NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament 2019: Saturday Scores, Subregionals Bracket

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistMarch 23, 2019

Michigan State's Shay Colley (0) and Victoria Gaines (15) hug as they walk off the court following their 88-87 win over Central Michigan in a first-round game in the NCAA women's college basketball tournament in South Bend, Ind., Saturday, March 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Robert Franklin)
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Saturday marked Day 2 of the 2019 women's NCAA tournament, with first-round action heating up as teams looked to claim the remaining sports in the round of 32.

Below is a look at Saturday's games.


2019 Women's NCAA Tournament First Round Schedule/Results — Saturday

No. 1 Notre Dame def. No. 16 Bethune-Cookman 92-50

No. 6 Kentucky def. No. 11 Princeton 82-77

No. 3 Maryland def. No. 14 Radford 73-51

No. 6 South Dakota State def. No. 11 Quinnipiac 76-65

No. 3 NC State def. No. 14 Maine 63-51

No. 3 Syracuse def. No. 14 Fordham 70-49

No. 6 UCLA def. No. 11 Tennessee 89-77

No. 9 Michigan State def. No. 8 Central Michigan 88-87

No. 5 Gonzaga def. No. 12 Little Rock 68-51

No. 11 Missouri State def. No. 6 DePaul 89-78

No. 8 California def. No. 9 North Carolina 92-72

No. 7 BYU def. No. 10 Auburn 73-64

No. 1 Baylor def. No. 16 Abilene Christian 95-38

No. 2 Stanford def. No. 15 UC Davis 79-54

No. 3 Iowa State def. No. 14 New Mexico State 97-61

No. 4 Oregon State def. No. 13 Boise State 80-75 (OT)



The full bracket for the 2019 women's NCAA tournament can be viewed at NCAA.com.


Notre Dame 92, Bethune-Cookman 50

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish got their title defense off to a good start by cruising past the 16th-seeded Bethune-Cookman Wildcats on Saturday.

Notre Dame dominated from the start, scoring the first six points of the game. The lead quickly grew to double digits, and by the time halftime arrived, it was a 51-19 margin.

Fighting Irish Jessica Shepard made her presence felt early and often, recording a double-double (12 points and 10 rebounds in the first half) before the break. She finished with 22 points and 13 rebounds.

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Reigning NCAA tournament Most Outstanding Player Arike Ogunbowale scored a team-high 23 points, while forward Brianna Turner added 19 points and nine rebounds.

Angel Golden had 25 points for the Wildcats in the loss.


Kentucky 82, Princeton 75

Early on, the upset-minded Princeton Tigers gave the sixth-seeded Kentucky Wildcats all they could handle.

Trailing 37-33 at the half, Kentucky was on full upset alert. However, the Wildcats managed to save their season with a strong second-half performance.

Kentucky used a late 9-0 run to close out the third quarter in order to gain control of the game. The lead would grow to double digits early in the fourth.

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Princeton continued to battle, though, refusing to go down without a fight. The Tigers clawed back to make it a two-possession game in the final minute, but they were unable to complete the comeback.

Each team had four players in double figures. Seniors Maci Morris and Taylor Murray led the way for Kentucky with 19 points apiece, and Gabrielle Rush scored a game-high 22 for Princeton.


No. 3 Maryland 73, No. 14 Radford 51

A balanced attack led by freshman Taylor Mikesell helped Maryland go wire-to-wire en route to a comfortable victory.

The Terrapins jumped out to a 16-2 lead and never looked back.

Mikesell made four treys while recording a game-high 16 points, establishing a new program record in the process:

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Kaila Charles (14 points), Stephanie Jones (12) and Shakira Austin (11) joined Mikesell in double figures for Maryland.

Destinee Walker led Radford with 15 points.


No. 6 South Dakota State 76, No. 11 Quinnipiac 65

South Dakota State's Macy Miller and Quinnipiac's Jen Fay put on a show in their head-to-head battle, but only Miller and the Jackrabbits were able to move on.

