BATON ROUGE, La. — Maggie Lucas scored 19 points, Alex Bentley added 18 and third-seeded Penn State overwhelmed NCAA women’s tournament newcomer Cal Poly 85-65 in the first round Sunday.
While the dynamic Lucas scored from all over the court, Penn State (26-5) also used its size advantage to assert itself inside on both ends.
The 6-foot-2 Mia Nickson, 6-3 Talia East and 6-4 Nikki Greene combined for 32 rebounds, and the Lady Lions outrebounded Cal Poly 52-40 overall.
Penn State outscored the Mustangs 44-28 in the paint.
Nickson finished with 13 points and 13 rebounds, Greene scored 11 points and East grabbed 12 rebounds for Penn State, which plays Tuesday against the winner of LSU-Wisconsin-Green Bay.
Molly Schlemer led Cal Poly (21-11), the 14th seed in the Spokane Region, with 24 points.
Stanford 72, Tulsa 56
STANFORD, Calif. — Chiney Ogwumike had 29 points, eight rebounds and three assists, and top-seeded Stanford pulled away in the second half from the 16th seed.
Amber Orrange added 14 points, six rebounds and three assists for the Cardinal (32-2), who needed more than a half to get rolling while playing at home in Maples Pavilion coming off final exams and a two-week layoff since winning the Pac-12 tournament.
Conference Player of the Year Ogwumike took charge in Stanford’s quest for a sixth straight Final Four after her big sister, Nneka, became the No. 1 pick in the WNBA draft and the league’s rookie of the year with the Los Angeles Sparks.
Up next for Stanford is a second-round date with either No. 8 seed Michigan or ninth-seeded Villanova on Tuesday night. Those teams were playing the second game Sunday at Maples.
Kentucky 61, Navy 41
DeNesha Stallworth scored 18 points and Jennifer O’Neill added nine of her 12 points in the second half to lead Kentucky over Navy.
The Wildcats (28-5) trailed by one at the half before O’Neill, who grew up in New York, took over. She hit a quick 3-pointer to start a 12-2 run. The sophomore guard had seven points, a steal and an assist during the burst.
Kentucky had been off for 14 days since losing in the SEC tournament title game and looked rusty early on. Two-time SEC player of the year A’dia Mathies didn’t have a field goal for the first time in her career.
Alix Membreno and Jade Geif scored nine each to lead Navy (21-12), which was trying to become the first 15 seed to win a game in NCAA tournament history.
N. Carolina 59, Albany 54
NEWARK, Del. — Tierra Ruffin-Pratt scored a career-high 30 points, and North Carolina squeezed past Albany to stagger into the second round of the NCAA tournament.
North Carolina trailed 28-23 at halftime and 48-44 with just under 10 minutes left before rallying behind Ruffin-Pratt, who scored 17 of the Tar Heels’ final 21 points — including two clinching free throws with 10.8 seconds left.
Delaware 66, W. Virginia 53
NEWARK, Del. — Elena Delle Donne scored 33 points and led a second-half surge that carried Delaware past West Virginia.
Playing on their home floor before a sellout crowd, the Blue Hens trailed 33-26 at halftime before bouncing back to extend their school-record winning streak to 26 games.
Delaware (31-3) had never won an NCAA tournament game before last year.
Dayton 96, St. John’s 90, 2 OT
Andrea Hoover scored a career-high 24 points and Dayton outlasted St. John’s.
It was the first double overtime game in the tournament since 2000 when Vanderbilt beat Kansas.
Duke 67, Hampton 51
DURHAM, N.C. — Tricia Liston scored 13 of her 20 points in the second half and Duke pulled away to beat Hampton.
Elizabeth Williams added 18 points and Haley Peters finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Blue Devils (31-2).
Oklahoma St. 73, DePaul 56
DURHAM, N.C. — Toni Young scored 20 of her 25 points in the first half to help Oklahoma State beat DePaul.
Liz Donohoe added 14 points for the seventh-seeded Cowgirls.
Notre Dame 97, Tennessee-Martin 64
IOWA CITY, Iowa — Jewell Loyd scored 27 points and top-seeded Notre Dame blew past Tennessee-Martin.
Kayla McBride had 22 points and 10 rebounds for the Fighting Irish (32-1), who have won 27 straight heading into Tuesday’s second-round matchup with either Iowa or Miami. Natalie Achonwa added 16 points.
Heather Butler scored 23 of her season-high 37 points in the first half to keep UT-Martin (19-15) in the game. But Notre Dame closed the first half on an 11-0 run and jumped ahead 60-33 with 17 minutes left.
Notre Dame’s Skylar Diggins finished with just 10 points and six assists. But the Fighting Irish didn’t need much from their star in the rout, outrebounding UT-Martin 49-14.
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Purdue 77, Liberty 43
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Courtney Moses scored 21 points, hitting 5 of 8 from 3-point range, and Purdue routed Liberty.
The Boilermakers (25-8) improved to 19-1 in the first round with their 16th straight victory to open the tournament.
Louisville 74, Middle Tennessee 49
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Shoni Schimmel scored 20 points, and fifth-seeded Louisville beat Middle Tennessee for its fifth straight opening NCAA tournament win under coach Jeff Walz.
Florida St. 60, Princeton 44
WACO, Texas — Leonor Rodriguez and Morgan Toles each scored 12 points and Florida State beat Princeton. Niveen Rasheed had nine points for the Tigers (22-7).