Baylor hangs on to beat UTSA without Kim Mulkey
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP)—Kim Mulkey tells her Baylor players they can win without her.
The second-seeded Bears and assistant coach Leon Barmore pulled out a tight NCAA first-round game in overtime, beating Texas-San Antonio 87-82 on Sunday night.
“She always tells us if she can’t be around we should be able to coach ourselves,” said senior Jhasmin Player, who finished with 15 points. “We had another legend on our bench in Coach Barmore, and whether he’ll admit it or not he really helped get us through tonight.”
Barmore turned to sophomore Melissa Jones when the game went to overtime.
Jones finished with a career-high 21 points and 10 rebounds and scored eight of Baylor’s 18 points in the extra period.
“M.J. came through for us,” said Barmore, who was sitting in for a hospitalized Mulkey. “I thought she was huge for us the whole game, especially at the end.”
Mulkey was hospitalized earlier in the day after a reaction to medication she was taking following removal of a kidney stone Friday in Waco.
Before the game, Baylor associate media relations director Julie Bennett said she was uncertain if Mulkey would be coaching Tuesday.
“We’ll know more (Monday),” she said.
Mulkey, who played for and coached with Barmore at Louisiana Tech before coming to Baylor in 2000, persuaded him to come out of retirement to join her staff.
Baylor plays No. 7 seed South Dakota State on Tuesday night in the second round of the Raleigh Regional.
The Roadrunners led only briefly—71-69—in the extra period. The Bears (28-5) scored on four of five possessions early in overtime, including back-to-back baskets by Jones, to take a 77-72 lead.
Jessica Morrow and Jones each hit two free throws in the final 23 seconds of overtime to seal the win.
Amber Gregg scored 23 points for UTSA (24-9), which was playing in its second NCAA tournament.
Barmore, who had not talked to Mulkey since she went to the hospital, said he spoke to two doctors who flew in from Waco to look after her.
“They’ve assured me that she will be OK,” he said. “I’m going to get her back before Tuesday somehow.”
Utah 60, Villanova 30
At College Park, Md., Kalee Whipple had 15 points and eight rebounds and helped shut down Villanova star Laura Kurz.
Morgan Warburton scored 14 for ninth-seeded Utah (23-9), which plays No. 1 seed Maryland on Tuesday.
Kurz led eighth-seeded Villanova (19-14) with 11 points, going 0-for-7 on 3-point attempts.
Maryland 82, Dartmouth 53
At College Park, Md., Maryland’s opening game in the NCAA tournament can best be summed up by the halftime score: Kristi Toliver 23, Dartmouth 23.
Toliver finished with 27 points on 11-for-14 shooting, and the third-ranked Terrapins (29-4) extended their winning streak to 13.
Louisville 62, Liberty 42
At Baton Rouge, La., Angel McCoughtry and Candyce Bingham each scored 12 points to lead Louisville.
The Cardinals (30-4), seeded third, led by as many as 31 midway through the second half and are well rested for Tuesday’s second-round game against sixth-seeded LSU.
Megan Frazee managed only eight points on 3-of-14 shooting for 14th-seeded Liberty (24-9).
LSU 69, Wisconsin-Green Bay 59
At Baton Rouge, La., Allison Hightower scored 26 points and sixth-seeded LSU snapped 11th-seeded Wisconsin-Green Bay’s 21-game winning streak.
Kristen Morris added 13 points and a career-high 16 rebounds for LSU (19-10), which led by double digits most of the second half.
Kati Hardy led Green Bay (29-4) with 17 points, and reserve Kayla Tetschlag added 16.
South Dakota St. 90, TCU 55
At Lubbock, Texas, South Dakota State made a record-tying 16 3-point shots top win its NCAA tournament debut.
This was the first year the Jackrabbits (32-2) were eligible for the field.
Helena Sverrisdottir scored 12 points to lead the Horned Frogs (20-11).
Ball State 71, Tenneessee 55
At Bowling Green, Ky., Ball State sent two-time defending national champion Tennessee to its first ever opening round loss in the tournament.
