Duquesne debuts in NCAA women's tournament with an upset of Seton Hall

It was an impressive beginning for Duquesne in the NCAA women's tournament Saturday.

The No. 9 seed in the Bridgeport Regional easily beat No. 8 seed Seton Hall.

Duquesne's reward? Top-ranked Connecticut, which is on a 70-game winning streak and seeking its fourth straight national title. A glance at Day 2 of the NCAA women's tournament:

Connecticut 101, Robert Morris 49: Freshman Katie Lou Samuelson scored 22 points to lift the Huskies (33-0) over the Colonials (20-13) at Storrs, Conn.

Duquesne 97, Seton Hall 76: The Dukes (28-5), in their NCAA debut, used a 15-0 third-quarter run to stretch a six-point halftime lead over the Pirates (23-9) at Storrs.

Missouri 78, Brigham Young 69: Freshman Sophie Cunningham scored 20 points, most of it in the third quarter, as the No. 10 Tigers (22-9) knocked off the Cougars (26-7) at Austin, Texas. Missouri next plays Texas.

Texas 86, Alabama State 42: Ariel Atkins scored 15 points and the No. 2 Longhorns (29-4) rolled by the Hornets (19-12) at Austin.

Dallas Regional

Florida State 72, Middle Tennessee State 55: The No. 5 Seminoles (24-7) overcame 21 turnovers to stop the Blue Raiders (24-9) at College Station, Texas. Florida State next plays Texas A&M.

Texas A&M 74, Missouri State 65: Freshman Anriel Howard set an NCAA tournament record with 27 rebounds, and the No. 4 Aggies (22-9) beat the Bears (24-10) at College Station.

Lexington Regional

Notre Dame 95, North Carolina A&T 61: Brianna Turner scored 16 points, Madison Cable added 14 points and seven rebounds and the No. 1 Fighting Irish (32-1) dominated inside to beat the Aggies (19-12) at South Bend. Notre Dame (32-1), which shot 59%, next plays Indiana.

Indiana 62, Georgia 58: Tyra Buss scored 17 of her 23 points in the second half to lead the No. 9 Hoosiers (21-11) to a win over the Bulldogs (21-10) at South Bend.

South Dakota State 74, Miami 71: Macy Miller and Gabby Boever combined for three free throws over the final 35.6 seconds to bail out their teammates' poor shooting late at the line and lift the No. 12 Jackrabbits (27-6) to an upset of the Hurricanes (24-9) at Palo Alto. South Dakota State next plays Stanford.

Stanford 85, San Francisco 58: Tara VanDerveer of the No. 4 Cardinal (25-7) beat her former star player Jennifer Azzi's Dons at Palo Alto. "There are a lot of different emotions about playing against a coach like Jennifer. It kind of reminded me of playing against my sister's team," VanDerveer said of her sister Heidi. "You go back so long with somebody, over 20 years, they're a player for you, playing on the Olympic team, then she's coaching. I'm just really proud of Jennifer and their team."

Oklahoma 61, Purdue 45: The No. 6 Sooners (22-10) blocked 13 shots to shut down the Boilermakers (20-12) at Lexington, Ky. The Sooners' double-digit block total was their highest since rejecting 10 against Baylor on Feb. 21, 2009. Oklahoma next plays Kentucky.

Kentucky 85, N.C. Asheville 31: The No. 3 Wildcats (24-7) shot 50% to rout the Bulldogs (26-7) at Lexington for Kentucky's biggest NCAA tournament victory margin in school history.

Maryland 74, Iona 58: The No. 2 Terrapins (31-3) let a 19-point lead dwindle to 60-53 before pulling away from the Gaels (23-12) at College Park, Md. Maryland next plays Washington.

Washington 65, Penn 53: Kelsey Plum had 24 points and seven assists to lift the No. 7 Huskies (23-10) over the Quakers (24-5) at College Park.


Copyright © 2016, Los Angeles Times