Mary­land women hope to avoid a sec­ond-round up­set to­day. D8

QUINNIPIAC 68, MAR­QUETTE 65

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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, 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 Co­ral Gables, Fla., in a Stock­ton Re­gion first-round game in the NCAA tour­na­ment.

The Bob­cats (28-6) led by 19 mid­way through the third quar­ter, saw the lead cut to two late and then pre­vailed when Natisha Hiede­man’s three-pointer 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.

Erika Daven­port scored a game-high 21 points for Mar­quette (25-8), the Big East tour­na­ment cham­pion whose eightgame win­ning streak ended.

Quinnipiac, which has won 11 straight games, picked up its firstever NCAA tour­na­ment win.

The Bob­cats will face Mi­ami in the sec­ond round Monday.

MI­AMI 62, FLOR­IDA GULF COAST 60: Key­ona Hayes scored 16 points, in­clud­ing the go-ahead bas­ket in­side with 1.5 sec­onds left, and the fourth-seeded Hur­ri­canes (24-8) ral­lied to beat the 13thseeded Ea­gles (26-9) in Co­ral Gables, Fla.

CON­NECTI­CUT 116, AL­BANY 55: Napheesa Col­lier and Kia Nurse each scored 24 points as the top-seeded Huskies (33-0) routed the 16th-seeded seed Great Danes (21-12) in Storrs, Conn., in the Bridge­port Re­gion for the pro­gram’s 108th con­sec­u­tive win and 25th straight in the NCAA tour­na­ment.

U-Conn. is go­ing for its fifth con­sec­u­tive NCAA ti­tle.

SYRA­CUSE 85, IOWA STATE 65: Brit­tney Sykes scored 28 points and Alexis Peter­son had 25 to lead the eighth-seeded Or­ange (22-10) past the ninth-seeded Cy­clones (18-13) in Storrs, Conn.

Syra­cuse will face U-Conn. on Monday in a re­match of last year’s na­tional ti­tle game.

TEXAS A&M 63, PENN 61: Khaalia Hills­man had 27 points, and the fifth-seeded Ag­gies (22-11) over­came a 21-point deficit in the fourth quar­ter to stun the 12th-seeded Quak­ers (22-8) in Los An­ge­les for the big­gest come­back in NCAA women’s tour­na­ment his­tory.

Texas A&M will meet UCLA on Monday in a Bridge­port Re­gion sec­ond-round game.

UCLA 83, BOISE STATE 56: Jordin Canada had 15 points and 16 as­sists to help the fourth-seeded Bru­ins (24-8) beat the 13th-seeded Bron­cos (25-8) in Los An­ge­les.

ORE­GON 71, TEM­PLE 70: Ruthy He­bard hit a jumper with 5.5 sec­onds left to lift the 10thseeded Ducks (21-13) past the sev­enth-seeded Owls (24-8) in a Bridge­port Re­gion game in Durham, N.C.

Ore­gon will face Duke in the sec­ond round.

DUKE 94, HAMP­TON 31: Re­becca Green­well had 26 points and 10 re­bounds, and the sec­ond­seeded Blue Devils (28-5) routed the 15th-seeded Pi­rates (20-13) in Durham, N.C.

STAN­FORD 72, NEW MEX­ICO STATE 64: Alanna Smith had 19 points and 11 re­bounds, Kar­lie Sa­muel­son fin­ished with 17 points and the No. 2-seeded Car­di­nal (29-5) sur­vived an up­set bid to beat the No. 15-seeded Ag­gies (24-7) in Man­hat­tan, Kan., in the Lexington Re­gion.

Playing nearly 1,800 miles from home be­cause of a sched­ul­ing con­flict at Maples Pavil­ion, Stan­ford trailed by nine early on.

KANSAS STATE 67, DRAKE 54: Bre­anna Lewis had 23 points and 11 re­bounds, Kin­dred We­se­mann added 16 points and the sev­enth-seeded Wild­cats (23-10) beat the 10th-seeded Bull­dogs (28-5) in Man­hat­tan, Kan.

Kansas State eased into a matchup with Stan­ford on Monday night for a spot in the Sweet 16.

BAY­LOR 119, TEXAS SOUTH­ERN 30: Kalani Brown scored 21 points, and the top-seeded Lady Bears (31-3) over­whelmed the 16th-seeded Tigers (23-10) in an Ok­la­homa City Re­gion game in Waco, Tex., for the most lop­sided win in NCAA women’s tour­na­ment his­tory.

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

Bay­lor’s 119 points were the most ever scored in reg­u­la­tion of a NCAA women’s tour­na­ment game.

CAL­I­FOR­NIA 55, LSU 52: Asha Thomas scored 18 points and made a tiebreak­ing three with 1:19 left, and the ninth-seeded Bears (20-13) de­feated the eighth-seeded Tigers (20-12) in Waco, Tex.

Cal­i­for­nia will play Bay­lor on Monday.

LOUISVILLE 82, CHAT­TANOOGA 62: Asia Durr scored 27 points to lead the fourth-seeded Car­di­nals (28-7) past the 13thseeded Mocs (21-11) in Louisville in an Ok­la­homa City Re­gion game.

Louisville will next face Ten­nessee on Monday.

TENNESEE 66, DAY­TON 57: Di­a­mond DeShields scored 24 points to lead the fifth-seeded Lady Vols (20-11) past the 12thseeded Fly­ers (22-10) in Louisville.

OK­LA­HOMA 75, GON­ZAGA 62: Vionise Pierre-Louis had 17 points, nine re­bounds and nine blocks, and the No. 6-seeded Soon­ers (23-9) held off the 11thseeded Bull­dogs (26-7) in an Ok­la­homa City Re­gion game in Seat­tle.

Ok­la­homa will play Washington next.

WASHINGTON 91, MON­TANA STATE 63: Kelsey Plum scored 17 of her 29 points in the sec­ond half, and the third-seeded Huskies (28-5) de­feated the 14thseeded Bob­cats (25-7) in Seat­tle.

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Quinnipiac’s Aryn McClure drives against Mar­quette’s Al­lazia Block­ton. The 12th-seeded Bob­cats earned their 11th straight win.

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