Quin­nip­iac up­sets Mar­quette in opener

Bob­cats pre­vail 68-65 as game-ty­ing shot rims out

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coral gables, fla.» Quin­nip­iac coach Tri­cia Fab­bri walked across the court after the fi­nal buzzer, her arms in the air as she looked to­ward the Bob­cats’ fan base.

“Wel­come to March Mad­ness,” Fab­bri said.

And wel­come to the sec­ond round, feisty Quin­nip­iac.

Jennifer Fay scored 20 points and 12th-seeded Quin­nip­iac held on in a fran­tic fi­nal minute to up­set fifth-seeded Mar­quette 68-65 on Satur­day in a Stockton Re­gional first-round game in the NCAA Tour­na­ment. The Bob­cats (28-6) led by 19 points mid­way through the third quar­ter and saw their lead cut to two late but pre­vailed when Natisha Hiede­man’s 3pointer for Mar­quette rimmed out as time ex­pired.

“I think we re­ally flew un­justly into the NCAA Tour­na­ment,” Fab­bri said. “The only way that was go­ing to change was a win here to­day. And we took care of busi­ness.”

Paula Straut­mane scored seven of her 15 points in the fourth quar­ter for the Bob­cats, who never trailed.

B storrs, conn.» Napheesa Col­lier and Kia Nurse each scored 24 points as the pow­er­house Huskies routed Al­bany for the pro­gram’s 108th con­sec­u­tive win over­all and 25th straight in the NCAA Tour­na­ment.

Gabby Wil­liams added 20 points for UConn. She and Col­lier each pulled down 10 re­bounds for the Huskies (33-0), who are go­ing for their fifth con­sec­u­tive NCAA cham­pi­onship. They haven’t lost in the first round since 1993.

coral gables, fla.» Key­ona Hayes scored 16 points, in­clud­ing the go-ahead bas­ket with 1.5 sec­onds re­main­ing, as Mi­ami ral­lied to beat Florida Gulf Coast in the first round.

Hayes added 10 re­bounds for the Hur­ri­canes (24-8), who wasted a 13-point lead and found them­selves trail­ing twice in the fi­nal two min­utes be­fore ral­ly­ing.

Taylor Grad­in­jan’s 3-pointer for FGCU with 8.6 sec­onds left tied the game at 60. Mi­ami ad­vanced the ball out of a time­out, and the ball went to Hayes — who bulled her way in and scored on a post-up.

durham, n.c.» Ruthy He­bard hit a jumper with 5.5 sec­onds re­main­ing to lift the Ducks over the Owls the first round of the NCAA Tour­na­ment.

He­bard fin­ished with 23 points and Sab­rina Ionescu added 16 points to help Ore­gon win a wild game that fea­tured three lead changes in the fi­nal 30 sec­onds. Ore­gon ad­vanced to Mon­day night’s sec­ond round.

Al­liya Butts scored 28 points and Feyonda Fitzger­ald added 16 for the seventh-seeded Owls.

waco, texas» Kalani Brown scored 21 points and Bay­lor over­whelmed much smaller Texas South­ern in the most lop­sided women’s NCAA Tour­na­ment game ever played.

The Lady Bears (31-3) were ahead 22-0 after Alexis Jones, on her first shot in her first game since Feb. 20, hit a 3-pointer just more than six min­utes in.

The 89-point mar­gin broke the pre­vi­ous record, a 74-point win by Ten­nessee over North Carolina A&T (111-37) in 1994. Sched­ule, scores

From left, UConn’s Kia Nurse, Napheesa Col­lier, Gabby Wil­liams, Katie Lou Sa­muel­son and Saniya Chong re­act to sec­ond-half ac­tion dur­ing the Huskies’ rout of Al­bany. Jes­sica Hill, The As­so­ci­ated Press

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