Georgia Tech women beat Sacred Heart in NCAA Tournament opener

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Georgia Tech's Sydney Wallace puts up a shot against Sacred Heart's Gabrielle Washington. Wallace had 28 points in the victory Sunday.  JIM R. BOUNDS/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Georgia Tech's Sydney Wallace puts up a shot against Sacred Heart's Gabrielle Washington. Wallace had 28 points in the victory Sunday.

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Georgia Tech made everything look easy against outmanned Sacred Heart – nobody more so than freshman Sydney Wallace.

She scored a season-high 28 points to lead the Yellow Jackets past Sacred Heart 76-50 on Sunday in the first round of the Des Moines Regional.

Wallace finished 11 of 13 while Sasha Goodlett added 12 points and 11 rebounds. They helped Georgia Tech (25-8) set the school’s single-season wins record and avoid being upset in the first round of the NCAA Tournament for the second time in three years.

Gabrielle Washington had 13 points and Callan Taylor added 10 for Sacred Heart (27-6).

BAYLOR 81, UC SANTA BARBARA 40

In Bowling Green, Ohio, Brittney Griner scored 14 points in only 22 minutes, and top-seeded Baylor rolled to a win over 16th-seeded UC Santa Barbara.

Brooklyn Pope scored 13 points for the Lady Bears (35-0) and Destiny Williams added 12. Odyssey Sims contributed 10. Baylor has not lost since falling in the quarterfinals of last year’s NCAA Tournament.

Emilie Johnson scored 10 points for UCSB (17-16) but the Gauchos were overmatched as expected. They swarmed Griner early and prevented her from dominating, but Baylor has plenty of other options.

The Lady Bears move on to the second round, where they’ll face ninth-seeded Florida on Tuesday night.

GEORGETOWN 61, FRESNO STATE 56

In Chapel Hill, N.C., Tia Magee scored 17 points and Georgetown held on to beat Fresno State in the
first round.

Adria Crawford and Sugar Rodgers added 11 points apiece for the fifth-seeded Hoyas (23-8).

FLORIDA 70, OHIO STATE 65

In Bowling Green, Ohio, quick on the perimeter and relentless on the boards, Lanita Bartley, Jennifer George and the rest of the Gators were a step ahead of Ohio State from the very start.

George had 16 points and six rebounds and Bartley added 15 points to lead ninth-seeded Florida to a win over eighth-seeded Ohio State.

Tayler Hill scored 23 points for Ohio State.

KANSAS 57, NEBRASKA 49

In Little Rock, Ark., Angel Goodrich scored 20 points to lead 11th-seeded Kansas to a win over former Big 12 rival and sixth-seeded Nebraska.

The Jayhawks (20-12) led by as many as 10 points in the first half and held on in the second for their first NCAA Tournament win since 1999.

DELAWARE 73, ARKANSAS-LITTLE ROCK 42

In Little Rock, Ark., Elena Delle Donne had 39 points and 11 rebounds to lift third-seeded Delaware to a victory over 14th-seeded Arkansas-Little Rock

The Blue Hens (31-1) earned their first victory in three NCAA Tournament appearances and ran their winning streak to 21 in a row.


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