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Huskies demolish Panthers, 87-44

  • Connecticut's Breanna Stewart, front right, Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, left, and Prairie View A&M's Larissa Scott, back center, vie for a loose ball during the first half of a first-round game of the NCAA women's college basketball tournament, Sunday, March 23, 2014, in Storrs, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

    Connecticut's Breanna Stewart, front right, Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, left, and Prairie View A&M's Larissa Scott, back center, vie for a loose ball during the first half of a first-round game of the NCAA women's college basketball tournament, Sunday, March 23, 2014, in Storrs, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

  • Connecticut's Bria Hartley, right, shoots as Prairie View A&M's Asha Hampton-Finch, left, defends during the first half of a first-round game of the NCAA women's college basketball tournament, Sunday, March 23, 2014, in Storrs, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

    Connecticut's Bria Hartley, right, shoots as Prairie View A&M's Asha Hampton-Finch, left, defends during the first half of a first-round game of the NCAA women's college basketball tournament, Sunday, March 23, 2014, in Storrs, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

  • Connecticut's Bria Hartley, right, shoots as Prairie View A&M's Asha Hampton-Finch, left, defends during the first half of a first-round game of the NCAA women's college basketball tournament, Sunday, March 23, 2014, in Storrs, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

    Connecticut's Bria Hartley, right, shoots as Prairie View A&M's Asha Hampton-Finch, left, defends during the first half of a first-round game of the NCAA women's college basketball tournament, Sunday, March 23, 2014, in Storrs, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

  • Prairie View A&M's Shamiya Brooks react to a called foul during the first half of a first-round game against Connecticut of the NCAA women's college basketball tournament, Sunday, March 23, 2014, in Storrs, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

    Prairie View A&M's Shamiya Brooks react to a called foul during the first half of a first-round game against Connecticut of the NCAA women's college basketball tournament, Sunday, March 23, 2014, in Storrs, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

  • Prairie View A&M's Shamiya Brooks react to a called foul during the first half of a first-round game against Connecticut of the NCAA women's college basketball tournament, Sunday, March 23, 2014, in Storrs, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

    Prairie View A&M's Shamiya Brooks react to a called foul during the first half of a first-round game against Connecticut of the NCAA women's college basketball tournament, Sunday, March 23, 2014, in Storrs, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

  • Prairie View A&M's Shamiya Brooks, right, fouls Connecticut's Stefanie Dolson, left, during the first half of a first-round game of the NCAA women's college basketball tournament, Sunday, March 23, 2014, in Storrs, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

    Prairie View A&M's Shamiya Brooks, right, fouls Connecticut's Stefanie Dolson, left, during the first half of a first-round game of the NCAA women's college basketball tournament, Sunday, March 23, 2014, in Storrs, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

  • Prairie View A&M's Shamiya Brooks, right, fouls Connecticut's Stefanie Dolson, left, during the first half of a first-round game of the NCAA women's college basketball tournament, Sunday, March 23, 2014, in Storrs, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

    Prairie View A&M's Shamiya Brooks, right, fouls Connecticut's Stefanie Dolson, left, during the first half of a first-round game of the NCAA women's college basketball tournament, Sunday, March 23, 2014, in Storrs, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

  • Connecticut's Breanna Stewart, front right, Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, left, and Prairie View A&M's Larissa Scott, back center, vie for a loose ball during the first half of a first-round game of the NCAA women's college basketball tournament, Sunday, March 23, 2014, in Storrs, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

    Connecticut's Breanna Stewart, front right, Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, left, and Prairie View A&M's Larissa Scott, back center, vie for a loose ball during the first half of a first-round game of the NCAA women's college basketball tournament, Sunday, March 23, 2014, in Storrs, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

  • Connecticut's Breanna Stewart, front right, Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, left, and Prairie View A&M's Larissa Scott, back center, vie for a loose ball during the first half of a first-round game of the NCAA women's college basketball tournament, Sunday, March 23, 2014, in Storrs, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
  • Connecticut's Bria Hartley, right, shoots as Prairie View A&M's Asha Hampton-Finch, left, defends during the first half of a first-round game of the NCAA women's college basketball tournament, Sunday, March 23, 2014, in Storrs, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
  • Connecticut's Bria Hartley, right, shoots as Prairie View A&M's Asha Hampton-Finch, left, defends during the first half of a first-round game of the NCAA women's college basketball tournament, Sunday, March 23, 2014, in Storrs, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
  • Prairie View A&M's Shamiya Brooks react to a called foul during the first half of a first-round game against Connecticut of the NCAA women's college basketball tournament, Sunday, March 23, 2014, in Storrs, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
  • Prairie View A&M's Shamiya Brooks react to a called foul during the first half of a first-round game against Connecticut of the NCAA women's college basketball tournament, Sunday, March 23, 2014, in Storrs, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
  • Prairie View A&M's Shamiya Brooks, right, fouls Connecticut's Stefanie Dolson, left, during the first half of a first-round game of the NCAA women's college basketball tournament, Sunday, March 23, 2014, in Storrs, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
  • Prairie View A&M's Shamiya Brooks, right, fouls Connecticut's Stefanie Dolson, left, during the first half of a first-round game of the NCAA women's college basketball tournament, Sunday, March 23, 2014, in Storrs, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
  • Connecticut's Breanna Stewart, front right, Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, left, and Prairie View A&M's Larissa Scott, back center, vie for a loose ball during the first half of a first-round game of the NCAA women's college basketball tournament, Sunday, March 23, 2014, in Storrs, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

