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One Hand not enough for Chattanooga
Moulton native Brooke Hand pours in 14, but Mocs fall

The Associated Press

The Baylor Lady Bears don’t know what it’s like to lose early in the NCAA tournament. Jessica Morrow kept them from finding out.

Morrow scored 13 points and led the decisive run, and Baylor nearly blew a big lead before pulling away from Chattanooga 68-55 on Sunday in the first round of the Fresno Regional.

“Now, we don’t get rattled, we keep our composure and know how to play through it when teams make their run at us,” Morrow said.

Angela Tisdale and Bernice Mosby added 12 apiece to help fifth-seeded Baylor (26-7) advance to the second round for the fourth straight year.

Lawrence County High graduate Brooke Hand had 14 points for the Mocs, whose seven-game winning streak was snapped. They had won 14 of 15 entering the tournament, but fell to 1-8 in NCAA tournament play with their lone victory coming two years ago when they upset Rutgers.

The Lady Bears never trailed, frittered away most of a 14-point lead and pulled away late to dodge 12th-seeded Chattanooga’s upset bid.

“We were tentative and they had us on our heels,” Mocs coach Wes Moore said. “For them to fight back and cut it to one point shows a lot of character.”

The Mocs clawed back in the second half, pulling to 45-44 with about 10 minutes left on Laura Hall’s 3-pointer from the key.

“We had no choice — we had to do it,” Chattanooga’s Alex Anderson said. “We didn’t want to go home. We had to fight and play.”

But seconds later, Morrow countered with a 3pointer of her own to start a 19-7 run that put Baylor ahead to stay.

North Carolina State 84, Robert Morris 52: Marquetta Dickens scored a career-high 25 points and North Carolina State (24-9) won its first NCAA tournament game in six years.

Wisconsin-Green Bay 59, New Mexico 52: Nicole Soulis scored 15 points and the ninth-seeded Phoenix opened the second half with a 20-5 spurt to extend their winning streak to 26 games.

Dallas Regional

Notre Dame 62, California 59: Tulyah Gaines made two free throws with 16.5 seconds remaining after Notre Dame’s Charel Allen scored a key basket and set up another, and the Fighting Irish rallied to a victory.

North Carolina 95, Prairie View 38: The Tar Heels needed less than four minutes to open a 20-point lead and cruised after that behind 14 points each from Camille Little and Jessica Breland.

Dayton Regional

Ole Miss 88, TCU 74: Armintie Price scored 21 points and Ole Miss forced 23 turnovers in a first-round victory.

Maryland 89, Harvard 65: Kristi Toliver scored 13 points and added nine assists to help second-seeded Maryland advance.

Tennessee 76, Drake 37: Alexis Hornbuckle scored 14 points and Tennessee went on a remarkable 34-0 run that lasted nearly 13 minutes and didn’t end until midway through the second half.

Candace Parker added 13 points for the top-seeded Lady Vols (29-3).

Tennessee will play the winner of the Pitt-James Madison game on Tuesday night.

Greensboro Regional

Duke 81, Holy Cross 44: Abby Waner hit six 3-pointers and scored 20 of her 26 points during an overwhelming first half, and top-seeded Duke cruised to a rout of the Crusaders on Sunday night in the first round of the Greensboro Regional.

Alison Bales had 13 points, and Joy Cheek and Carrem Gay added 10 apiece for Duke (31-1), which never trailed and looked nothing like the listless team that was upset by inspired North Carolina State two weeks ago in the semifinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.

Vanderbilt 62, Delaware State 47: Christina Wirth scored 17 points to lead a balanced Vanderbilt attack, and the Commodores pulled away in the second half.

Bowling Green 70, Oklahoma State 66: The Falcons, who had lost six consecutive opening-round games, got a layup by Ali Mann to go ahead 62-60 with less than 2 minutes to play. Mann’s pass to Kate Achter for a layup gave Bowling Green a 64-60 lead, and the Falcons (30-3) hit enough free throws to hang on for the win.

Michigan State 69, Delaware 58: Allyssa DeHaan had 13 points as part of a balanced offense to lead the fifth-seeded Spartans (24-8) to a first-round win.

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