Brittney Griner had 33 points, 10 rebounds, six blocks and another dunk, and defending champion Baylor opened the NCAA tournament with an...
WACO, Texas — Brittney Griner had 33 points, 10 rebounds, six blocks and another dunk, and defending champion Baylor opened the NCAA tournament with an 82-40 victory against Prairie View A&M on Sunday night.
Griner’s record 15th dunk was the first of several plays that drew big roars from the crowd with the game well in hand in the second half. The Bears (33-1), the overall No. 1 seed, won their 31st straight game since an early-season loss to Stanford, another top seed.
“It was amazing. It was amazing,” said Prairie View guard Jeanette Jackson. “We got star struck.”
Odyssey Sims had 12 points and 10 assists, and Destiny Williams had nine points and 10 rebounds off the bench.
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Gabrielle Scott led Prairie View with 14 points off the bench. The Panthers (17-15) lost as a No. 16 seed for the third year in a row. Two of them were against Baylor in Waco, and the other was to Connecticut.
Griner’s latest dunk — she had two in the NCAA tournament last year — came right after Prairie View had scored to make it 49-26. Sims found Griner alone under the basket and threw a pass three-quarters the length of the floor. Griner caught it, turned under the basket and dunked with one hand on the other side of the rim.
“It was a little energizer,” Griner said. “We definitely started playing with more energy after that.”
BRIDGEPORT (CONN.) REGIONAL
Kentucky 61, Navy 41
DeNesha Stallworth scored 18 points and Jennifer O’Neill added nine of her 12 points in the second half to lead No. 2 seed Kentucky (28-5) over No. 15 seed Navy (21-12).
North Carolina 59, Albany 54
In Newark, Del., Tierra Ruffin-Pratt scored a career-high 30 points, and third-seeded North Carolina (29-6) squeezed past No. 14 seed Albany to stagger into the second round of the NCAA tournament.
Delaware 66, West Virginia 53
Elena Delle Donne scored 33 points and led a second-half surge that carried host and sixth-seeded Delaware (31-3) past No. 11 seed West Virginia (17-14).
Playing on their home floor before a sellout crowd, the Blue Hens trailed 33-26 at halftime before bouncing back to extend their school-record winning streak to 26 games.
St. John’s 90 (2 OT)
In Bridgeport, Conn., Andrea Hoover scored a career-high 24 points and No. 7 seed Dayton (28-2) outlasted No. 10 seed St. John’s (18-13).
It was the first double overtime game in the tournament since 2000 when Vanderbilt beat Kansas.
Brittany Wilson hit a three-pointer and Kelley Austria had a three-point play to make it 90-86 with 2:11 left in the second extra period. After St. John’s failed to score, Olivia Applewhite added a basket with 47 seconds left to seal the victory.
Nadirah McKenith led St. John’s with 22 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds before fouling out.
NORFOLK (Va.) REGIONAL
Notre Dame 97, Tennessee-Martin 64
In Iowa City, Iowa, Jewell Loyd scored 27 points and top-seeded Notre Dame blew past No. 16 seed Tennessee-Martin.
Kayla McBride had 22 points and 10 rebounds for the Fighting Irish (32-1), who have won 27 straight heading into Tuesday’s second-round matchup with Iowa.
Iowa 69, Miami 53
Samantha Logic had 23 points with 11 rebounds and host Iowa (21-12) beat eighth-seeded Miami (21-11), snapping a two-game losing streak in the NCAA tournament.
Duke 67, Hampton 51
In Durham, N.C. — Tricia Liston scored 13 of her 20 points in the second half and second-seeded Duke (31-2) pulled away to beat Hampton (28-6), the No. 15 seed.
Oklahoma State 73,
In Durham, N.C., Toni Young scored 20 of her 25 points in the first half to help seventh-seeded Oklahoma State (22-10) beat No. 10 seed DePaul (21-12).
OKLAHOMA CITY REGIONAL
Purdue 77, Liberty 43
In Louisville, Ky., Courtney Moses scored 21 points, hitting 5 of 8 from three-point range, and fourth-seeded Purdue routed No. 13 seed Liberty (27-7).
The Boilermakers (25-8) improved to 19-1 in the first round with their 16th straight victory to open the tournament.
Middle Tennessee 49
Shoni Schimmel scored 20 points, and fifth-seeded Louisville (25-8) beat No. 12 seed Middle Tennessee (25-8) for its fifth straight opening NCAA tournament win under coach Jeff Walz.
Florida State 60,
In Waco, Texas, Leonor Rodriguez and Morgan Toles each scored 12 points and Florida State (23-9) beat Princeton (22-7). The Seminoles won their 10th straight first-round game and denied the Tigers their first NCAA tournament victory.