@ACCWBB in NCAA: Teams Open First Round 4-1

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ACC Teams win four of five games on Saturday including first-ever NCAA Tournament win for Syracuse.


Unbeaten Notre Dame Routs Robert Morris, 93-42

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - It's not easy for a team like the Fighting Irish to stay sharp when so many of their games turn quickly into routs, but top-seeded Notre Dame showed no sign of any real weakness Saturday in its NCAA tournament opener, beating 16th-seeded Robert Morris 93-42. The unbeaten Irish led 50-15 at halftime.

Michaela Mabrey scored 11 of her 16 points in the first half for Notre Dame (33-0), and Jewell Loyd and Natalie Achonwa finished with 15 each. The Irish are trying for their fourth straight Final Four appearance this year. They'll take on ninth-seeded Arizona State in the second round Monday.

Maybe so, but the Irish will have to wait at least one more game - and possibly longer - for a significant challenge in this tournament.

Notre Dame won its previous two first-round games at the NCAA tournament by 31 and 33 points. The margin was wider than that at halftime of this one, with the Irish up by 35. Mabrey made back-to-back 3-pointers during a 25-4 run that made the score 32-8.

Liston, No. 9 Duke Top Winthrop 87-45 in NCAA Opener 

DURHAM, N.C. -- Maybe it's not entirely accurate to say Duke doesn't have any point guards. The Blue Devils had 21 assists -- their most in two months -- in an 87-45 rout of Winthrop on Saturday in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

McCallie has had to tweak her lineup after season-ending knee injuries to Chelsea Gray and Alexis Jones left Duke with no true point guards.

In this game, everyone got into the act: Six Blue Devils had multiple assists, led by Haley Peters with six and center Elizabeth Williams with four.

Tricia Liston scored 20 points and freshman Oderah Chidom added a season-high 17 points for the second-seeded Blue Devils (28-6).

They didn't miss a beat in their first game in nearly two weeks: They never trailed, shot 54 percent from the field and led by double figures for the final 33½ minutes in winning their 21st straight NCAA tournament opener.

In giving the 15th-seeded Eagles (24-9) their worst loss of the season by far, Duke built a 49-23 rebounding advantage and held them to 27 percent shooting -- 21 percent in the decisive first half -- to advance in the Lincoln Regional bracket.

Syracuse Captures First-Ever NCAA Tournament Win

LEXINGTON, Ky.—Syracuse earned its first-ever NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament win with a 59-53 decision over 11-seeded Chattanooga (29-4) on Saturday afternoon at Kentucky's Memorial Coliseum in front of 5,404 fans. The No. 6 seed Orange (23-9) advances to the second round where it will face No. 3 seed Kentucky on Monday, March 24 at 6:30 p.m. on ESPN2.
 Sophomores guards Brittney Sykes and Brianna Butler each recorded double-doubles with Sykes tallying 13 points and 12 rebounds and Butler notching 13 points and 10 rebounds. Senior center Shakeya Leary led the team with 15 points and contributed eight boards including five on the offensive end.
 Syracuse shot 31.5 percent (17-54) from the field while UTC finished with a 34.4 shooting percentage (21-61). The Orange's advantage throughout the game was due in large part to the free throw differential. SU went 24-of-31 from the line while Chattanooga scored just 4-of-14.
 The Orange was strong in the post, outrebounding the Mocs, 52-36, including 19 offensive boards that led to 19 second-chance points. SU also outscored UTC 28-18 in the paint.

Florida State Silences Cyclones in NCAA First Round

AMES, Iowa (seminoles.com) – A gritty defensive effort by the 10th-seeded Florida State women’s basketball team limited No. 7 Iowa State offensively as it earned a 55-44 win over ISU in front of a boisterous Cyclone crowd of 6,759 on Saturday night in the NCAA First Round at the Hilton Coliseum.

The Seminoles (21-11) held a lead for the entire game and took the Cyclones’ (20-11) home faithful right out of the game in what was considered a neutral-site matchup in the NCAA postseason. Playing a team that is predicated on 3-point shooting, Florida State’s 2-3 zone limited ISU to just 7-of-38 from outside while the ‘Noles dominated in the lane with 30 points compared to 14 by the opposition.

The victory gives Florida State its 11th consecutive opening-round win in the NCAA Tournament. FSU will play the winner of No. 2 Stanford and No. 15 South Dakota on Monday evening at 6:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. CT.

A balanced scoring effort was the highlight for Florida State on the offensive end. Seniors Natasha Howard and Cheetah Delgado led the way with 10 points apiece, while Lauren Coleman and Morgan Jones each posted nine. Seven of Jones’ nine points came at the free-throw line when FSU was in need of free points down the stretch to help close out the game.

NC State Falls to BYU

LOS ANGELES  – The NC State women’s basketball team (25-8) fell in the first round of the 2014 NCAA Tournament to BYU, 72-57, Saturday evening at UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion.

Miah Spencer paced the Wolfpack with 16 points, while Markeisha Gatling (11 points) and Len’Nique Brown (10) also scored in double figures for State. With 11 points in the loss to the Cougars (27-6), Gatling ended the season scoring in double figures 32 straight times.

Spencer ended her freshman season having scored 273 points. This ranks her 15th on the scoring list among all freshmen in program history.

The Wolfpack played without its third leading scorer in Myisha Goodwin-Coleman, who was lost for the season due to an injury suffered at Duke on Feb. 20. State was also without backup senior center Lakeesa Daniel, who suffered a season-ending injury the next day.

Lexi Eaton scored a game-high 25 points for the Cougars. She was one of four BYU players to achieve double figures in the game, as Kylie Maeda (14 points), Bailey Mogan (13), and Jennifer Hamson (12) also had strong offensive games. Hamson collected a game-high 19 rebounds.