Tennessee Wins on Road to Begin NCAA Title Defense

(AP) — Tennessee coach Pat Summitt knows her Lady Vols will have to do a far better job of protecting the ball to successfully defend their NCAA title.
“When we finished we played great basketball, and when we didn’t we looked very sloppy at times,” Summitt said after Tennessee committed 29 turnovers in a 91-54 victory over Grambling on Saturday night.

“Overall you have to take this game and say, `Look at the score, look at the outcome. Now let’s think about Oregon and get ready to play.’ That’s what this tournament’s all about, you win one and move on.”

Tennessee, 29-0 in tournament play in Knoxville, will face Oregon on Monday night in the second round of the East Regional. The Ducks beat San Diego State 80-68.

Chamique Holdsclaw led the Lady Vols (24-10) with 16 points, while Fredrica Wills topped the Lady Tigers (24-6) with 17.

In other Midwest Regional play at Storrs, Conn., top-ranked Connecticut routed Lehigh 103-35, and Iowa beat North Carolina State 56-50. In second-round games Sunday, its Stephen F. Austin-Colorado at Boulder, Colo., and Duke-Illinois at Champaign, Ill.

In the East Regional at Washington, D.C., Tulane beat UC Santa Barbara 72-69, and George Washington routed Northwestern 61-46. At Austin, Texas, Notre Dame beat Memphis 93-62, and Texas topped Southwest Texas State 66-38. On Sunday, its Michigan State-North Carolina at Chapel Hill, N.C., and St. Joseph’s-Alabama at Tuscaloosa, Ala.

In the Mideast Regional at Baton Rogue, La., Marquette beat Clemson 70-66, and LSU held off Maine 88-79. At Gainesville, Fla., Southern California beat San Francisco 68-55, and Florida routed Florida International 92-68. On Sunday, its Purdue-Old Dominion at Norfolk, Va., and Auburn-Louisiana Tech at Ruston, La.

In the West Regional at Stanford, Calif., Stanford routed Howard 111-59, Texas Tech edged Montana 47-45. At Lawrence, Kan., Vanderbilt beat Washington 74-62, and Kansas topped Detroit 81-67. On Sunday, its Arizona-Georgia at Athens, Ga., and Utah-Virginia at Charlottesville, Va.


Connecticut 103, Lehigh 35

Carla Berube and Paige Sauer each scored 17 points as Connecticut (31-0) rolled to what might be a costly victory over Lehigh (15-15). Shea Ralph, the Big East newcomer of the year, went down with a knee injury midway through the first half. Team doctors said initial X-rays revealed a sprain.

Iowa 56, N. Carolina St. 50

Tangela Smith scored 17 points and Tiffany Gooden added 13 points for Iowa (18-11). Chasity Melvin led North Carolina State with 17 points.

Oregon 80, San Diego State 68

Arianne Boyer scored 19 points and Natalie Hughes added 17 as Oregon (22-6) won its first-round game for the first time in three years. Jodi Nowlin-Tres led San Diego State (23-7) with 24 points.


George Washington 61, Northwestern 46

Noelia Gomez had 22 points and nine rebounds and Tajama Abraham added 19 points and eight blocks for George Washington (26-5). Kristina Divjak led Northwestern (17-11) with 12 points.

Tulane 72, UC Santa Barbara 69

Mary Lowry scored 20 points and Tulane (27-4) shot 73 percent in the second half for its first-ever NCAA tournament victory. Erin Alexander led UC Santa Barbara (24-6) with 26 points, all in the final 15 minutes.

Notre Dame 93, Memphis 62

Katryna Gaither had 24 points and 12 rebounds and Beth Morgan added 15 points for Notre Dame (28-6). Tamika Whitmore led Memphis (22-7) with 20 points and 10 rebounds.

Texas 66, Southwest Texas State 38

Angela Jackson had 14 points and 11 rebounds and Danielle Viglione added 14 points for Texas (22-7). Lisa Ceasar led Southwest Texas State (17-12) with 15 points.


LSU 88, Maine 79

Pietra Gay scored 22 points, including seven of LSU’s final 11 points, as the Tigers (24-4) advanced to the second round for the first time since 1989. Cindy Blodgett (22-8) led Maine with 34 points and 10 rebounds.

Marquette 70, Clemson 66

Clare Barnard scored 23 points as Marquette (21-9) rallied to beat Clemson (19-10) for its first NCAA tournament victory. Itoro Umoh led Clemson with 15 points.

Florida 92, Fla. International 68

Dana Smith scored 21 points and Talatha Bingham and Tiffany Travis added 18 points for Florida (22-8). Gergana Branzova led Florida International (21-9) with 18 points.

Southern Cal 68, San Francisco 55

Tina Thompson scored 26 points for Southern Cal (20-8), which had a 45-33 rebounding edge. Brittany Lindhe led San Francisco (25-6) with 15 points.


Stanford 111, Howard 59

Vanessa Nygaard scored 18 points as Stanford (31-1) routed Howard (24-6) for the Cardinal’s 22nd straight victory and 47th in a row at Maples Pavilion. All-America forward Kate Starbird sprained her left ankle midway through the second half, but is expected to return Monday night against Texas Tech. She finished with 13 points.

Texas Tech 47, Montana 45

Alicia Thompson scored 20 points as Texas Tech (20-8) survived Montana’s closing 11-0 run that ended when Skyla Sisco’s running scoop shot from the foul line bounced off the rim as time expired. Greta Koss led Montana (25-4) with 19 points.

Kansas 81, Detroit 67

Tamecka Dixon scored 21 points and freshman Lynn Pride added 15 points and eight rebounds as Kansas (25-3) improved to 15-0 at Allen Field House this season. Jeanie Hill led Detroit (23-7) with 24 points.

Vanderbilt 74, Washington 62

Michelle Palmisano scored 25 points to lead Vanderbilt (17-11) past Washington (19-10). Jamie Redd led the Huskies with 21 points.

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