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Sunday women's NCAA roundup: Double OT thriller, Baylor wins behind Griner's 33

Associated Press

Published: Sunday, March 24 2013 10:09 p.m. MDT

Baylor's Brittney Griner (42) holds the ball out of the reach of Prairie View A&M's Asha Hampton-Finch (44) as Gabrielle Scott (11) and Kiara Etienne (32) watch in the second half of a first-round game in the women's NCAA college basketball tournament, Sunday, March 24, 2013, in Waco, Texas. Baylor won 82-40.

Tony Gutierrez, Associated Press

BRIDGEPORT REGIONAL

DAYTON 96, ST. JOHN'S 90, 2 OT

NEW YORK — Andrea Hoover scored a career-high 24 points and Dayton outlasted St. John's.

It was the first double overtime game in the tournament since 2000 when Vanderbilt beat Kansas.

Brittany Wilson hit a 3-pointer and Kelley Austria had a three-point play to make it 90-86 with 2:11 left in the second extra period. After St. John's failed to score, Olivia Applewhite added a basket with 47 seconds left to seal the win.

The Red Storm (18-13) trailed by 13 with 5:30 left in regulation before rallying. Nadirah McKenith hit a layup with one-tenth of a second left in regulation to force OT. Dayton's Amber Deane tied it with 15 seconds left in OT to force a second one.

OKLAHOMA CITY REGIONAL

BAYLOR 82, PRAIRIE VIEW A&M 40

WACO, Texas — Brittney Griner had 33 points, 10 rebounds, six blocks and another dunk, and defending champion Baylor opened the NCAA tournament with an easy victory.

Griner's record 15th dunk was the first of several plays that drew big roars from the crowd with the game well in hand in the second half. The Lady Bears (33-1), the overall No. 1 seed, won their 31st straight game since an early-season loss to Stanford, another top seed. They'll play Florida State on Tuesday.

Odyssey Sims had 12 points and 10 assists, and Destiny Williams had nine points and 10 rebounds off the bench.

Gabrielle Scott led Prairie View with 14 points off the bench. The Lady Panthers (17-15) lost as a No. 16 seed for the third year in a row. Two of them were against Baylor in Waco, and the other was to Connecticut.

SPOKANE REGION

LSU 75, GREEN BAY 71

BATON ROUGE, La. — Danielle Ballard capped a 16-point performance by hitting a key free throw with 4 seconds to go, and LSU held off Green Bay.

Theresa Plaisance also scored 16, Adrienne Webb 15 and Bianca Lutley 13 for sixth-seeded LSU (21-11), which saw an 18-point lead nearly evaporate in the second half, but survived to meet Penn State in the second round Tuesday.

Sarah Eichler scored 22 for No. 11 seed Green Bay (29-3), the Horizon League champion, which had its 24-game winning streak end as it was bounced from the tournament in the first round for the first time since losing to LSU in Baton Rouge in 2009.

NORFOLK REGIONAL

DUKE 67, HAMPTON 51

DURHAM, N.C. — Tricia Liston scored 13 of her 20 points in the second half and Duke pulled away to beat Hampton.

Elizabeth Williams added 18 points and Haley Peters finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds for the second-seeded Blue Devils (31-2).

They watched Hampton trim their 19-point lead to six before recovering with a 23-8 run that gave them their 20th straight NCAA tournament-opening victory.

Keiara Avant had 18 points to lead 15th-seeded Hampton (28-6), and her jumper with just over 10 minutes left capped a furious 27-14 rally that pulled the Pirates to 46-40.

But Duke locked down defensively — forcing Hampton to miss 12 of its next 15 shots — and scored on five straight trips to regain some separation and end the Pirates' 19-game winning streak.

The Blue Devils play Oklahoma State on Tuesday night.

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