Miller notched a double-double while going off for 28 points and hauling in 11 boards. Meanwhile, Fay did her best to keep her team in the game, going 10-of-18 from the floor for 25 points.

In the end, South Dakota State was too much for Quinnipiac. Myah Selland added 16 points and nine rebounds for the Jackrabbits.


No. 3 NC State 63, No. 14 Maine 51

While the 14th-seeded Maine Black Bears provided a stern test early on, the NC State Wolfpack used a late first-quarter run to start to pull away.

NC State ended the opening period on a 10-0 run, and it would stretch the lead to double figures as the second quarter progressed. And just like in the first quarter, the Wolfpack closed the second quarter on fire, scoring the final 11 points of the half.

That made it a 17-point game entering the break, and that proved to be too much for Maine to overcome.

Kiara Leslie paced the Wolfpack with 20 points, and Parise Rossignol had 19 for the Black Bears.


No. 9 Michigan State 88, No. 8 Central Michigan 87

There was no shortage of drama when the Spartans and Chippewas met on the court on Saturday.

Michigan State controlled the game early on, grabbing a double-digit lead late in the opening period. However, Central Michigan chipped away at the lead and ultimately made it a one-point game in the second.

The Spartans managed to gain some breathing room by opening up an 11-point lead in the third, but once again the Chippewas refused to fold.

It was a back-and-forth battle down the stretch, with the two teams exchanging leads throughout the final six minutes.

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While a Presley Hudson triple with 21 seconds to play appeared to put Central Michigan in position to advance, it was a layup by Michigan State's Shay Colley with seven seconds to play that proved to be the difference.

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Colley finished the game with 13 points.

Hudson (20 points), Reyna Frost (34) and Micaela Kelly (24) combined to score all but nine of the Chippewas' 87 points.


Syracuse 70, Fordham 49

Fordham gave Syracuse all it could handle in the opening period, but the final three quarters were all Orange.

Trailing by one after 10 minutes of action, Syracuse used a 14-0 run in the opening two-plus minutes of the second to move out in front. From that point on, it never looked back.

Tiana Mangakahia's all-around effort (21 points, 11 assists, eight rebounds and five steals) helped the Orange cruise to victory in the second half. Gabrielle Cooper provided 13 points in support.


UCLA 89, Tennessee 77

After the Bruins dominated the opening quarter, the Lady Vols battled all the way back to make a game of it down the stretch.

However, UCLA made enough plays late to hold off the upset charge.

It took the Bruins just over four minutes to open up a double-digit lead, and by the end of the first quarter, the Lady Vols were being doubled up 28-14. However, they slowly chipped away at the deficit over the next two quarters before evening the score at 52-all late in the third.

The two squads traded leads throughout the fourth. But once UCLA sophomore Michaela Onyenwere (22 points and 15 rebounds) gave her team a 72-70 lead with 3:16 to play, the Bruins never looked back. That sparked a 10-0 run that put the game out of reach.

Kennedy Burke (19 points) scored eight points over the final three minutes and two seconds, and Japreece Dean (14 points) going six-of-six from the line in the final 98 seconds helped ice the game.

Tennessee sophomore Rennia Davis had 21 points in a losing effort.


Gonzaga 68, Little Rock 51

There was no hint of an upset in this 5-12 clash.

From the moment Katie Campbell hit a three-pointer just nine seconds in, the game was essentially over. The Bulldogs stormed out to a 16-0 lead and held a 21-2 advantage after the opening quarter.

While Little Rock trimmed a 21-point deficit down to 12 by halftime, the Trojans were never able to put much of a scare into the Bulldogs.

Campbell finished the game with 15 points, seven rebounds and two blocks.


Missouri State 89, DePaul 78

Eleventh-seeded Missouri State pulled off one of the biggest upsets of the tournament to date by taking down DePaul in the first round.

After an even first quarter, the Lady Bears opened up a double-digit lead just before halftime. A 19-10 edge in the second gave them some breathing room heading into the break.

