Brandi Teamer scored 17 of her 23 points in the second half, Takisha Granberry hit two key three-pointers to help break it open and the Cavaliers celebrated their return to the NCAA tournament after a one-year absence with a 79-57, first-round victory over Old Dominion yesterday in a Tempe Region game in Minneapolis.
Sixth-seeded Virginia (21-10) advanced to the second round tomorrow night against No. 3 Minnesota, which defeated No. 14 Saint Francis (Pa.), 64-33, last night.
Virginia forward Tiffany Sardin, right, fouls Old Dominion's Shahida Williams in the second half.
(Andy King - AP)
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WHO'S YOUR DADDY?
DePaul forward Khara Smith is the daughter of Ken Norman, the former Illinois standout who played 10 seasons in the NBA.
Ohio State forward Michelle Muñoz is the daughter of Anthony Muñoz, the Pro Football Hall of Fame tackle.
ONE BIG HAPPY FAMILY
Smith and guard Charlene Smith are cousins. Teammates Rachael and Erin Carney are sisters.
Penn State guard Jennifer Harris is a cousin of Cincinnati Bengals running back Kenny Watson.
"They don't give a darn about Green Bay. . . . All six times I've been in the tournament, we've been a major flight away. If they're going to do that, why don't they put the tournament in Hawaii, and we'll go there."
-- Wisconsin-Green Bay Coach Kevin Borseth, to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
The Stevenson (Lincolnshire, Ill.) High jersey of DePaul guard Jenni Dant hangs in the women's basketball hall of fame ring of honor in Knoxville, Tenn.
AREN'T YOU FAMILIAR?
Ohio assistant coach Pete Gaudet was an assistant to Duke men's coach Mike Krzyzewski for 12 seasons. He served as Duke's interim head coach in 1994-95.
Ohio assistant coach Tamika Williams was a forward on two Connecticut Huskies national championship teams.
Wisconsin-Green Bay forward Tiffany Mor, the Horizon League player of the year, signed a scholarship offer to play softball at the school before deciding to switch sports and walk on the basketball team as a freshman.
Holy Cross center Ashley Brennan didn't start playing basketball competitively until five years ago.
Fifteen of Virginia Tech's 28 games this season were against NCAA tournament teams.
Holy Cross guard Brittany Keil has a 3.96 grade-point average in biology.
Maryland forward Liz Gilchrest is completing a dual degree in physics and civil engineering.
6-8 center Katie Feenstra, Liberty
5-3 guard Sarah Placek, Holy Cross
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Noon: No. 2 Ohio State (28-4) vs. No. 15 Holy Cross (20-10)
2:30: No. 7 Maryland (21-9) vs. No. 10 Wisconsin-Green Bay (27-3)
7: No. 5 DePaul (25-4) vs. No. 12 Virginia Tech (17-11)
9:30: No. 4 Penn State (19-10) vs. No. 13 Liberty (24-6)
DePaul: 4-9 in nine appearances
Holy Cross: 1-10 in 10 appearances
Liberty: 0-8 in eight appearances
Maryland: 13-13 in 13 appearances
Ohio State: 15-13 in 13 appearances
Penn State: 26-20 in 20 appearances
Virginia Tech: 7-7 in seven appearances
Wisconsin-Green Bay: 1-7 in seven appearances
DePaul's Allie Quigley: 74 three-pointers (48.7%)
Ohio State's Caity Matter: 66 three-pointers (43.7%)
DePaul's Khara Smith: 11.8 rpg
Maryland's Crystal Langhorne: 10.5 rpg
Maryland's Anesia Smith: 6.8 apg
Wisconsin-Green Bay's Abby Scharlow: 5.1 apg
_____ NCAA Tournament _____ • LSU opens play at Thompson-Boling Arena -- a place where the Lady Tigers have not won in 18 tries.
• SEC rivals LSU and Tennessee are set for a potential title game showdown and the ACC earns a conference-high seven bids.
