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ARIZONA 84, GONZAGA 61

SAN DIEGO — Aaron Gordon and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson scored 18 points each and Arizona looked every bit the No. 1 seed in the West while blowing out Gonzaga 84-61 on Sunday.

After four days of upsets and buzzer beaters, Arizona (32-4) closed out the NCAA tournament's first weekend with a display of domination.

The Wildcats harassed the eighth-seeded Bulldogs (29-7) into 21 turnovers — 15 on steals — that led to 26 points.

Arizona led by 21 in the first half and continued to work over Gonzaga to earn its third trip to the Sweet 16 in four years.

Up next for the Wildcats is a trip up the coast to Anaheim, where they'll meet San Diego State, a team they beat in this same arena early in the season.

Przemek Karnowski scored 14 points and Kevin Pangos added 12 for Gonzaga.

BAYLOR 85, CREGHTON 55

SAN ANTONIO — Too big. Too strong. Too fast.

Baylor was too much of just about everything for Creighton and Doug McDermott to handle.

And because of it, the sixth-seeded Bears are rolling out of Texas toward California and the NCAA tournament Sweet 16 after an impressive 85-55 win Sunday night in the West Regional.

Isaiah Austin and Brady Heslip each scored 17 points and Baylor used suffocating defense to shut down McDermott, ending the career of one of college basketball's most prolific scorers.

McDermott, who averaged 27 points this season, finished with 15 but had just three in the first half as Baylor built a 20-point lead. McDermott ranks fifth on the NCAA career scoring list with 3,150 points.

Baylor (26-11) had five players score in double figures and shot 64 percent in one of the dominant performances of the tournament.

The rest of the West bracket may want to pay attention to this one. A team that looked like a wreck six weeks ago with a 2-8 start in the Big 12 is brimming with confidence to match all that muscle in the lineup.

Baylor plays No. 2 seed Wisconsin on Thursday in Anaheim. In Baylor's two previous trips to the Sweet 16, it fell one game short of the Final Four.

McDermott carried the Bluejays back to the round of 32 for the third year in a row and had done it in spectacular style, leading the nation in scoring with a sublime shooting touch and uncanny knack to slither his way through defenders for layups and putback baskets.

McDermott spurned the chance to turn pro after last season and this was the year the Bluejays and their senior-laden lineup were expected to drive Creighton farther into the NCAA tournament than any Bluejays team before them.

But Baylor's defense gave him nothing: neither space to shoot nor even chances for his teammates to pass him the ball.

And for all the talk about Creighton's maturity and bonding, Baylor made the Bluejays look small and slow.

When McDermott left the game with 2:31 to play, he hugged his father, Creighton coach Greg McDermott, before retreating to the bench and burying his face in a towel.

WOMEN

LOUISVILLE REGIONAL

LOUISVILLE 88, IDAHO 42

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Sara Hammond led five players in double figures with 16 points and third-seeded Louisville rolled past Idaho.

Jude Schimmel had 14 points and Asia Taylor scored 13 for the Cardinals (31-4), who'll face host Iowa in the second round on Tuesday.

Louisville shook off a sluggish start with a 28-10 run late in the first half. The Cardinals then opened the second half with 23 points in eight minutes to push their lead to 63-30.

Ali Forde had 16 points for 14th-seeded Idaho (25-9), which was outrebounded 42-23.

IOWA 87, MARIST 65

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Theairra Taylor scored 22 points, Bethany Doolittle added 21 and Iowa blew out Marist.

Samantha Logic had 11 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds for the sixth-seeded Hawkeyes (27-8), who will face third-seeded Louisville on Tuesday for a trip to the Sweet Sixteen.

Iowa took control late in the first half and relied on strong shooting to advance to the second round for the second year in a row. The Hawkeyes shot 57 percent from the field and 12-of-25 from 3-point range.

Emma O'Connor, Sydney Coffey and Madeline Blais each had 12 to lead the 11th-seeded Red Foxes (27-7), who were outscored 49-35 in the second half.

MARYLAND 90, ARMY 52

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Alyssa Thomas had 13 points and 14 rebounds, Lexie Brown scored 21 and No. 4 seed Maryland closed the first half with 20 straight points to roll past Army.

The Terrapins (25-6) trailed 18-15 before taking control against the 13th-seeded Black Knights (25-8), champions of the Patriot League.

After Thomas capped a 9-0 spurt with two foul shots, Army got one free throw apiece from Kelsey Minato and Aimee Oertner, the last with 4:56 left in the half.

Those would be the Black Knights' final points before halftime. Army went 10 minutes without a basket until Minato connected early in the second half to end the Black Knights' 0-for-10 stretch.

TEXAS 79, PENN 61

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Imani McGee-Stafford had 20 points and 12 rebounds and fifth-seeded Texas rallied from a 15-point, first-half deficit to beat No. 12 seed Penn, the Longhorns' first NCAA win since 2008.

McGee-Stafford went 8-for-11 from the field and made all four of her free throws for the Longhorns (22-11), who shot 61 percent in the second half to end a skid of four consecutive first-round losses.