The Blue Demons were never able to cut the margin below seven in the second half before the Lady Bears began to run away with the game. With less than six minutes to play, Missouri State had grown its lead to 21, leaving little doubt in the outcome.

The upset charge was led by four Lady Bears players reaching double figures, led by Alexa Willard (20 points) and Danielle Gitzen (20).


California 92, North Carolina 72

North Carolina threatened to run away with this one early on, but Cal battled back and found a way to turn the tables.

Led by Shayla Bennett and Janelle Bailey, the Tar Heels doubled up the Golden Bears in the first quarter. It was a different story in the second, though, as Cal cut Carolina's lead to a single point in the final minute of the half.

The Golden Bears withstood a strong start by the Tar Heels coming out of the locker rooms, and eventually, they pulled away for a comfortable victory. They wound up outscoring their opponent by 10-plus points in each of the final two quarters.

After putting up 11 apiece in the first half, Bennett and Bailey combined for just seven points in the second half in the loss.

Double-double machine Kristine Anigwe led Cal to victory with a monster performance that featured 18 points and 22 boards.

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Asha Thomas had a team-high 19 points for the Golden Bears.


BYU 73, Auburn 64

BYU grabbed a double-digit lead early in the second half to create some separation from 10th-seeded Auburn, but the Tigers hung around and forced the Cougars to sweat out an upset bid.

With the score tied at 30 apiece in the opening minutes of third quarter, BYU went on a 13-2 run to seize control. The lead would grow to 15 early in the fourth, but Auburn would apply pressure by making it a four-point game with less than two minutes to play.

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That's as close as it would get, though, as the Cougars made enough plays to close out the victory.

Brenna Chase led BYU with 19 points and seven assists.


Stanford 79, UC Davis 54

This one was over before it ever had a chance to get interesting.

Stanford scored the first 15 points of the game, and it didn't get any better for UC Davis the rest of the way. Tara VanDerveer's squad shot 49.2 percent from the floor while knocking down 10 triples.

Cardinal guard Kiana Williams scored 11 points in the first and finished the game with 19. Alanna Smith added 21 points and seven rebounds.


Baylor 95, Abilene Christian 38

Looking to win their first national title since 2012, the Baylor Lady Bears couldn't have gotten started in a more dominating fashion.

Baylor raced out to a 20-0 start against Abilene Christian, and after a Wildcats three-pointer late in the first, the Lady Bears proceeded to score the next 15 points of the game to grab a 35-3 stranglehold on this contest before the midway point of the second quarter arrived.

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Lady Bears center Kalani Brown had 17 points and 11 rebounds in the victory.


Iowa State 97, New Mexico State 61

Powered by a dominant second quarter, Iowa State was able to end all thoughts of an upset by halftime.

New Mexico State managed to stay within two possessions for much of the opening quarter, but the Cyclones put the game away by outscoring the 14th-seeded Aggies 27-10 in the second.

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That created a hole too big for New Mexico State to climb out of.


Oregon State 80, Boise State 75 (OT)

Thirteenth-seeded Boise State appeared to be on the verge of upsetting the fourth-seeded Beavers, but it could not finish off the job, falling in overtime after failing to protect a lead late in regulation.

Oregon State led 29-15 with just more than five minutes to play in the opening half. Over the next 15 minutes, though, the Broncos outscored the Beavers 32-16 to take a lead into the final period.

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Boise State controlled play for the majority of the final 10 minutes, though its lead never exceeded four points.

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Failing to gain any cushion proved costly. Oregon State senior Katie McWilliams made a pair of free throws to tie the score at 66-all with 8.5 seconds to play.

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That set up a five-minute overtime period with a trip to the second round on the line.

Taya Corosdale powered Oregon State to a 14-9 edge in the extra session with six points, including two free throws with seven seconds remaining to ice the game. Boise State's Rachel Bowers also had five in overtime, but it wasn't enough.

Mikayla Pivec and Aleah Goodman each had 20 points to power the Beavers to victory. Marta Hermida had 22 points for the Broncos in a losing effort.