NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Tricia Liston scored 22 points and second-seeded Duke started strong and beat 15th-seeded Samford 82-47 on Sunday night in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament.
Freshman Elizabeth Williams, the ACC Defensive Player of the Year, had 11 points and three rebounds whole playing despite a stress fracture in her lower right leg. She is Duke’s top scorer and rebounder.
Duke (25-5) opened the game on a 23-7 run en route to a 40-22 halftime lead. The Blue Devils made nearly 52 percent of their shots overall and were 22 of 25 from the foul line.
Taylor Reece led Samford (20-13) with 10 points.
ST. JOHN’S 69, CREIGHTON 67
In Norman, Okla., Nadirah McKenith scored on a coast-to-coast layup with 0.1 seconds left, lifting third-seeded St. John’s to a dramatic victory over Creighton in the first round.
McKenith finished with 21 points and Da’Shena Stevens scored 12 for the Red Storm (23-9.
Ally Jensen scored 15 points and Tritz had 14 for 14th-seeded Creighton (20-13), the Missouri Valley Conference champion.
VANDERBILT 60, MIDDLE TENNESSEE 46
In Nashville, Tenn., Jasmine Lister scored 19 points and led seventh-seeded Vanderbilt past in-state rival Middle Tennessee in the first round.
Vanderbilt (23-9) led 25-18 at halftime and used a 20-5 run in the second half to pull away from 10th-seeded Middle Tennessee.
Kortni Jones led Middle Tennessee (26-7) with 12 points.
OKLAHOMA 88, MICHIGAN 67
In Norman, Okla., Aaryn Ellenberg scored 21 of her 28 points in the second half, Whitney Hand added 12 points and 10 rebounds and Oklahoma defeated Michigan in the first round.
Playing on their home court, the Sooners (21-12) took control with an early 14-4 run and never trailed.
Carmen Reynolds finished with 20 points to lead the Wolverines