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March 21, 2010
DURHAM, N.C. - Jasmine Thomas went behind her back during a steal and layup, then lofted a perfect alley-oop pass to a teammate. Everything was coming easy for her and for Duke - just as it seemingly always does during NCAA tournament games at home.
Thomas scored 11 of her 13 points during the decisive first half of the Blue Devils' 72-37 rout of Hampton on Saturday in the first round of the Memphis Regional.
Keturah Jackson's 13 points were a career high and Karima Christmas also scored 13 for No. 2 seed Duke (28-5), which dominated nearly every stat category, outscored Hampton 35-6 during the final 15:45 of the first half and cruised into a second-round matchup with No. 7 seed LSU on Monday night.
The Blue Devils led 40-14 at halftime and were never threatened after that in extending their dominance at Cameron Indoor Stadium, where their only loss since 2008 came earlier this season to top-ranked Connecticut. They've won 13 straight NCAA tournament games here, and the average margin of victory in the first 12 was 27.
Duke shot nearly 46 percent, held a 47-31 rebounding advantage and forced 16 turnovers in winning its fourth straight and 10th in 11 games.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -Once Florida State figured out a way to keep Shanavia Dowdell in check, things finally started clicking for the Seminoles. It just took a lot longer than they planned.
Jacinta Monroe and Courtney Ward each scored 16 points, and third-seeded Florida State clamped down defensively in the second half to escape with a 75-61 win over 14th-seeded Louisiana Tech on Saturday in the NCAA women's tournament.
Chasity Clayton and Alexa Deluzio each added 10 points for Florida State (27-5), which will play St. John's in the second round of the Dayton Regional on Monday night.
Shanavia Dowdell scored 22 of her 28 points in the first half, and Jasmine Bendolph added 11 for Louisiana Tech (23-9), which was back in the NCAAs for the first time since 2006 and led by nine after 15 minutes.
Scoreless for 31 minutes, Tiffanie Shives scored 14 of her 16 points in a crucial 5-minute stretch of the second half and the seventh-seeded Bulldogs held off No. 10 seed North Carolina for a wild 82-76 win on Saturday night in the first-round of the NCAA women's tournament.
Katelan Redmon led Gonzaga with 18 points off the bench, including 16 in the first half when the Bulldogs had to rally from an early hole in front of a highly partisan crowd. Vivian Frieson added 16 points and 13 rebounds, and Heather Bowman scored 14.
Chay Shegog led North Carolina (19-12) with 19 points and Laura Broomfield added 16 points and 14 rebounds as the Tar Heels used their superior size advantage to dominate the interior. North Carolina leading scorer Italee Lucas scored 14 of her 16 points in the first half, then sat on the bench for 10 minutes of the second half suffering from cramps in her left calf and coach Sylvia Hatchell's decision to use more size on the floor. Lucas returned in the closing minutes, but was a non-factor.