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Two No. 11 seeds pull upsets in NCAA women's openers

No. 11 Gonzaga and No. 11 Miami start NCAA women's tournament with upsets

The NCAA women's tournament's opening day featured three upsets, two by 11th-seeded teams — Gonzaga and Miami — and one by ninth-seeded De Paul on Friday.

Gonzaga's 82-69 victory came over sixth-seeded George Washington at Corvallis, Ore.

The Colonials (29-4) outrebounded the Bulldogs 51-39 but shot only 29.3%.

Gonzaga (25-7) will next play Oregon State.

In other games feeding into the Spokane Regional:

Oregon State 74, South Dakota State 62: The Beavers (27-4) trailed by four early in the second half before taking command against the Jackrabbits (24-9) at Corvallis.

Duke 54, Albany 52: Rebecca Greenwell made a three-pointer with 14.9 seconds left that lifted the fourth-seeded Blue Devils (22-10), who overcame 27 turnovers against the 13th-seeded Great Danes (24-9) at Durham, N.C. Duke next plays Mississippi State on Sunday.

Mississippi State 57, Tulane 47: Breanna Richardson produced 15 points and 12 rebounds as the fifth-seeded Bulldogs (27-6) rallied past the Green Wave (22-11), which shot 28% and missed 11 consecutive shots after taking a 29-27 lead in the second half at Durham.

ALBANY REGIONAL

California 78, Wichita State 66: Reshanda Gray had 22 points and nine rebounds as the Bears (24-9) turned back a 9-0 run by the Shockers (29-5) to pull away at Berkeley. Cal next plays Texas on Sunday.

Texas 66, Western Kentucky 64: Brooke McCarty made two free throws for the fifth-seeded Longhorns (23-10) with 20.8 seconds left to help defeat the 12th-seeded Hilltoppers (30-5) at Berkeley.

Dayton 78, Iowa State 66: Ally Malott had 18 points and 12 rebounds to lead the seventh-seeded Flyers (26-6) past 10th-seed Cyclones (18-13), who got no closer than seven in the second half at Lexington, Ky. Dayton next plays Kentucky on Sunday.

Kentucky 97, Tennessee State 52: The second-seeded Wildcats used a 16-0 run in the first 10 minutes to quickly put aside the 15th-seeded Tigers (18-13) at Lexington, Ky.

OKLAHOMA CITY REGIONAL

Miami 86, Washington 80: Sophomore Adrienne Motley made seven of 12 three-point attempts and ended up with 30 points to lift the 11th-seeded Hurricanes (20-12) to an upset of the sixth-seeded Huskies (23-10) at Iowa City, Iowa. Miami next plays Iowa on Sunday.

Iowa 75, American 67: After a 36-36 halftime tie, the third-seeded Hawkeyes (25-7) used a 15-6 run to hold off 14th-seeded Eagles (24-9) at Iowa City.

DePaul 79, Minnesota 72: The ninth-seeded Blue Demons used a 22-4 second-half run to rally past the eighth-seeded Gophers (23-10) at South Bend, Ind. DePaul (27-7) next plays Notre Dame on Sunday.

Notre Dame 77, Montana 43: The top-seeded Irish shot 62.3% in the victory over the Grizzlies at South Bend.

Arkansas 57, Northwestern 55: The 10th-seeded Razorbacks (18-13) come back from a 13-point deficit to defeat the seventh-seeded Wildcats (23-9) at Waco, Texas. Arkansas next plays Baylor on Sunday.

Baylor 77, Northwestern State 36: The second-seeded Bears (31-3) took command early en route to the victory over the 15th-seeded Demons (19-15) at Waco.

GREENSBORO REGIONAL

South Carolina 81, Savannah State 48: The top-seeded Gamecocks (31-2) used a 21-1 run early in the second half to break away from the 16th-seeded Tigers (21-11) at Columbia, S.C. South Carolina last played an NCAA game on its campus in 2002. South Carolina next plays Syracuse on Sunday.

Syracuse 72, Nebraska 69: Brianna Butler scored 17 points, including the go-ahead basket with 58.7 seconds left, to lift the eighth-seeded Orange (22-9) over the ninth-seeded Cornhuskers (21-11) at Columbia.

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