NCAA Womenâ€™s Tournament Results
Saturday, March 17th 2007, 4:49 pm
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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) There's more to the Oklahoma Sooners than Courtney Paris.
Just enough, it turns out, for the 3rd-seeded Sooners to hold off No. 14 Southeast Missouri State 74-60 on Saturday in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
Freshman Jenna Plumley, all 5â€™4 of her, had 20 points behind six 3-pointers and Leah Rush scored 19 to lead Oklahoma (27-4).
Sonya Daugherty led Southeast Missouri State (24-8) with 25 points in the Dayton Regional's opening game. The Redhawks trailed 64-58 with 4-minutes to play before Plumley hit her fifth 3-pointer, then buried another 60 seconds later to make it 70-60. Plumley also had 7-assists.
Paris, one of the most dominating players in the country, struggled the entire game but still got her 59th consecutive double-double with a burst in the final five minutes to finish with 13 points and 11 rebounds.
Marquette 87, Louisiana-Lafayette 58
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) With a fast start in front of almost empty arena, Marquette was off and running past the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns.
Krystal Ellis and Christina Quaye each scored 17 points and 6th-seeded Marquette routed No. 11-seed Louisiana-Lafayette.
Marquette (26-6) bolted to a 30-7 1st half lead from which Louisiana-Lafayette (25-9) never recovered. Marquette was up 44-20 by halftime and led by as much as 32 in 2nd half.
Jeanenne Colbert scored 17 points to lead Louisiana-Lafayette, playing in its first NCAA tournament game.
Georgia 53, Belmont 36
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Georgia had too much experience, too much pedigree and too much defense for Belmont.
The tournament-tested Lady Bulldogs held the newcomers from Nashville to one field goal in the final 15:22 of an ugly first-round victory.
Ashley Houts had 10 points and 6 assists for Georgia (26-6), which held the Bruins to 20% shooting and forced 22 turnovers. Gritty Belmont (25-7) withstood an early shot from the Lady Bulldogs, turning the game into a sloppy turnover fest that kept it close in the 2nd half.
The two teams combined to miss 82 shots and turn the ball over 35 times.
Iowa State 79, Washington 60
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Nicky Wieben scored 11 of her 18 points in the 2nd half and Toccara Ross added 12 points to lead 6th-seeded Iowa State into the second round.
Iowa State (26-8) overcame a shoddy start by shutting down Huskies star Cameo Hicks early. Hicks finished with 19 points for Washington (18-13), but missed 7 of her first 9 shots.
Texas A&M 58, Texas Arlington 50
LOS ANGELES (AP) Texas A&M avoided another first-round upset to an intrastate opponent.
Danielle Gant scored 20 of her 24 points in the 2nd-half and grabbed 14 rebounds to help the 4th-seeded Aggies beat 13th seed Texas Arlington in a first-round game.
Last year the 6th-seeded Aggies lost to 11th-seeded TCU in the tournament's first round.
Florida State 85, Old Dominion 75
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) Florida State took care of one tradition-rich program and might have an even bigger task ahead in the next round.
Britany Miller scored 20 points and the Seminoles (23-9) shot 58% to beat Old Dominion in a physical first-round game.