'Noles fight off Princeton rally

WACO, Texas — Cheetah Delgado doesn't look to shoot often. The Florida State guard didn't hesitate for a moment when Princeton was trying to rally for its first NCAA Tournament win.

Just 18 seconds after the Tigers pulled within a point at the end of a 10-0 run, Delgado hit a jumper to send the Seminoles on their way to a 60-44 victory on Sunday.

Leonor Rodriguez and Morgan Toles scored 12 each to lead eighth-seeded FSU (23-9), which hasn't lost in 10 first-round games since 1990 and will play Baylor in the second round Tuesday.

But the catalyst was the 5-foot-2 Delgado, who made just her sixth 3-pointer of the season to give the Seminoles a 13-point lead late in the first half and ended up with 11 points — seven above her average — in her third double-digit game of the season.

"I asked the kids back there what their favorite part of the game was," FSU coach Sue Semrau said. "Cheetah said, 'When they cut it to one.' Then she came back to hit the bucket that put us up three. I'm excited that she thrives on that."

Princeton standout Niveen Rasheed's NCAA shooting woes continued. Just a 36 percent shooter in her first two tournament games, Rasheed scored nine on 3-of-15 shooting. She missed her first three free throws while FSU was building a 12-point halftime lead and was just 3-of-7 from the line.

"They did a great job," Rasheed said. "But we didn't make our shots and took ourselves out of the game. It's kind of unfortunate."

The ninth-seeded Tigers (22-7) shot 25 percent from the field for the game.

BAYLOR 82, PRAIRIE VIEW 40: Brittney Griner had 33 points, 10 rebounds, six blocks and another dunk, and the defending champion Bears (33-1), the overall No. 1 seed, won their 31st straight game with an easy win over the Panthers (17-15) on their home court in Waco.

PURDUE 77, LIBERTY 43: Courtney Moses scored 21 and hit 5 of 8 3-pointers as the fourth-seeded Boilermakers (25-8) routed the Flames (27-7) in Louisville, Ky.

LOUISVILLE 74, MID. TENN. 49: Shoni Schimmel scored 20 on her home floor for the fifth-seeded Cardinals (25-8), who earned their fifth straight opening NCAA win under coach Jeff Walz. The Blue Raiders (25-8) had won seven in a row.

Spokane Region

STANFORD 72, TULSA 56: Chiney Ogwumike had 29 points, eight rebounds and three assists, and the top-seeded Cardinal (32-2) pulled away in the second half on its home court to survive a hard-fought effort by the Golden Hurricane (17-17).

MICHIGAN 60, VILLANOVA 52: Kate Thompson hit a key 3-pointer down the stretch and another late jumper to finish with 17 points, and the No. 8 seed Wolverines (22-10) overcame a cold-shooting first half to overcome the Wildcats (21-11) in Stanford.

PENN ST. 85, CAL POLY 55: Maggie Lucas scored 19, Alex Bentley added 18 and the third-seeded Lions (26-5) overwhelmed the NCAA Tournament newcomer Mustangs (21-11) in Baton Rouge, La.

LSU 75, GREEN BAY 71: Danielle Ballard had 16 points and hit a key free throw with four seconds left for the sixth-seeded Tigers (21-11), who snapped a 24-game winning streak by the Phoenix (29-3) in Baton Rouge.

Norfolk Region

NOTRE DAME 97, UT-MARTIN 64: Jewell Loyd scored 27 and the top-seeded Fighting Irish (32-1) blew past the Skyhawks (19-15) in Iowa City, Iowa.

IOWA 69, MIAMI 53: Samantha Logic had 23 points and 11 rebounds for the host and ninth-seeded Hawkeyes (21-12), who snapped a two-game skid in the NCAA Tournament. The Hurricanes (21-11), who were up by seven early in the second half, made just 3 of 19 3-pointers and shot 30 percent overall.

DUKE 67, HAMPTON 51: Tricia Liston scored 13 of her 20 in the second half for the second-seeded Blue Devils (31-2), who pulled away from the Pirates (28-6) on their home floor in Durham, N.C.

OKLA. ST. 73, DEPAUL 56: Toni Young scored 20 of her 25 in the first half for the seventh-seeded Cowgirls (22-10) in Durham. Oklahoma State blew most of a 16-point lead to the Blue Demons (21-12) before taking back control with a 13-0 run.

Bridgeport Region

DELAWARE 66, W. VA. 53: Elena Delle Donne scored 33 and led a second-half surge that carried the sixth-seeded Blue Hens (31-3) past the Mountaineers (17-14) on their home floor in Newark, Del.

UNC 59, ALBANY (N.Y.) 54: Tierra Ruffin-Pratt scored a career-high 30 for the third-seeded Tar Heels (29-6), who squeezed past the Great Danes (27-4) in Newark.

KENTUCKY 61, NAVY 41: DaNesha Stallworth scored 18 and Jennifer O'Neill added nine of her 12 in the second half to rally the second-seeded Wildcats (28-5) past the Midshipmen (21-12) in New York.

DAYTON 96, ST. JOHN'S 90, 2OT: Andrea Hoover scored a career-high 24 to lead the seventh-seeded Flyers (28-2) past the Red Storm (18-13) in New York.

'Noles fight off Princeton rally 03/24/13 [Last modified: Sunday, March 24, 2013 11:08pm]

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