STORRS, Conn. — Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis led six Connecticut players in double figures as the top-seeded Huskies routed Idaho 105-37 on Saturday.
Mosqueda-Lewis finished with 22 points, all in the first half. Morgan Tuck had 18, and Moriah Jefferson added 16 for the Huskies (30-4), who advanced to the second round for the 20th straight time in their 25th consecutive tournament appearance.
The Huskies will play eighth-seeded Vanderbilt on Monday. The Commodores beat Saint Joseph’s 60-54 earlier Saturday.
Stacey Barr had 14 points for Idaho (17-16), which was playing its second NCAA tournament game ever after upsetting Seattle for the Western Athletic Conference title.
UConn led by as many as 74 in the second half before Idaho made some baskets late.
Vanderbilt 60, Saint Joseph’s 54
STORRS, Conn. — Tiffany Clarke had 16 points and 12 rebounds to lead Vanderbilt to a win over Saint Joseph’s in the first round of the NCAA women’s basketball tournament.
Jasmine Lister added 14 points for the eighth-seeded Commodores, who advance to play either top-seeded Connecticut or No. 16 seed Idaho on Monday night.
Chatilla van Grinsven scored 14 points, all in the second half, for Saint Joseph’s (20-12). Natasha Clound and Ilze Gotfrida each chipped in 10.
Vanderbilt (23-8) led most of the way and was up 40-30 after Lister’s 3-pointer with 15:54 to play.
Oklahoma 78, Cent. Michigan 73
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Joanna McFarland had 18 points and a career-high 17 rebounds and Aaryn Ellenberg scored 18 of her 22 points in the second half Saturday to lead sixth-seeded Oklahoma to a 78-73 victory over Central Michigan in a first-round NCAA women’s tournament game.
The sixth-seeded Sooners (23-10) advance to Monday night’s second-round game against the winner of Stetson and UCLA at Ohio State’s St. John Arena.
Despite 24 turnovers, the Sooners had just enough to hold off the Chippewas (21-12), who were making their third trip to the NCAA and first since 1984. Crystal Bradford had a sensational game for CMU with a career-high 36 points (on 14 of 31 shooting from the field) with 14 rebounds and seven steals.
Ellenberg, who held Oklahoma’s season (103) and career (272) records for 3-pointers made, hit 4 of 5 in the second half to rally her team, which was struggling to hold onto the lead. None was bigger than her shot behind the arc with 3:11 left and late in the shot clock to extend the lead to 71-60.
UCLA 66, Stetson 49
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Nirra Fields led UCLA’s balanced attack with 13 points and the Bruins rolled to a win over Stetson in an NCAA first-round game.
The third-seeded Bruins took an 11-0 lead and were never threatened by the 14th-seeded Hatters.
Jasmine Dixon added 10 points and 10 rebounds and Atonye Nyingifa had 10 points and eight rebounds for the spread-the-wealth Bruins. They received an at-large bid after finishing third in the Pac-12 and falling 51-49 to No. 4 Stanford in the conference tournament final.
The Bruins (26-7) advance to the second round to meet sixth-seeded Oklahoma (23-10), a 78-73 winner over Central Michigan in Saturday’s first game. UCLA and the Sooners will play Monday night at Ohio State’s St. John Arena, with that winner advancing to the regional in Oklahoma City.
Maryland 72, Quinnipiac 52
COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Alyssa Thomas had 29 points and 13 rebounds, and Maryland spoiled Quinnipiac’s debut in the NCAA women’s tournament by pulling away to a victory.
The fourth-seeded Terrapins (25-7) trailed by nine in the first half, moved in front 27-23 at the break and dominated the second half against the smaller Bobcats, who couldn’t stop Thomas’ repeated forays into the lane.
Michigan State 55, Marist 47
COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Kiana Johnson scored 16 points, Annalise Pickrel added 14 and fifth-seeded Michigan State halted Marist’s string of first-round NCAA upsets with a win.
Jasmine Thomas added 10 points for the Spartans (25-8). Michigan State advanced to the second round for the eighth time in nine NCAA appearances, a streak interrupted by a loss to Louisville on the same College Park floor a year ago.
Michigan State will play Maryland on Monday on the fourth-seeded Terrapins’ home court. Maryland won Saturday’s opener 72-52 over Quinnipiac.
Creighton 61, Syracuse 56
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — McKenzie Fujan scored a career-high 24 points as Creighton held off a late Syracuse rally to beat the Orange and earn their first NCAA tournament victory since 1994.
After trailing by 10 points with less than five minutes remaining, Syracuse had a chance to tie the game with a 3-pointer in the final seconds, but Elashier Hall’s shot hit the right side of the rim. Creighton’s Sarah Nelson added two free throws with three-tenths of a second left.
Tennessee 83, Oral Roberts 62
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Meighan Simmons scored 18 points, and the Tennessee Lady Vols defeated Oral Roberts in their first NCAA tournament game of the post-Pat Summitt era.
Tennessee, the No. 2 seed in the Oklahoma City Regional, advanced to a second-round game against No. 10 seed Creighton (25-7). The Bluejays defeated Syracuse 61-56 in their tournament opener.
The Lady Vols (25-7) got points from all 11 players and improved to 51-0 in NCAA tournament games on their home floor.
California 90, Fresno State 76
LUBBOCK, Texas — Brittany Boyd scored 21 points and added a career-high 13 rebounds to lead second-seeded California over Fresno State in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
Layshia Clarendon added 19 points and Gennifer Brandon had 17 points and 12 rebounds for California (29-3).
The Golden Bears fell behind early against the 15th-seeded Bulldogs, but found their footing midway through the first half to advance to play the winner of Texas Tech and South Florida.
Ki-Ki Moore scored a career-high 33 points on 12-of-28 shooting and Rosie Moult added 15 to lead Fresno State (24-9).
South Carolina 74, South Dakota State 52
BOULDER, Colo. — Ashley Brunner had 15 points and 11 rebounds to lead No. 4 seed South Carolina to a victory over South Dakota State in the opening round of the NCAA tournament.
The Gamecocks (25-7), who won a school-record 11 Southeastern Conference games this season, used their superior athleticism and stout defense to make quick work of the 13th-seeded Jackrabbits (25-8), the Summit League regular season and tournament champs.
Iowa State 72, Gonzaga 60
SPOKANE, Wash. — Chelsea Poppens scored 19 points, Hallie Christofferson scored 11 of her 18 in the second half, and fifth-seeded Iowa State ended No. 12 seed Gonzaga’s dominance at home in the NCAA women’s tournament with a win over the Bulldogs.
Gonzaga went 4-0 the past two seasons playing on its home floor at the McCarthey Athletic Center during the NCAAs in reaching the round of 16. Iowa State (24-8) finally solved beating Gonzaga at home thanks to dynamic shooting from behind the 3-point line and an awful shooting performance by the Bulldogs.