Alyssa Baron scored 25 points to lead the Quakers (23-6), who were trying to become only the second Ivy League team to win a game in the women's tournament. The conference dropped to 1-22 all-time, although the one win was historic: Harvard over Stanford in 1997, the only victory by a No. 16 seed over a No. 1 in men's or women's tournament history.

LSU 98, GEORGIA TECH 78

BATON ROUGE, La. — Danielle Ballard scored 24 points and LSU led wire-to-wire in a victory over Georgia Tech.

Theresa Plaisance added 21 points and DaShawn Harden 17 for the Lady Tigers (20-12), who picked an opportune time to reach their highest point total of the season and led by as much as 20 in the second half.

Seeded seventh in the Louisville region, the Lady Tigers had the benefit of opening on their home court, where they are now 17-3 all-time in the NCAA tournament.

LSU next plays Tuesday night, again at home, against second-seeded West Virginia.

Sydney Wallace and Tyaunna Marshall each scored 20 for 10th-seeded Georgia Tech (20-12) but 6-5 Nariah Taylor, who had 11 points, was limited by foul trouble as LSU outrebounded Tech 57-30.

WEST VIRGINIA 76, ALBANY (NY) 61

BATON ROUGE, La. — Christal Caldwell scored 26 points, Bria Holmes added 20 and West Virginia defeated Albany 76-61 in the opening round of the NCAA tournament on Sunday.

Averee Fields added 10 points for second-seeded West Virginia (30-4), which will try to win a second-round game for the first time in program history Tuesday night against No. 7 seed LSU.

Megan Craig led the 15th-seeded Great Danes (28-5) with 23 points. But the 6-9 center was hampered by two quick fouls that limiter her playing time in the first half.

When Craig went to the bench, the Mountaineers went on a 16-2 run to take a 33-11 lead; Albany never quite recovered.

Great Danes leading scorer and America East Player of the Year Shereesha Richards also got into foul trouble and was limited to only nine points before fouling out with four minutes remaining in the game.

LINCOLN REGIONAL

UCONN 87, PRAIRIE VIEW A&M 44

STORRS, Conn. — Breanna Stewart led a balanced offense with 19 points and 10 rebounds as defending champion UConn routed Prairie View A&M.

Stewart was among five Huskies (35-0) who scored in double figures on coach Geno Auriemma's 60th birthday, giving him his 92nd NCAA tournament win.

Moriah Jefferson had 14 points, four assists and five steals. Bria Hartley had 16 points.

LaReahn Washington scored 13 points to lead Prairie View. The Southwestern Athletic Conference tournament champions finish their season at 14-18.

The Huskies, who just completed their seventh undefeated regular season, are looking for a record ninth NCAA title. They will face Saint Joseph's in a second-round game Tuesday night. The Hawks beat Georgia 67-57 earlier Sunday.

SAINT JOSEPH'S 67, GEORGIA 57

STORRS, Conn. — Erin Shields had 18 points and seven rebounds to lead ninth-seeded Saint Joseph's to a win over eighth-seed Georgia in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

Ashley Robinson added 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Hawks, who won in the tournament for the first time in 14 years. Natasha Cloud added 13 points, seven rebounds and four assists.

Erika Ford had 16 points to lead Georgia, which finishes the season at 20-12. Merritt Hempe added 13 points and Krista Donald finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

The Hawks led most of the way but Georgia was able to erase a 10-point deficit and led midway through the second half.

The Bulldogs ran out of gas after that and Saint Joseph's took control in the final 10 minutes.

JAMES MADISON 72, GONZAGA 63

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Kirby Burkholder had 28 points and 18 rebounds to lead No. 11 seed James Madison to a win over No. 6 seed Gonzaga.

A 3-pointer by Shaniqua Nilles put Gonzaga up by four points before James Madison (29-5) used a 12-0 run to take a 59-51 lead with 3 ½ minutes left. Burkholder had six points and two steals in that stretch.

Gonzaga didn't score for almost five minutes as James Madison took the lead.

The Bulldogs cut the lead to six points with 1:39 left but Burkholder made a pair of free throws to extend the lead and James Madison held on for the win.

Gonzaga (29-5) was led by Sunny Greinacher, who had 17 points, and Haiden Palmer added 14.

TEXAS A&M 70, NORTH DAKOTA 55

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Courtney Walker had 19 points and eight rebounds and No. 3 seed Texas A&M used a big run to pull away from tournament newcomer and 14-seed North Dakota and cruise to the win.

The Aggies, who won the national title in 2011, were making their ninth straight appearance in the tournament and North Dakota was one of five women's teams in the tournament for the first time.

North Dakota didn't look like a tournament rookie early. The game was tied late in the first half before Texas A&M (25-8) went on a 14-0 run which spanned the first and second halves to go on top 40-26 with 16 ½ minutes remaining.

Madi Buck led North Dakota (22-10) with 22 points and nine rebounds.

 

 

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