Georgia women ousted by Marist in NCAA Tournament

Marist women 76, Georgia 70

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Georgia's Tamika Willis (center) goes over the back of Marist's Leanne Ockenden in the second half. The fourth-seeded Lady Bulldogs were eliminated by the Red Foxes in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.  PHIL SEARS/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Georgia's Tamika Willis (center) goes over the back of Marist's Leanne Ockenden in the second half. The fourth-seeded Lady Bulldogs were eliminated by the Red Foxes in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Corielle Yarde and Marist kept driving into the lane, and they knocked down their foul shots over and over again.

It was too much for Georgia to overcome.

Yarde scored 21 points, Brandy Gang had 18 and the Red Foxes upset the fourth-seeded Bulldogs 76-70 on Sunday in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

No. 13 seed Marist shot 52.5 percent and made 21 of 25 free throws for its 11th straight win. Georgia, meanwhile, shot 40.3 percent and was six of eight at the line.

Casey Dulin added 11 points for the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference champions.

“We knew that we just had to throw it all out there and work as hard as we could and that’s what we did,” Gang said.

Marist’s aggressive approach also got Georgia’s Meredith Mitchell into foul trouble. She fouled out with 7:01 left.

NOTRE DAME 74, LIBERTY 43

In South Bend, Ind, Notre Dame took control on its home floor before anyone could work up a sweat.

The top-seeded Irish ran out to an 11-0 lead less than two minutes into the game and overpowered Liberty in the first round.

The Irish (31-3) will face California (25-9) on Tuesday at the Purcell Pavilion, where Notre Dame is 16-1 this season.

McBride finished with 15 points to lead Notre Dame. Devon Brown scored 16 for Liberty (24-9).

CALIFORNIA 84, IOWA 74

In South Bend, Ind., Layshia Clarendon scored 16 points and eighth-seeded California nearly lost a big lead before hanging on to beat Iowa.

The Golden Bears watched a 16-point lead slip to six when Iowa’s Kamille Wahlin and Kelly Krei hit late 3-pointers.

Wahlin led No. 9 seed Iowa (19-12) with 15 points.

ST. BONAVENTURE 72,

FLORIDA GULF COAST 65 (OT)

In Tallahassee, Fla., Megan Van Tatenhove scored 18 points, Armelia Horton had 17 and fifth-seeded St. Bonaventure rallied to beat 12th-seeded Florida Gulf Coast in overtime Sunday in the first round, snapping the Eagles’ 21-game winning streak.


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