Breanna Stewart led a balanced offense with 19 points and 10 rebounds as defending champion UConn routed Prairie View A&M 87-44 in the first round of the NCAA tournament on Sunday in friendly Storrs, Conn.

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.

SAINT JOSEPH’S 67, GEORGIA 57

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 in Storrs, Conn.

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.

JAMES MADISON 72, GONZAGA 63

Kirby Burkholder had 28 points and 18 rebounds to lead No. 11 seed James Madison to a win over No. 6 seed Gonzaga in College Station, Texas.

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 3½ minutes left. Burkholder had six points and two steals in that stretch.

TEXAS A&M 70, N. DAKOTA 55

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 in College Station, Texasand 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.

S. CAROLINA 73, CAL NORTHBRIDGE 58

Tiffany Mitchell scored 24 points, Alaina Coates added 13, and top-seeded South Carolina took a while to pull away from No. 16 seed Cal State Northridge in a 73-58 win on Sunday in the first round of the NCAA tournament in Seattle.

South Carolina (28-4) were the new kids when it came to being a top seed in the NCAAs, garnering the achievement after never being higher than a No. 3 seed in the past. And while the Gamecocks didn’t play poorly against the champions of the Big West Conference, it took far longer than expected to finally dispatch the pesky Matadors.

OREGON ST. 55, MID. TENN. ST. 36

Sydney Wiese made six 3-pointers and scored a career-high 26 points, and ninth-seeded Oregon State ousted eighth-seeded Middle Tennessee State in Seattle.

Wiese put on a shooting display midway through the second half, hitting five 3s in a six-minute span when the Beavers (24-10) blew the game open. Wiese made 7 of 15 shots, had five rebounds and four assists.

N. CAROLINA 60, UT MARTIN 68

Xylina McDaniel scored the go-ahead basket off an offensive rebound with 56 seconds remaining to help fourth-seeded North Carolina overcome an 18-point second half deficit and defeat UT Martin in Chapel Hill, N.C.

McDaniel scored 14 points, even converting a shot from sitting on the floor under the basket.

MICHIGAN ST. 91, HAMPTON 61

Freshman Aerial Powers had 26 points and 18 rebounds, Annalise Pickrel added 21 points and fifth-seeded Michigan State defeated No. 12 Hampton inn Chapel Hill, N.C.

Branndais Agee had 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Spartans, who shot 58 percent from the field in the first half to open a 32-point lead at the break en route to an easy win.

PENN ST. 62, WICHITA ST. 56

Maggie Lucas scored 22 points, rallying Penn State from an early scare in a 62-56 win over Wichita State in the first round of the NCAA tournament in State College, Pa.

Lucas led the Lady Lions (23-7) back from an 11-point hole and becoming an unwanted piece of tournament history: A No. 3 seed has never lost a game to a 14.

FLORIDA 83, DAYTON 69

Cassie Peoples scored 21 points and all five Florida starters scored in double figures, leading the Gators past Dayton in the opening round of the NCAA tournament in State College, Pa.

The 11th-seeded Gators (20-12) will play Penn State on Tuesday night in the Stanford Regional.

LOUISVILLE REGIONAL

LOUISVILLE 88, IDAHO 42

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

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

IOWA 87, MARIST 65

Theairra Taylor scored 22 points, Bethany Doolittle added 21 and Iowa blew out Marist in Iowa City, Iowa.

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.

MARYLAND 90, ARMY 52

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 in College Park, Md.

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

TEXAS 79, PENN 61

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 in College Park, Md., 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.

LSU 98, GEORGIA TECH 78

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

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.

W. VIRGINIA 76, ALBANY (NY) 61

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 in Baton Rouge, La.

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-foot-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, and 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.

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