Notre Dame cruises to opening round win

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Arike Ogunbowale scored 23 points and teammate Jessica Shepard had a double-double as No. 1 seed Notre Dame beat 16th-seed Bethune-Cookman 92-50 on Saturday in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament.

Ogunbowale hit 8-of-15 shots while adding three steals for the Fighting Irish (31-3), who never trailed in the Chicago Regional game.

Shepard, who had her 15th double-double of the season by halftime, finished with 22 points and 13 rebounds, her 55th double-double in a career that started at Nebraska in 2015.

Angel Golden had 25 points for coach Vanessa Blair-Lewis’ Lady Wildcats (21-11), who won the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Tournament and were playing in their first NCAA tournament ever.

ALBANY REGION

No. 3 MARYLAND 73, No. 14 RADFORD 51

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Taylor Mikesell scored 16 points, Kaila Charles had 14 points and nine rebounds, and Maryland used a relentless defensive effort to overpower Radford.

Stephanie Jones added 12 points and Shakira Austin tallied 11 for the Terrapins (29-4), who advanced to the second round for the 15th time in 15 tries under coach Brenda Frese.

Mikesell, a freshman guard, made four 3-pointers to set the school single-season record of 94. Jones made all six of her shots in the first half and Charles helped Maryland finish with a 46-40 rebounding advantage.

Destinee Walker scored 15 points for Radford (26-7), the Big South champions.

GREENSBORO REGION

No. 6 KENTUCKY 82, No. 11 PRINCETON 77

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Taylor Murray scored 14 of her 19 points in the second half, and Kentucky beat Princeton.

Maci Morris added 19 points, freshman Rhyne Howard had 15 and Tatyana Wyatt finished with 12 to help the Wildcats (25-7) reach the second round of the Greensboro Region.

Kentucky, one of the nation’s leaders in turnover margin, turned Princeton’s 16 turnovers into 22 points and shot 50 percent but could never get comfortable against the 11th-seeded Tigers.

Ivy League player of the year Bella Alarie finished with 20 points, 15 rebounds and five assists for Princeton (22-10). Gabrielle Rush added 22 points with six 3-pointers, while Sydney Jordan scored a career-high 17 points.

PORTLAND REGION

No. 6 SOUTH DAKOTA STATE 76, No. 11 QUINNIPIAC 65

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Macy Miller scored 27 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead South Dakota State over Quinnipiac.

The victory was the 17th straight for the Jackrabbits (27-6).

Myah Selland chipped in with 14 points and nine boards for South Dakota State and Madison Guebert added 11 points.

Jen Fay led Quinnipiac (26-7) with 25 points and nine rebounds. Paula Strautmane had 15 points. The loss snapped the Bobcats’ 21-game winning streak.

South Dakota State dominated on the boards, outrebounding Quinnipiac 49-34.

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