Tiffany Mitchell scored 24 points, Alaina Coates had 13, and top-seeded South Carolina took awhile to pull away from No. 16 seed Cal State Northridge in a 73-58 win Sunday in the first round of the NCAA tournament in Seattle.
South Carolina (28-4) outscored Northridge 27-11 at the free throw line and had 20 second-chance points.
Janae Sharpe led the Matadors (18-15) with 26 points but was held in check for most of the second half.
Northridge guard Ashlee Guay, the Big West player of the year, was held to six points. She had to be helped off the court with 4:34 left in the game after hitting her head on the floor going for a rebound, a play on which she was called for a foul.
In other Stanford Regional games:
No. 9 Oregon State 55, No. 8 Middle Tennessee 36: Sydney Wiese made six three-point shots and scored a career-high 26 points for the Beavers (24-10), who knocked out the Blue Raiders (29-5) in Seattle.
No. 5 Michigan State 91, No. 12 Hampton 61: Freshman Aerial Powers had 26 points and 18 rebounds for the Spartans (23-9) in an easy win over the Pirates (28-5) at Chapel Hill, N.C.
No. 4 North Carolina 60, No. 13 Tennessee Martin 58: Xylina McDaniel scored the go-ahead basket off an offensive rebound with 56 seconds remaining and the Tar Heels (25-9) overcame an 18-point deficit in the second half to beat the Skyhawks (24-8) at Chapel Hill.
No. 11 Florida 83, No. 6 Dayton 69: Cassie Peoples scored 21 points and all five starters scored in double figures for the Gators (20-12) in the win over the Flyers (23-8) at University Park, Pa.
No. 3 Penn State 62, No. 14 Wichita State 56: Maggie Lucas scored 22 points and the Nittany Lions (23-7) opened the second half with a 17-0 run to beat the Shockers (26-7) at University Park.
In Lincoln Regional games:
No. 1 Connecticut 87, No. 16 Prairie View A&M 44: Breanna Stewart scored 19 points and had 10 rebounds as the defending national champion Huskies improved to 35-0 with the win at Storrs, Conn. LaReahn Washington scored 13 points for the Panthers (14-18).
No. 9 St. Joseph’s 67, No. 8 Georgia 57: Erin Shields had 18 points and seven rebounds for the Hawks (23-9) at Storrs. Erika Ford had 16 points for the Bulldogs (20-12).
No. 3 Texas A&M 70, No. 14 North Dakota 55: Courtney Walker had 19 points and eight rebounds and the Aggies (25-8) won easily at College Station, Texas. Madi Buck led North Dakota (22-10) with 22 points.
No. 11 James Madison 72, No. 6 Gonzaga 63: Kirby Burkholder had 28 points and 18 rebounds and the Dukes (29-5) used a late 12-0 run to beat the Bulldogs (29-5) at College Station.
In Louisville Regional games:
No. 4 Maryland 90, No. 13 Army 52: Alyssa Thomas had 13 points and 14 rebounds, Lexie Brown scored 21, and the Terrapins (25-6) scored the last 20 points of the first half to beat the Black Knights (25-8) at College Park, Md.
No. 5 Texas 79, No. 12 Pennsylvania 61: Imani McGee-Stafford had 20 points and 12 rebounds and the Longhorns (22-11) won at College Park for their first NCAA win since 2008. Alyssa Baron scored 25 points for the Quakers (23-6).
No. 6 Iowa 87, No. 11 Marist 65: Theairra Taylor scored 22 points and the Hawkeyes (27-8) blew out the Red Foxes (27-7) at Iowa City, Iowa.
No. 3 Louisville 88, No. 14 Idaho 42: Sara Hammond led five players in double figures with 16 points and the Cardinals (31-4) routed the Vandals (25-9) at Iowa City.
No. 7 Louisiana State 98, No. 10 Georgia Tech 78: Danielle Ballard scored 24 points and the Tigers (20-12) led the entire way at Baton Rouge, La. The Yellow Jackets finished the season at 20-12.
No. 2 West Virginia 76, No. 15 Albany 61: Christal Caldwell scored 26 points and Bria Holmes added 20 for the Mountaineers (28-4), who beat the Great Danes (28-5) at Baton Rouge.