The Lady Volunteers (22-11) had been 42-0 on the opening weekend of the NCAAs.
Tennessee also became the first defending champ to lose in the first round since Old Dominion, which won the title in 1985, failed to make the tournament the following year.
The 12th-seeded Cardinals (26-8) will play Iowa State in the second round on Tuesday.
Iowa State 85, East Tennessee St. 53
At Bowling Green, Ky., Alison Lacey made six of Iowa State’s record-tying 16 3-pointers and the fourth-seeded Cyclones routed East Tennessee State.
Iowa State (25-8) tied the tournament record for 3s set by South Dakota State earlier in the day and also by Harvard in the opening round in 1996.
Duke 83, Austin Peay 42
At East Lansing, Mich., Chante Black led the Blue Devils’ (27-5) balanced offense with 14 points.
Duke coach Joanne P. McCallie will face her former team, Michigan State, where she coached from 2000-07, on its home court Tuesday night.
Emily Pollock scored 13 and Nicole Jamen had 10 for the 16th-seeded Lady Govs (17-16).
Michigan St. 60, Middle Tennessee 59
At East Lansing, Mich., Alysha Clark scored 34 points but none in the last 11-plus minutes and fouled out with 1 1/2 minutes left. That gave ninth-seeded Michigan State (21-10) the boost it needed for a win over No. 8 seed Middle Tennessee (28-6).
Michigan State’s Aisha Jefferson scored 20, reserve Kalisha Keane had 13 points and Cetera Washington scored a season-high 12.
At Storrs, Conn., Tina Charles scored 32 points and Renee Montgomery added 19—all in the first half—to help the top-seeded Huskies rout No. 16 seed Vermont.
UConn (34-0), seeking its sixth national title, will face Florida in the second round Tuesday night.
Florida 70, Temple, 57
At Storrs, Conn., Sha Brooks scored 18 points and eighth-seeded Florida beat Temple (21-10).
Marshae Dotson added 13 points, and Steffi Sorensen had 13 points and 13 rebounds for the Gators (24-7), who led 43-39 in the second half before scoring nine straight to take control.
Minnesota 79, Notre Dame 71
At South Bend, Ind., Minnesota started the game by making 11 of 13 shots and opened a 14-point first-half lead, then used timely 3-point shooting to hold off Notre Dame.
Emily Fox scored 23 points to pace the Gophers, who shot 49 percent. Zoe Harper had 13 rebounds as Minnesota (20-11) outrebounded the Irish 45-32. The Gophers will face Texas A&M on Tuesday night.
Ashley Barlow led Notre Dame (22-9) with 20 points.
Texas A&M 80, Evansville 45
At South Bend, Ind., The Aggies forced a season-high 30 turnovers, leading to 43 points, and Danielle Gant scored 21 to lead Texas A&M over the Purple Aces.
Texas A&M (26-7), a second seed for a second straight year, won an opening-round game for the third straight season. The 15th-seeded Purple Aces (15-19), the only team in the tournament with a losing record, saw their season-high winning streak end at four.
Oklahoma City Regional
Oklahoma 76, Prairie View 47
At Iowa City, Iowa, Danielle Robinson scored 15 points, Ashley Paris added 14 and the top-seeded Sooners overcame a sluggish start to beat Prairie View A&M.
Courtney Paris had 11 points and 16 rebounds for Oklahoma (29-4), which led 42-34 before overwhelming the 16th-seeded Lady Panthers with a 17-1 run early in the second half.
The Sooners will play Georgia Tech in the second round Tuesday night.
Dominique Smith and Gatti Werema each had 15 points to lead Prairie View (23-11).
Georgia Tech 76, Iowa 62
At Iowa City, Iowa, Jacqua Williams scored 23 points and 6-foot-5 freshman Sasha Goodlett had 16 points and 13 rebounds in her NCAA tournament debut for ninth-seeded Georgia Tech (22-9).
Kachine Alexander’s 17 points and 10 rebounds led Iowa (21-11), which lost in the first round for the fourth straight time.