It was quite a debut for the Duquesne women's team in the NCAA Tournament Saturday. The No. 9 seed in the Bridgeport Regional thoroughly beat No. 8 seed Seton Hall. Their reward? Next up is UConn, which is on a 70-game winning streak and seeking its fourth straight national title.
A glance at Day 2:
NO. 1 UCONN 101, NO. 16 ROBERT MORRIS 49
STORRS, CONN. >> Freshman Katie Lou Samuelson scored 22 points as UConn began its quest for a fourth consecutive national title with a rout of Robert Morris.
Two-time national player of the year Breanna Stewart added 18 points for the Huskies (33-0), who are working toward the program's 11th NCAA championship.
Anna Niki Stamolamprou had 11 for Robert Morris (20-13) in the final game for coach Sal Buscaglia, who is retiring after a 38-year career.
The Huskies have won 70 consecutive games, which matches the second-longest winning streak in team and NCAA history.
They play Duquesne on Monday night.
NO. 9 DUQUESNE 97, NO. 8 SETON HALL 76
STORRS, CONN. >>Deva'Nyar Workman scored a career-high 25 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead Duquesne to a successful NCAA debut with a win over Seton Hall.
Workman led four players in double figures for the Dukes (28-5), who used a 15-0 third-quarter run to stretch a six-point halftime lead.
Kadri-Ann Lass scored 20 points, Amadea Szamosi added 16 and April Robinson scored 15 points, grabbed seven rebounds and had seven assists.
Tabatha Richardson-Smith scored 17 points, while Shakena Richardson and Aleesha Powell each added 13 for Seton Hall (23-9), which lost for the second consecutive year in a first-round game at Gampel Pavilion.
NO. 5 FLORIDA STATE 72, NO. 12 MIDDLE TENNESSEE STATE 55
COLLEGE STATION, TEXAS >> Junior guard Leticia Romero scored 17 points for Florida State to help lead the Seminoles past Middle Tennessee.
The Seminoles overcame 21 turnovers, 14 in the first half, to advance to the second round.
The Blue Raiders kept the game close until the Seminoles went on an 11-4 run late in the third quarter. In the final 10 minutes, FSU coach Sue Semrau's squad extended the lead to as many as 20 over Rick Insell and Middle Tennessee.
MTSU freshman forward Alex Johnson led all players in scoring with 22 points.
The Seminoles will face No. 4 seed Texas A&M Monday.
NO. 4 TEXAS A&M 74, NO. 13 MISSOURI STATE 65
COLLEGE STATION, TEXAS >> Freshman Anriel Howard set an NCAA Tournament record with 27 rebounds, Courtney Walker scored 29 points and Texas A&M overcame the suspension of starter Courtney Williams to beat Missouri State.
Before the game the fourth-seeded Aggies suspended Walker and Shlonte Allen indefinitely for a violation of team rules. They are eligible to practice with the team while suspended.
For the first half, the 13th-seeded Lady Bears hung tough with Texas A&M, but then Walker and the Aggies (22-9) took over.
Howard shattered the NCAA record for rebounds of 23 set by Cheryl Taylor in 1985 for Tennessee Tech against Georgia.
Tyonna Snow scored 22 points to lead Missouri State (24-10).
NO. 6 OKLAHOMA 61, NO. 11 PURDUE 45
LEXINGTON, KY. >> Peyton Little scored 20 points, Maddie Manning added 12 and Oklahoma blocked 13 shots to shut down 11th-seeded Purdue 61-45 for a first-round NCAA Tournament victory on Saturday.
The Sooners' double-digit block total was their highest since rejecting 10 against Baylor on Feb. 21, 2009, and they fell just two short of matching their 15 blocks against Texas on March 7, 2007. But shot-blocking was just one highlight of an Oklahoma defensive effort that also held Purdue to just 28 percent shooting.
The Sooners (22-10) were better from the field at 43 percent but improved to 4-0 all-time against the Boilermakers (20-12). Little set the offensive tone by making 7 of 12 from the field including four 3-pointers range, while Manning made 5 of 11 with a 3.
Oklahoma will face No. 3 Kentucky on Monday.
NO. 3 KENTUCKY 85, NO. 14 UNC ASHEVILLE 31
LEXINGTON, KY. >> Makayla Epps scored 24 points and Kentucky routed UNC Asheville for its biggest NCAA Tournament victory margin in school history.
The Wildcats (24-7) shot 50 percent from the field to easily win their ninth straight opening-round game. The past seven wins have come under coach Matthew Mitchell, whose team also allowed their fewest points in a tournament game and lowest shooting percentage (20.6).
Epps shot effectively all day in making 10 of 20 from the field for Kentucky. Taylor Murray and Evelyn Akhator each shot 5 of 7 to combine for 21 points, while Janee Thompson had 13 on 4-of-11 shooting.
The Wildcats, meanwhile, held UNC Asheville (26-7) to just 21 percent from the field and dominated the boards 50-31 in rolling to its third straight first-round win by 40-plus points.
NO. 2 MARYLAND 74, NO. 15 IONA 58
COLLEGE PARK, MD. >> Shatori Walker-Kimbrough scored 19 points, and second-seeded Maryland ruined Iona's debut in the NCAA Tournament with a sloppy 74-58 victory Saturday.
Seeking to ultimately make a third straight appearance in the Final Four, the Terrapins got off to a rocky start on their own court. Maryland (31-3) let a 19-point lead dwindle to 60-53 early in the fourth quarter before finally pulling away from the 15th-seeded Gaels (23-12).
The Terrapins committed 19 turnovers, 11 before halftime. But the two-time Big Ten champions finished with a 42-27 rebounding advantage and outscored Iona 15-6 at the foul line to extend its winning streak to 10. They will face No. 7 seed Washington Monday.
Philecia Gilmore made seven 3-pointers and finished with 21 points for Iona.
NO. 7 WASHINGTON 65, NO. 10 PENN 53
COLLEGE PARK, MD. >> Kelsey Plum and Washington finally got going on offense and prevented an Ivy League surprise in the women's NCAA Tournament, with the nation's third-leading scorer producing 24 points and seven assists in the Huskies' victory over Penn.
Like the rest of her team in the first-round game, Plum did not shoot all that well — 9 for 25, including 1 for 8 on 3s — but she took over when it mattered most, scoring or assisting on Washington's first 14 points of the fourth quarter, breaking open a tight game.
Talia Walton added 18 points for Washington (23-10).
Penn (24-5) led 25-24 at halftime in its bid to become only the third Ivy League school to win a game in the history of the women's tourney.
This story has been corrected to show name in Duquesne-Seton Hall item is Deva'Nyar.