NCAA women's tournament: Tennessee easily defeats Oral Roberts
In the OKC Regional, Meighan Simmons scored 18 points, and the No. 2 Tennessee Lady Vols defeated No. 15 Oral Roberts 83-62 in Knoxville, Tenn., in their first NCAA Tournament game of the post-Pat Summitt era.
Tennessee advanced to a second-round game against No. 10 seed Creighton (25-7).
The Lady Vols (25-7) got points from all 11 players and improved to 51-0 in NCAA Tournament games on their home floor.
Creighton 61, Syracuse 56 • McKenzie Fujan scored a career-high 24 points as No. 10 Creighton held off a late rally by No. 7 Syracuse to beat the Orange in Knoxville, Tenn., and earn their first NCAA Tournament victory since 1994.
After trailing by 10 points with less than five minutes remaining, Syracuse had a chance to tie the game with a 3-pointer in the final seconds, but Elashier Hall's shot hit the right side of the rim.
UCLA 66, Stetson 49 • Nirra Fields led No. 3 UCLA's balanced offense with 13 points and the Bruins rolled to a win over No. 14 Stetson in Columbus, Ohio.
The Bruins took an 11-0 lead and were never threatened by the Hatters.
Oklahoma 78, Central Michigan 73 • Joanna McFarland had 18 points and a career-high 17 rebounds and Aaryn Ellenberg scored 18 of her 22 points in the second half to lead No. 6 Oklahoma to a victory over No. 11 Central Michigan in Columbus, Ohio.
Despite 24 turnovers, the Sooners had just enough to hold off the Chippewas (21-12), who were making their third trip to the NCAA and first since 1984.
California 90, Fresno State 76 • Brittany Boyd scored 21 points and added a career-high 13 rebounds to lead No. 2 California over No. 15 Fresno State in Lubbock, Texas.
Layshia Clarendon added 19 points and Gennifer Brandon had 17 points and 12 rebounds for California (29-3).
The Golden Bears fell behind early against the 15th-seeded Bulldogs, but found their footing midway through the first half to advance to play the winner of Texas Tech and South Florida.
Iowa State 72, Gonzaga 60 • Chelsea Poppens scored 19 points, Hallie Christofferson scored 11 of her 18 in the second half, and No. 5 Iowa State ended No. 12 Gonzaga's dominance at home in Spokane, Wash.
Gonzaga had gone 4-0 the past two seasons playing on its home floor at the McCarthey Athletic Center during the NCAAs in reaching the round of 16.
Georgia 70, Montana 50 • Jasmine Hassell scored 16 points, Shacobia Barbee added 13, and fourth-seeded Georgia used a big run midway through the second half to pull away from Montana.
Jasmine James added 11 points for the Lady Bulldogs (26-6).
South Florida 71, Texas Tech 70 • Inga Orekhova scored 20 points, including five 3s, to lead No. 10 South Florida past Texas Tech.
Andrell Smith added 13 points in the win over the seventh-seeded Lady Raiders.