Top-seeded Tennessee advances in NCAA women's tourney

Posted: Sunday, March 21, 2004

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. Ashley Robinson had 13 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks in 22 minutes, helping top-seeded Tennessee begin its quest for a seventh national title with a 77-54 victory over Colgate in the NCAA tournament Saturday.

Robinson bounced back from a disappointing effort in the SEC tournament semifinals against Georgia two weeks ago, when she scored only two points in a 68-66 overtime loss.

Tyesha Fluker and Sidney Spencer each added 12 points and Shanna Zolman 11 for the Lady Vols (27-3), who will face ninth-seeded DePaul in the second round of the Midwest Regional.

DePaul 83, George Washington 46

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. Charlene Smith scored 24 points, and Khara Smith and Jenni Dant added 16 each for DePaul (23-6).

DePaul won 18 of its first 19 games, the only defeat a 96-89 overtime loss at home to Tennessee on Dec. 17.

Vanderbilt 76, Lipscomb 45

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. Jenni Benningfield had 21 points and 12 rebounds to help Vanderbilt beat Lipscomb.

The second-seeded Commodores (25-7) play 10th-seeded Chattanooga in the second round Monday.

Chattanooga 74, Rutgers 69

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. Tiffani Roberson scored 15 points, and Katie Galloway had 14, including two key 3-pointers, to lead Chattanooga past Rutgers.

Oklahoma 58, Marist 45

TEMPE, Ariz. Freshman Leah Rush had a season-high 23 points, leading third-seeded Oklahoma.

Maria Villarroel added 12 points, 11 rebounds and four steals for the Sooners (24-8), who lost their season finale to Texas but also beat the Longhorns to win the Big 12 tournament title.

Stanford 68, Missouri 44

TEMPE, Ariz. Nicole Powell had 17 points, nine rebounds and seven assists to help Stanford advance to the second round for the fifth straight season.

T'Nae Thiel added 14 points, and Susan Borchardt had 13 for the Cardinal (25-6). Stretch James led Missouri (17-13) with 20 points.

Florida 68, New Mexico 56

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. Vanessa Hayden scored 15 of her 17 points in the second half for fifth-seeded Florida.

Florida (19-10) advanced to a second-round game against fourth-seeded Baylor. Lindsey Arndt led New Mexico (23-8) with 11 points.

Baylor 71, Loyola Marymount 60

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. Sophia Young scored 24 points, six of them on late consecutive three-point plays, for Baylor (25-8).

Loyola Marymount (24-6) never led in its NCAA debut, but the Lions, who came into the tournament with a 15-game winning streak, stayed close behind senior guard Kate Murray's 27 points.

Mideast Regional

Boston College 58, E. Michigan 56

COLUMBUS, Ohio Kathrin Ress made a backdoor layup with 12 seconds left to lead third-seeded Boston College.

Ress led Boston College (26-6) with 16 points. The Eagles will face sixth-seeded Ohio State in the second round.

Ohio St. 73, West Virginia 67

COLUMBUS, Ohio Jessica Davenport scored 22 points on 10-of-11 shooting for Ohio State (21-9).

Caity added 15 points, hitting five of six free throws in the final 1:47. Kate Bulger, the sister of Rams quarterback Marc Bulger, led West Virginia (21-11) with 18 points.

Texas Tech 60, Maine 50

MISSOULA, Mont. Alesha Robertson scored 16 points to lead fourth-seeded Texas Tech.

Casey Jackson added 13 points and 12 rebounds for Texas Tech (25-7) and helped hold Maine's leading scorer, Heather Ernest, to just three points on 1-of-9 shooting. Texas Tech will face fifth-seeded Louisiana Tech in the second round.

Louisiana Tech 81, Montana 77

MISSOULA, Mont. Erica Smith-Taylor scored 29 points to help Louisiana Tech (28-2) overcome an 11-point deficit.

Julie Deming led Montana (27-5) with 29 points. The loss ended the Lady Griz's 22-game home winning streak.

West Regional

Georgia 78, Liberty 53

PHILADELPHIA Cori Chambers scored a career-high 19 points and Jessica Pierce added 17 for Georgia.

The third-seeded Bulldogs (23-9) advanced to a second-round game against sixth-seeded TCU.

TCU 70, Temple 57

PHILADELPHIA Sandora Irvin had 21 points and 13 rebounds, and Ebony Shaw added 15 points and 10 rebounds for TCU.

TCU coach Jeff Mittie coached the Lady Frogs (25-6) a day after he was reprimanded for his arrest for suspicion of drunken driving. Mittie tearfully apologized for the arrest Friday and must seek an alcohol evaluation to determine whether he needs treatment.

Houston 62, Wisconsin-Green Bay 47

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. Chandi Jones scored 28 points to lead third-seeded Houston to its first NCAA tournament victory.

Houston (28-3) has won 22 of its last 23 games, including a school-record 13 in a row. The Lady Cougars will face 11th-seeded UC Santa Barbara in the second round.

UC Santa Barbara 76, Colorado 49

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. Mia Fisher scored 20 points to help UC Santa Barbara (26-6) reach the second round for the third consecutive year.

Tera Bjorklund led Colorado (22-8) with 15 points and six rebounds.

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