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WVU women outlast Texas

| Sunday, March 18, 2012

Taylor Palmer scored 13 of her 18 points in the second half, and West Virginia held on after squandering most of a 15-point lead to beat Texas, 68-55, on Saturday in the first round of the NCAA Tournament In Norfolk, Va.

The Mountaineers led, 48-33, with 10 minutes to play, then saw the Longhorns close within 51-48 with 5.5 minutes to go. But after West Virginia went nearly five minutes without a basket, Palmer swished a 3-pointer from the right wing.

Ashley Gayle scored 11 points and Ashleigh Fontenette 10 to lead ninth-seeded Texas, which lost its fifth consecutive tournament game.

Asya Bussie added 12 points for West Virginia, which came into the tourney after a 28-point loss to North Dame in the Big East tournament semifinals.

Fresno Regional

• No. 1 Stanford 73, No. 16 Hampton 51-- In Norfolk, Va., Nnemkadi Ogwumike scored 22 of her 28 points in the first half, and Stanford pulled away before halftime to beat Hampton.

Joslyn Tinkle added 16 points as the Cardinal extended their school-record winning streak to 29.

Alyssa Bennett scored 19 points to lead Hampton.

• No. 4 Purdue 83, No. 13 South Dakota St. 68 -- In West Lafayette, Ind., Courtney Moses scored 29 points and set a first-round NCAA Tournament record by making nine 3-pointers, helping Purdue pull away from pesky South Dakota State.

• No. 5 South Carolina 80, No. 12 Eastern Michigan 48 -- In West Lafayette, Ind., Markeshia Grant scored 12 points, and Charenee Stephens added 11 to lead South Carolina past Eastern Michigan.

Tavelyn James, the nation's No. 2 scorer, had 11 points to finish her career with 2,461. But she was held 13 points below her average and didn't have enough help as the Mid-American Conference champion Eagles.

Kingston Regional

• No. 1 Connecticut 83, No. 16 Prairie View A&M 47 -- In Bridgeport, Conn., Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis scored 21 points to help Connecticut beat Prairie View A&M.

Mosqueda-Lewis matched the school record set by Jamelle Elliott in 1993 for points by a Huskies player in her first tournament game.

Bria Hartley added 18 points and Stefanie Dolson had all 15 of her points in the first half for the Huskies.

Latia Williams scored 20 points to lead Prairie View.

• No. 2 Kentucky 68, No. 15 McNeese State 62 -- In Ames, Iowa, Keyla Snowden scored 11 points, Azia Bishop added 10, and Kentucky squeaked by McNeese State.

SEC Player of the Year A'dia Mathies had just six points for the Wildcats, who struggled to put away the Cowgirls until late in the second half.

Caitlyn Baggett had 22 points, and Hull scored 20 with 13 rebounds for McNeese State.

• No. 3 Miami 70, No. 14 Idaho State 41 -- In Spokane, Wash., Shenise Johnson scored 20 points and added four assists as Miami beat overmatched Idaho State.

Ashleigh Vella led Idaho State with 12 points.

• No. 7 Green Bay 71, No. 10 Iowa State 57 -- In Ames, Iowa, Lydia Bauer and Sarah Eichler each scored 16 points, and Green Bay rolled over host Iowa State.

Adrian Ritchie added 15 for the Phoenix.

• No. 8 Kansas State 67, No. 9 Princeton 64 -- In Bridgeport, Conn., Branshea Brown scored a career-high 22 points and grabbed seven rebounds to lead Kansas State past Princeton.

Janala Childs added 15 points for the Wildcats.

Niveen Rasheed had 20 points, and Lauren Edwards and Devona Allgood each scored 15 for Princeton.

• No. 11 Gonzaga 86, No. 6 Rutgers 73 -- In Spokane, Wash., Kayla Standish scored 23 points to lift Gonzaga over Rutgers.

Gonzaga mostly handled Rutgers' press and used a 3-point barrage in the second half to hold off the Scarlet Knights. Haiden Palmer added 21 points for the Bulldogs.

Erica Wheeler had 28 points for Rutgers, and Khadijah Rushdan added 14.

Des Moines Regional

• No. 2 Tennessee72, No. 15 Tennessee-Martin 49 -- In Rosemont, Ill., Meighan Simmons scored 20 points, and Tennessee gave coach Pat Summitt a victory over the school where she played.

Glory Johnson added 14 points and 12 rebounds as Tennessee pulled away in the second half.

• No. 7 DePaul 69, No. 10 BYU 55 -- In Rosemont, Ill., Anna Martin led a balanced attack with 17 points as DePaul claimed a victory over the Cougars.

Raleigh Regional

• No. 2 Maryland 59, No. 15 Navy 44 -- In College Park, Md., Alyssa Thomas had 17 points and 10 rebounds to lead Maryland past in-state foe Navy.

Laurin Mincy scored 14 for Maryland, which pulled away after leading 31-23 at halftime.

• No. 3 Texas A&M 69, No. 14 Albany 47 -- In College Station, Texas, Tyra White scored 18 points in her return from injury and defending national champion Texas A&M used a big second half run to pull away from Albany.

• No. 7 Louisville 67, No. 10 Michigan State 55 -- In College Park, Md., Becky Burke scored 14 points and Shawnta' Dyer had 13 to help Louisville beat Michigan State.

The Cardinals rattled the Spartans with speed and defense, forcing 14 turnovers and pulling away with a 16-2 run late in the first half.

• No. 6 Arkansas 72, No. 11 Dayton 55 -- In College Station, Texas, Quistelle Williams scored 15 points, Keira Peak and Lyndsay Harris added 14 apiece, and Arkansas rallied from an early double-digit deficit to defeat Dayton.

C'eira Ricketts had 13 points and five assists for the Razorbacks, who finished the game with a 20-2 run after trailing by as many as 14 in the first half.

Andrea Hoover scored 16 and Justine Raterman added 14 for the Flyers.

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