Connecticut Routs Idaho to Advance in NCAA Women’s TournamentBob Bensch
The University of Connecticut routed the University of Idaho 105-37 to advance to the second round of the women’s college basketball national tournament.
Tennessee, playing without former coach Pat Summitt, also won its first game in the National Collegiate Athletic Association competition. California, Texas A&M and the University of California at Los Angeles were other winners yesterday in the 64-team field.
Baylor opens defense of its national title today, along with fellow top seeds Notre Dame and Stanford.
Baylor, No. 1 in the Oklahoma City region, plays Prairie View; Notre Dame, top seed in the Norfolk region, plays Tennessee-Martin; and Spokane region No. 1 Stanford meets Tulsa.
Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis scored 22 points to lead Connecticut on its home court in Storrs. The Huskies, the No. 1 seed in the Bridgeport region, next play No. 8 Vanderbilt, which beat Saint Joseph’s 60-54.
In the other Bridgeport region games, it was No. 4 Maryland 72, No. 13 Quinnipiac 52; and No. 5 Michigan State 55, No. 12 Maris 47.
Tennessee beat No. 15 Oral Roberts 83-62 on its home floor in Knoxville in an Oklahoma City region game. Summitt, who led the Lady Vols to a record eight national titles, stepped down in April 2012 and was succeeded by assistant Holly Warlick after disclosing she has early onset dementia.
Also in the Oklahoma City region, it was UCLA 66, No. 14 Stetson 49; No. 6 Oklahoma 78, No. 11 Central Michigan 73; and No. 10 Creighton 61, No. 7 Syracuse 56.
In first-round games in the Spokane region, it was California 90, No. 15 Fresno State 76; No. 4 Georgia 70, No. 13 Montana 50; No. 5 Iowa State 72, No. 12 Gonzaga 60; and No. 10 South Florida, 71, No. 7 Texas Tech, 70.
In the Norfolk region, it was No. 3 Texas A&M 71, No. 14 Wichita State 45; No. 4 South Carolina 74, No. 13 San Dakota State 52; No. 12 Kansas 67, No. 5 Colorado 52; and No. 6 Nebraska 73, No. 11 Chattanooga 59.
The national championship game is scheduled for April 9 in New Orleans.