Capsules: Quinnipiac picks up first-ever NCAA tourney win

  • Quinnipiac forward Jen Fay reacts after hitting a 3-point bucket during the first half of a first-round upset over No. 5 Marquette in Coral Gables, Fla. The Bobcats won, 68-65. AP

  • Marquette's head coach Carolyn Kieger, second from right, reacts during the first half of a first round game against Quinnipiac in the NCAA women's college basketball tournament, Saturday, March 18, 2017, in Coral Gables, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) Lynne Sladky

Associated Press
Saturday, March 18, 2017

CORAL GABLES, Fla. – Jennifer Fay scored 20 points and 12th-seeded Quinnipiac held on in a frantic final minute Saturday to upset fifth-seeded Marquette, 68-65.

It was the first NCAA Tournament victory in Quinnipiac history.

Paula Strautmane scored seven of her 15 points in the fourth quarter for the Bobcats (28-6), who opened on an 18-4 run and were up 52-33 midway through the third quarter before Marquette roared back and got within two.

But Strautmane made a pair of free throws with 17.6 seconds left to give Quinnipiac a 67-63 lead, added another with 2.8 seconds left and the Bobcats – who never trailed – escaped when Natisha Hiedeman’s 3-pointer rimmed out as time expired.

Erika Davenport scored a game-high 21 points for Marquette (25-8), the Big East tournament champions whose eight-game winning streak was snapped.

(1) UConn 116, (16) Albany 55

STORRS, Ct. – Napheesa Collier and Kia Nurse each scored 24 points as top-seeded UConn routed Albany for the program’s 108th straight win and 25th straight in the NCAA Tournament.

Gabby Williams added 20 points for UConn. She and Collier each pulled down 10 rebounds for the Huskies (33-0), who are going for their fifth consecutive NCAA title. They haven’t lost in the first round since 1993.

(8) Syracuse 85, (9) Iowa State 65

STORRS, Ct. – Brittney Sykes scored 28 points and Alexis Peterson added 25 to lead Syracuse over Iowa State.

Freshman Gabby Cooper added a season-high 24 points, all from 3-point range, for the Orange (22-10), who will face top-seeded UConn on Monday in a rematch of last year’s national championship game.

Seanna Johnson hit seven of her 10 shots and had 21 points for Iowa State, which finishes its season at 18-13.

(10) Oregon 71, (7) Temple 70

DURHAM, N.C. – Ruthy Hebard hit a jumper with 5.5 seconds remaining to lift Oregon past Temple.

Hebard finished with 23 points and Sabrina Ionescu added 16 points to help the Ducks (21-13) win a wild game that had three lead changes in the final 30 seconds.

Alliya Butts scored 28 points and Feyonda Fitzgerald added 16 for the Owls (24-8). Fitzgerald put Temple up 70-69 with a jumper with 14.3 seconds remaining.

(4) UCLA 83, (13) Boise State 56

LOS ANGELES – Monique Billings scored 19 points and Jordin Canada had 15 points and 16 assists to help UCLA roll to a win over Boise State.

The Bruins (24-8) opened the game with a 15-0 run and were never seriously threatened the rest of the way.

UCLA used a balanced scoring attack, with four players finishing in double-figures. Kennedy Burke and Nicole Kornet each added 14 points for the Bruins.

(2) Stanford 72, (15) New Mexico State 64

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Alanna Smith had 19 points and 11 rebounds, Karlie Samuelson hit five 3-pointers and finished with 17 points, and Stanford survived a spirited upset bid to beat New Mexico State.

Playing nearly 1,800 miles from home due to a scheduling conflict at Maples Pavilion, the Cardinal (29-5) looked lost most of the afternoon, trailing the Aggies (24-7) by as many as nine early on.

(7) Kansas State 67, (10) Drake 54

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Breanna Lewis had 23 points and 11 rebounds, Kindred Wesemann added 16 points to help Kansas State Drake.

The Wildcats (23-10) took the lead in the game’s opening minutes and never relinquished it, even though the Bulldogs (28-5) never made things easy. That allowed Kansas State to ease into a matchup with No. 2 seed Stanford on Monday night for a spot in the Sweet 16.

(1) Baylor 119, (16) Texas Southern 30

WACO, Texas – Kalani Brown scored 21 points and Baylor overwhelmed much smaller Texas Southern in the most lopsided women’s NCAA Tournament game ever.

The Lady Bears (31-3) were ahead 22-0 after Alexis Jones, on her first shot in her first game since Feb. 20, hit a 3-pointer just more than 6 minutes into the game.

The 89-point margin broke the previous record 74-point win by Tennessee over North Carolina A&T (111-37) in 1994. Baylor’s 119 points were the most ever scored in regulation of a women’s NCAA Tournament game, surpassing the previous record 116.

(4) Louisville 82, (13) Chattanooga 62

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Asia Durr scored 27 points to lead Louisville to a victory over Chattanooga.

The rematch of a regular-season contest played out a little differently. The Cardinals (28-7) didn’t have anyone score in double figures in their 63-47 victory here on Nov. 21. On Saturday, they had four who did and were led by their sophomore guard.

Myisha Hines-Allen added 16 points and 12 rebounds while Jazmine Jones came off the bench to get 14.

(5) Tennessee 66, (12) Dayton 57

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Diamond DeShields scored 24 points to lead Tennessee over Dayton.

The Lady Vols (20-11) used a strong second half to pull away from the Flyers (22-10), shooting 52 percent after halftime to earn the victory. DeShields and Mercedes Russell wouldn’t let the Flyers couldn’t mount a comeback. They scored 23 of Tennessee’s 37 points in the second half to lead the way.

(6) Oklahoma 75, (11) Gonzaga 62

SEATTLE – Vionise Pierre-Louis had 17 points, nine rebounds and nine blocked shots and Oklahoma used its early hot shooting to hold off Gonzaga.

Pierre-Louis controlled the interior throughout, making sure the Sooners’ torrid shooting from behind the 3-point line in the first quarter withstood all of Gonzaga’s charges. The Sooners (23-9) led by as many as 15 and watched Gonzaga (26-7) trim the deficit to five in the fourth quarter before holding on in the final minutes.

(4) Miami 62, (13) Florida Gulf Coast 60

CORAL GABLES, Fla. – Keyona Hayes scored 16 points, including the go-ahead basket inside with 1.5 seconds remaining to help Miami rally past Florida Gulf Coast.

Hayes added 10 rebounds for the Hurricanes (24-8), who wasted a 13-point lead and found themselves trailing twice in the final 2 minutes before rallying.

Emese Hof scored 14 points for the Hurricanes.