BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis scored 21 points to help top-seeded Connecticut beat Prairie View A&M 83-47 on Saturday in the opening round of the women’s NCAA Tournament.
Mosqueda-Lewis matched the school record set by Jamelle Elliott in 1993 for points by a Huskies player in her first tournament game.
Bria Hartley added 18 points and Stefanie Dolson had all 15 of her points in the first half for the Huskies (30-4), who will face eighth-seeded Kansas State in the second round of the Kingston Regional on Monday.
The Huskies hadn’t played in 11 days since winning the Big East championship game March 6. They showed little rust on offense, but took a half to get back to playing their superior defensive. Connecticut leads the nation in scoring defense, giving up just under 46 points per game.
Latia Williams scored 20 points to lead Prairie View (17-16).
KANSAS STATE 67, PRINCETON 64
In Bridgeport, Conn., Branshea Brown scored a career-high 22 points and grabbed seven rebounds to lead Kansas State.
Janala Childs added 15 points for the Wildcats (20-13).
Niveen Rasheed had 20 points, and Lauren Edwards and Devona Allgood each scored 15 for Princeton (24-5). The Tigers lost for the first time in 18 games and for the third consecutive year in the first round of the tournament.
The win was the first in the tournament for Kansas State since 2009.
KENTUCKY 68, MCNEESE STATE 62
In Ames, Iowa, Keyla Snowden scored 11 points, Azia Bishop added 10 and Kentucky squeaked past McNeese State.
SEC Player of the Year A’dia Mathies had only six points for the Wildcats (26-6), who struggled to put away the Cowgirls until late in the second half.
Caitlyn Baggett had 22 points and Hull scored 20 with 13 rebounds for McNeese State (26-8).
GREEN BAY 71, IOWA STATE 57
In Ames, Iowa, Lydia Bauer and Sarah Eichler each scored 16 points and seventh-seeded Green Bay rolled over host Iowa State.
Adrian Ritchie added 15 for the Phoenix (31-1), who’ll take on second-seeded Kentucky in the second round Monday night.
Hallie Christofferson led five players in double figures with 12 points for Iowa State (18-13).
GONZAGA 86, RUTGERS 73
In Spokane, Wash., Kayla Standish scored 23 points to lift Gonzaga over Rutgers.
Playing before a big crowd on its home floor, Gonzaga (27-5) mostly handled Rutgers’ press and used a 3-point barrage in the second half to hold off the Scarlet Knights. Haiden Palmer added 21 points for the Bulldogs.
Erica Wheeler had 28 points for Rutgers (22-10), and Khadijah Rushdan added 14.
MIAMI 70, IDAHO STATE 41
In Spokane. Wash., Shenise Johnson scored 20 points and added four assists as Miami beat overmatched Idaho State.
Third-seeded Miami (26-5) will play 11th-seeded Gonzaga on Monday.
Ashleigh Vella led Idaho State (24-8) with 12 points. The 14th-seeded Bengals were winners of the Big Sky Conference Tournament.