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Penn State's Ariel Edwards (23) drives around Wichita State's Jamillah Bonner during the second half of a first-round game in the NCAA women's tournament Sunday in State College. Penn State won 62-56.
Penn State's Ariel Edwards (23) drives around Wichita State's Jamillah Bonner during the second half of a first-round game in the NCAA women's tournament Sunday in State College. Penn State won 62-56.
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STATE COLLEGE — Maggie Lucas scored 22 points, rallying Penn State from an early scare in a 62-56 win over Wichita State in the first round of the NCAA tournament Sunday.


Lucas led the Lady Lions (23-7) back from an 11-point hole and becoming an unwanted piece of tournament history: A No. 3 seed has never lost a game to a 14.


The Shockers (26-7) tried to make it happen, but could never sustain the early spurt that would have allowed them to pull off one of the biggest upsets in tournament history.


Lucas, the two-time Big Ten player of the year, led Penn State’s 17-0 run to open the second half that spurred them into the second round for the fourth straight year.


South Carolina 73, Cal State Northridge 58


SEATTLE — Tiffany Mitchell scored 24 points, Alaina Coates added 13, and top-seeded South Carolina took a while to pull away from No. 16 seed Cal State Northridge.


South Carolina (28-4) were the new kids when it came to being a top seed in the NCAAs, garnering the achievement after never being higher than a No. 3 seed in the past. And while the Gamecocks didn’t play poorly against the champions of the Big West Conference, it took far longer than expected to finally dispatch the pesky Matadors.


South Carolina outscored Northridge 27-11 at the free throw line and had 20 second-chance points.


Janae Sharpe led Cal State Northridge (18-15) with 26 points, but was held in check for most of the second half.


North Carolina 60, UT Martin 68


CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Xylina McDaniel scored the go-ahead basket off an offensive rebound with 56 seconds remaining to help fourth-seeded North Carolina overcome an 18-point second half deficit and defeat UT Martin.


McDaniel scored 14 points, even converting a shot from sitting on the floor under the basket.


Karisma Tyson had a chance to win the game for UT Martin but her 3-pointer was off the mark.


Michigan State 91, Hampton 61


CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Freshman Aerial Powers had 26 points and 18 rebounds, Annalise Pickrel added 21 points and fifth-seeded Michigan State defeated No. 12 Hampton.


Branndais Agee had 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Spartans, who shot 58 percent from the field in the first half to open a 32-point lead at the break en route to an easy win.


Nicole Hamilton led the Pirates with 19 points.


Florida 83, Dayton 69


STATE COLLEGE — Cassie Peoples scored 21 points and all five Florida starters scored in double figures, leading the Gators past Dayton in the opening round of the NCAA tournament.


The 11th-seeded Gators (20-12) will play Penn State on Tuesday night in the Stanford Regional.


In a first round full of lopsided scores, the Gators pulled off a rare upset by a double-digit seed. Jaterra Bonds and Ronni Williams each had 15 points for Florida.


Louisville Regional


Louisville 88, Idaho 42


IOWA CITY, Iowa — Sara Hammond led five players in double figures with 16 points and third-seeded Louisville rolled past Idaho.


Jude Schimmel had 14 points and Asia Taylor scored 13 for the Cardinals (31-4).


Ali Forde had 16 points for 14th-seeded Idaho (25-9), which was outrebounded 42-23.


Maryland 90, Army 52


COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Alyssa Thomas had 13 points and 14 rebounds, Lexie Brown scored 21 and No. 4 seed Maryland closed the first half with 20 straight points to roll past Army.


The Terrapins (25-6) trailed 18-15 before taking control against the 13th-seeded Black Knights (25-8), champions of the Patriot League.


Texas 79, Penn 61


COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Imani McGee-Stafford had 20 points and 12 rebounds, and fifth-seeded Texas rallied from a 15-point, first-half deficit to beat No. 12 seed Penn, the Longhorns’ first NCAA win since 2008.


Alyssa Baron scored 25 points to lead the Quakers (23-6), who were trying to become only the second Ivy League team to win a game in the women’s tournament.


LSU 98, Georgia Tech 78


BATON ROUGE, La. — Danielle Ballard scored 24 points and LSU led wire-to-wire in a victory over Georgia Tech.


Theresa Plaisance added 21 points and DaShawn Harden 17 for the Lady Tigers (20-12), who picked an opportune time to reach their highest point total of the season and led by as much as 20 in the second half.


West Virginia 76, Albany 61


BATON ROUGE, La. — Christal Caldwell scored 26 points, Bria Holmes added 20, and West Virginia defeated Albany.


Averee Fields added 10 points for second-seeded West Virginia (30-4), which will try to win a second-round game for the first time in program history Tuesday night against No. 7 seed LSU.


Lincoln Regional


James Madison 72, Gonzaga 63


COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Kirby Burkholder had 28 points and 18 rebounds to lead No. 11 seed James Madison to a win over No. 6 seed Gonzaga.


A 3-pointer by Shaniqua Nilles put Gonzaga up by four points before James Madison (29-5) used a 12-0 run to take a 59-51 lead with 3 ½ minutes left. Burkholder had six points and two steals in that stretch.


Saint Joseph’s 67, Georgia 57


STORRS, Conn. — Erin Shields had 18 points and seven rebounds to lead ninth-seeded Saint Joseph’s to a win over eighth-seed Georgia in the first round of the NCAA tournament.


Ashley Robinson added 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Hawks, who won in the tournament for the first time in 14 years.


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