — Miami coach Katie Meier looks at playing without all-ACC guard Riquna Williams more as an opportunity than a problem.

Williams missed the trip to Spokane for an unspecified team violation. But it didn't slow the Hurricanes, who blasted Idaho State 70-41 on Saturday in the first round of the women's NCAA Tournament.

"We don't have any real adversity," Meier said. "We have opportunity right now."

Shenise Johnson scored 20 for Miami, the No. 3 seed, and made a bit of history by joining Nancy Lieberman as the only Division I players in history with 2,000 points, 1,000 rebounds, 500 assists and 400 steals in a career. Johnson needed four more steals to reach the mark and got them against the Bengals.

The Hurricanes (26-5) held Idaho State to a season-low 16 points in the first half and to 25 percent shooting in the game.

Johnson, also an all-ACC pick, said it was part of the plan to jump on the Bengals (24-8) early.

"We wanted to dictate everything that would happen out there," Johnson said. "We wanted to show who Miami is, and we were on our toes tonight."

Miami faces host Gonzaga, the No. 11 seed in the Kingston Region, on Monday, with the winner advancing to the round of 16. Ashleigh Vella led No. 14 seed Idaho State with 12 points.

GONZAGA 86, RUTGERS 73: Also in Spokane, the Bulldogs pulled off the biggest upset of the day in terms of seeding. Kayla Standish scored 23 and Haiden Palmer added 21 for Gonzaga (27-5), which set up a second-round meeting against Miami. Erica Wheeler scored 28 for No. 6 seed Rutgers (22-10), which shot 29 percent in the first half and never caught up after trailing 20-4.

UCONN 83, PRAIRIE VIEW 47: Freshman Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis scored 21, matching Connecticut's record for points in an NCAA Tournament debut, as the top seed Huskies (30-4) cruised in Bridgeport, Conn. Mosqueda-Lewis tied Jamelle Elliott's mark set in 1993; Elliott is now Cincinnati's coach. Latia Williams scored 20 to lead Prairie View (17-16).

KANSAS ST. 67, PRINCETON 64: Senior forward Branshea Brown had a career-high 22 points and added seven rebounds for the No. 8 seed Wildcats in Bridgeport. Jalana Childs added 15 points for Kansas State (20-13), which next faces top seed Connecticut. Niveen Rasheed had 20 points for Princeton (24-5), which lost for the first time in 18 games.

KENTUCKY 68, MCNEESE STATE 62: Keyla Snowden had 11 points and Azia Bishop scored 10 for No. 2 seed Kentucky, which struggled to get past No. 15 McNeese State in Ames, Iowa. The Wildcats (26-6), who won the SEC regular-season championship, turned it over 20 times against McNeese (26-8), which was led by Caitlyn Baggett (22 points) and Martika Hull (20 points and 13 rebounds).

GREEN BAY 71, IOWA STATE 57: Lydia Bauer and Sarah Eichler each scored 16 and seventh seed Green Bay (31-1) beat the host Cyclones in Ames. The Phoenix, which thought it should have been seeded much higher than seventh then had to face Iowa State on its court, set up a meeting with Kentucky. Hallie Christofferson led five players in double figures with 12 points for Iowa State (18-13).

Des Moines Region

TENNESSEE 72, UT MARTIN 49: Meighan Simmons scored 20 as the No. 2 seed Volunteers (25-8) gave coach Pat Summitt a victory over her alma mater in Chicago. Tennessee dominated on the boards 52-39 and shut down the nation's top scoring team, holding the Skyhawks (23-9) to just under 29 percent shooting.

DEPAUL 59, BYU 55: Anna Martin led a balanced attack with 17 points as No. 7 seed and host DePaul (23-10) earned a rematch with Tennessee. The Vols routed DePaul 84-61 on Dec. 11 in New York. BYU (26-7) fought back from a late eight-point deficit and had a chance to tie with 2.8 seconds to play. But Haley Steed's 3-point try missed, DePaul rebounded and Steed fouled Brittany Hrynko, who added a free throw.

Fresno Region

STANFORD 73, HAMPTON 51: Senior star Nnemkadi Ogwumike scored 22 of her 28 in the first half as top seed Stanford (32-1) extended its school-record winning streak to 29 in Norfolk. Alyssa Bennett scored 19 to lead Hampton (26-5), which was playing about 11 miles from its campus.

PURDUE 83, S. DAKOTA ST. 68: Courtney Moses set a women's NCAA Tournament record with nine 3-pointers and tied her career high with 29 points to lead the No. 4 seed and host Boilermakers (25-8). Jill Young had 19 points and Jennie Sunnarborg scored 17 for South Dakota State (24-9). Utah's Julie Krommenhoek (1998 vs. Louisville) and Boise State's Nadia Begay (2007 vs. George Washington) hit eight 3-pointers in an NCAA Tournament game.

South Carolina 80, E. Michigan 48: The No. 5 seed Gamecocks (24-9), the nation's fourth-best defensive team, shot 53.3 percent and produced its highest point total of the season in West Lafayette, Ind. Tavelyn James, the nation's second-leading scorer, was held to 11 points, 13 below her average, for the Eagles (23-9), who had their lowest point total of the season.

WEST VIRGINIA 68, TEXAS 55: Sophomore Taylor Palmer had 13 of her 18 points in the second half, including a huge 3-pointer with 3:39 to play, as No. 8 seed West Virginia (24-9) hung on after squandering most of a 15-point lead in Norfolk, Va. Her fourth 3-pointer ended a 5-minute span without a basket which allowed the Longhorns (18-14) to get within 54-51.

Raleigh Region

TEXAS A&M 69, ALBANY 47: Tyra White, who missed the previous three games with a foot injury, had 18 points and seven rebounds to lead the defending champion and host Aggies (23-10) in College Station. Ebone Henry had 14 points and nine rebounds for Albany but Texas A&M, the third seed, denied the Great Danes (23-10) a win in their tournament debut.

ARKANSAS 72, DAYTON 55: Quistelle Williams had 15 points and Keira Peak and Lyndsay Harris scored 14 apiece as the No. 6 seed Razorbacks (24-8) rallied from an early double-digit deficit in College Station. Andrea Hoover scored 16 and Justine Raterman added 14 for the Flyers (23-7), who withered under the Razorbacks' full-court pressure and missed their final 15 shots.

MARYLAND 59, NAVY 44: Alyssa Thomas, the ACC player of the year, had 17 points and 10 rebounds for the No. 2 seed and host Terrapins (29-4) in College Park. Her 12 points in the second half helped Maryland to expand on a 31-23 halftime lead against Navy (18-14), which was led by Jade Geif's 14 points.

LOUISVILLE 67, MICHIGAN ST. 55: Becky Burke scored 14 to lead the Cardinals (23-9), who forced 14 turnovers and pulled away with a 16-2 run late in the first half against the Spartans (20-12). Jeff Walz, a former Maryland assistant and the coach of No. 7 seed Louisville, earned a matchup against his former boss, Terrapins coach Brenda Frese, on Monday.

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