ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. West Virginia couldn't take the partisan Pit crowd out of the game. But the Mountaineers still managed to knock the hometown New Mexico Lobos out of the NCAA Tournament.
Chakhia Cole scored 22 points, including the game-winning jumper with 17.5 seconds left as the No. 5 seeded Mountaineers (25-7) eked out a 61-60 win over the Lobos in the first round of the NCAA women's tournament Saturday night.
New Mexico (20-13), seeded 12th, had a last-second chance to spring the upset, but a bank shot by Brandi Kimble was too hard and Dionne Marsh's offensive rebound putback came up short.
Playing in front of a boisterous crowd of more than 12,000 fans at The Pit, the Mountaineers overcame a late scoring drought and a technical foul on point guard Ashley Powell.
Powell was whistled after going down with Kimble in a battle for a loose ball. New Mexico's Amy Beggin hit two free throws off the technical to give New Mexico a 55-52 lead with 2:35 left.
Cole tied it with a 3-pointer with 2:02 left. It was the Mountaineers' first points since the 7:14 mark.
Marsh put the Lobos back in front with two free throws with 1:40 remaining. Cole forced another tie 17 seconds later with two free throws.
Olayinka Sanni, the Mountaineers' leading scorer who sat out most of the first half in foul trouble, made it 59-57 on a layup, but New Mexico's Angela Hartill hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key with 31.6 seconds left for the Lobos' final lead.
West Virginia got the ball to Cole. She dribbled for the key, spun away from a defender and almost lost the ball, then drilled the game-winner from 10 feet.
The loss dampened a brilliant performance by Kimble, who hit a career-high five 3-pointers and had a double-double with 19 points and 11 rebounds.
RUTGERS 85, ROBERT MORRIS 42: At Des Moines, Iowa, Kia Vaughn led four players in double figures with 22 points and second-seeded Rutgers (25-6) routed 15th-seeded Robert Morris in the first round of the Greensboro Regional.
IOWA STATE 58, GEORGIA TECH 55: At Des Moines, Iowa, Alison Lacey hit a running shot in the lane with 47.4 seconds left and added two free throws to lift Iowa State (21-12) past Georgia Tech.
CALIFORNIA 77, SAN DIEGO 60: At Stanford, Calif., Ashley Walker dominated the inside with 21 points and 12 rebounds, Devanei Hampton scored 22 points and the third-seeded Golden Bears (27-6) won their first NCAA Tournament game in 15 years, beating San Diego.
GEORGE WASHINGTON 66, AUBURN 56: At Stanford, Calif., Jessica Adair had 17 points and 13 rebounds and Antelia Parrish added 15 points and seven boards, leading sixth-seeded George Washington to a hard-fought first-round win over No. 11 Auburn.
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TEXAS A&M 91, TEXAS-SAN ANTONIO 52: At Baton Rouge, La., Morenike Atunrase scored 19 points off the bench to lead second-seeded Texas A&M (27-7) to a rout of Texas-San Antonio.
HARTFORD 59, SYRACUSE 55: At Baton Rouge, La., MaryLynne Schaefer made a 3-pointer with 13 seconds left to put 10th-seeded Hartford (28-5) ahead and then added a pair of free throws to give the Hawks a victory over Syracuse.
STANFORD 85, CLEVELAND STATE 47: At Stanford, Calif., Jayne Appel scored 29 of her career-high 33 points in the first half to help the second-seeded Cardinal (31-3) roll to a victory against Cleveland State.
BAYLOR 88, FRESNO STATE 67: At Albuquerque, Angela Tisdale scored 26 points and her taller teammates dominated on the boards in Baylor's victory over Fresno State.
PITTSBURGH 63, WYOMING 58: At Albuquerque, Shavonte Zellous scored 21 points, Sophronia Sallard had 15 and Mallorie Winn hit a huge 3-pointer with 2:27 remaining to help Pittsburgh (23-10) beat Wyoming.
Justyna Podziemska led the No. 11 seeded Cowgirls (24-7) with 23 points.
VANDERBILT 75, MONTANA 47: At Albuquerque, freshman Hannah Tuomi scored 14 points, Christina Wirth added 13 and Liz Sherwood had 12 to help fourth-seeded Vanderbilt beat overmatched Montana.
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MARIST 76, DEPAUL 57: At Baton Rouge, La., Rachele Fitz scored 23 points and Marist closed the game with a 32-2 run to beat DePaul.
Julianne Viani had 16 of her 18 points in the second half for seventh-seeded Marist (32-2), which has won 23 straight games. The Red Foxes last lost a game on Dec. 12, 2007.
OKLAHOMA STATE 85, EAST TENNESSEE STATE 73: At Des Moines, Iowa, Andrea Riley had 26 points and five assists to help Oklahoma State (26-7) beat East Tennessee State.