WACO, Texas — Brittney Griner had 33 points, 10 rebounds, six blocks and another dunk, and defending champion Baylor opened the NCAA tournament with an 82-40 victory against Prairie View A&M on Sunday night.
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 consecutive game since an early-season loss to Stanford, another top seed.
KENTUCKY 61, NAVY 41
DeNesha Stallworth scored 18 points and Jennifer O’Neill added nine of her 12 points in the second half to lead Kentucky (28-5) over Navy (21-12).
NORTH CAROLINA 59,
In Newark, Del., Tierra Ruffin-Pratt scored a career-high 30 points, and North Carolina (29-6) squeezed past Albany.
WEST VIRGINIA 53
In Newark, Del., Elena Delle Donne scored 33 points and led a second-half surge that carried Delaware (31-3) past West Virginia (17-14).
ST. JOHN’S 90 (2OT)
Andrea Hoover scored a career-high 24 points and Dayton outlasted St. John’s.
NOTRE DAME 97,
In Iowa City, Iowa, Jewell Loyd scored 27 points and top-seeded Notre Dame blew past Tennessee-Martin.
Kayla McBride had 22 points and 10 rebounds for the Fighting Irish (32-1), who have won 27 straight heading into Tuesday’s second-round matchup with Iowa Natalie Achonwa added 16 points.
DUKE 67, HAMPTON 51
In Durham, N.C., Tricia Liston scored 13 of her 20 points in the second half and Duke (31-2) pulled away to beat Hampton (28-6).
IOWA 69, MIAMI 53
In Iowa City, Iowa, Samantha Logic had 23 points with 11 rebounds and host Iowa beat eighth-seeded Miami, snapping a two-game losing streak in the NCAA Tournament.
OKLAHOMA STATE 73,
In Durham, N.C., Toni Young scored 20 of her 25 points in the first half to help Oklahoma State (22-10) beat DePaul (21-12).
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PURDUE 77, LIBERTY 43
In Louisville, Ky., Courtney Moses scored 21 points, hitting 5 of 8 from 3-point range, and Purdue (25-8) routed Liberty (27-7).
MIDDLE TENNESSEE 49
In Louisville, Ky., Shoni Schimmel scored 20 points, and fifth-seeded Louisville (25-8) beat Middle Tennessee (25-8) for its fifth straight opening NCAA Tournament win under coach Jeff Walz.
FLORIDA STATE 60,
In Waco, Texas, Leonor Rodriguez and Morgan Toles each scored 12 points and Florida State beat Princeton.
The Seminoles won their 10th straight first-round game and denied the Tigers their first NCAA tournament victory.
STANFORD 72, TULSA 56
In Stanford, Calif., Chiney Ogwumike had 29 points, eight rebounds and three assists, and top-seeded Stanford pulled away in the second half from the 16th seed.
Amber Orrange added 14 points, six rebounds and three assists for the Cardinal (32-2), who needed more than a half to get rolling while playing at home in Maples Pavilion coming off final exams and a two-week layoff since winning the Pac-12 tournament.
Conference Player of the Year Ogwumike took charge in Stanford’s quest for a sixth straight Final Four after her big sister, Nneka, became the No. 1 pick in the WNBA Draft and the league’s rookie of the year with the Los Angeles Sparks.
MICHIGAN 60, VILLANOVA 52
In Stanford, Calif., Kate Thompson hit a key 3-pointer down the stretch and another late jumper to finish with 17 points, and No. 8 seed Michigan overcame a cold-shooting first half to beat ninth-seeded Villanova.
LOUISIANA STATE 75,
GREEN BAY 71
In Baton Rouge, La., Danielle Ballard capped a 16-point performance by hitting a key free throw with 4 seconds to go, and Louisiana State University held off Green Bay.
PENN STATE 85, CAL POLY 65
In Baton Rouge, La., Maggie Lucas scored 19 points, Alex Bentley added 18 and third-seeded Penn State overwhelmed NCAA Tournament newcomer Cal Poly.