California coach Lindsey Gottlieb wondered when Fresno State would start to miss its three-pointers. After the Bulldogs hit eight threes...
LUBBOCK, Texas — California coach Lindsey Gottlieb wondered when Fresno State would start to miss its three-pointers.
After the Bulldogs hit eight threes in the first half Saturday, their accuracy dropped off and they made just four in the second half.
Brittany Boyd scored 21 points and added a career-high 13 rebounds to lead second-seeded California over Fresno State 90-76 on Saturday in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
No one was happier about Fresno State cooling off than Gottlieb.
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“When they finally missed a three-pointer, I just turned and high-fived someone on the side,” she said. “We started switching on every ball screen. We had our bigs guarding Ki-Ki (Moore) and (Taylor) Thompson. I told them this is not what we usually do, but let’s make it work.”
Layshia Clarendon added 19 points and Gennifer Brandon had 17 points and 12 rebounds for California (29-3).
The Golden Bears fell behind early against the 15th-seeded Bulldogs, but found their footing midway through the first half to advance to play South Florida.
Ki-Ki Moore scored a career-high 33 points on 12-of-28 shooting and Rosie Moult added 15 to lead Fresno State (24-9).
The Bulldogs kept it close with their three-point shooting, making 12 of 29 from beyond the arc. Moult hit 4 of 11 and Taylor Thompson hit 3 of 6 from three-point range.
California outrebounded the Bulldogs 51-28. The Golden Bears scored 56 points in the paint and held the Bulldogs to 26.
Fresno State is still looking for its first NCAA tournament win, having failed to get a victory for the past six years.
South Florida 71,
Texas Tech 70
In Lubbock, Inga Orekhova scored 20 points, including five three-pointers, to lead No. 10 seed South Florida past seventh-seeded Texas Tech.
Christine Hyde hit back-to-back baskets to tie it at 59 and Orekhova hit her final three to tie it at 66 with 1:09 left.
Smith hit two free throws, Tiffany Conner added one and Alisia Jenkins hit two with four seconds left to make it 71-67 and seal the win.
ESPN’s TV feed cut out for the final few minutes with the score tied, leaving the audience unable to see the conclusion. Announcer Cara Capuano called the final 30 seconds over the phone.
Georgia 70, Montana 50
In Spokane, Jasmine Hassell scored 16 points, Shacobia Barbee added 13, and fourth-seeded Georgia used a big run midway through the second half to pull away from No. 13-seed Montana.
Jasmine James added 11 points for the Bulldogs (26-6), who will face No. 5 seed Iowa State on Monday night.