• Maryland, George Washington, Virginia and Virginia Tech all get at-large bids.
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Shareese Grant scored 16 points to lead the 11th-seeded Lady Monarchs (22-9), who faded after a fast start and ended up shooting just 34.2 percent.
The game matched two of the most successful programs in the women's game. Old Dominion was making its 22nd appearance in the NCAA tournament, Virginia its 21st and both have three Final Four trips.
Old Dominion trailed 43-39 when Granberry, a freshman shooting 28 percent from three-point range, hit a three from the left corner. A minute later, she hit another from the left side, then lobbed a pass Teamer for a layup, starting a 12-4 run that stretched the lead to 58-44.
After that, the Cavaliers pounded the ball inside to the 6-foot-2 Teamer and she responded with baskets or free throws. Teamer finished 7 for 10 from the field, made all nine of her free throws and had 10 rebounds.
Tiffany Sardin also went 7 for 10 with two three-pointers, the second giving Virginia a 71-52 lead with just less than five minutes to play.
LaTonya Blue's three-pointer got the Cavaliers started on a 17-2 run, while the Lady Monarchs missed 7 of 8 shots. Virginia also started getting to the free throw line, making six straight in that stretch to open a 24-20 lead. The Cavaliers never trailed again.
OREGON 58, TEXAS CHRISTIAN 55: With Cathrine Kraayeveld scoring 23 points and Brandi Davis hitting two critical three-point baskets, the 10th-seeded Ducks upset the seventh-seeded Lady Frogs in a Tempe Region game in Seattle.
Kraayeveld made two free throws to put Oregon ahead 57-53 with 16 seconds left before Vanessa Clementino responded with a layup for TCU with 11 seconds to go. Davis made a free throw with 10 seconds left, and TCU's Ashley Davis missed a three-point attempt as the buzzer sounded.
Sandora Irvin led the Lady Frogs (23-10) with 14 points, 7 rebounds and 6 blocked shots, while Natasha Lacy and Clementino each had 10 points.
Trailing 46-38, Oregon (21-9) cut it to 46-45 on a 15-footer by Gabrielle Richards, a three-pointer by Kraayeveld and two free throws by Richards. Two free throws by Clementino put the Lady Frogs ahead, 48-45, with 5:50 left before Davis sank a three-pointer.
GEORGIA 75, RICE 49: Cori Chambers scored 19 points, one of four Georgia players in double figures, to lead the Lady Bulldogs in Dallas in a Chattanooga Region first-round game. Sherill Baker had 14 points and Janese Hardrick added 13 for No. 6 Georgia (23-9).
Lauren Neaves had 13 points and 12 rebounds for the Lady Owls (24-9).
BAYLOR 91, ILLINOIS STATE 70: In Seattle, the second-seeded Lady Bears scored the first 17 points and coasted past the 15th-seeded Redbirds in a Tempe Region first-round game.
Illinois State (13-18) missed its first eight shots and made just 9 of 29 attempts in the first half as Baylor (28-3) built a 20-point halftime lead.
TEXAS 64, ORAL ROBERTS 47: In Dallas, Nina Norman scored 20 points on 7-of-11 shooting with five assists to lead the third-seeded Longhorns in a Chattanooga Region first-round game.
Texas (22-8) won for the 13th time in 15 games. Elisha Turek, the Mid-Continent's top scorer and rebounder, had 21 points and seven rebounds for the No. 14 Golden Eagles (22-9).
ARIZONA STATE 87, EASTERN KENTUCKY 65: Emily Westerberg scored 14 of her 20 points in the first half to lead to Sun Devils past the first round for the second time in four years in the Tempe Region opener in Fresno, Calif.
Kristen Kovesdy added 18 points for No. 5 Arizona State (23-9). No. 12 Eastern Kentucky finished 23-8.
NOTRE DAME 61, UC SANTA BARBARA 51: In Fresno, Calif., Megan Duffy scored 18 points with seven free throws in the final minute to lead the fourth-seeded Irish in the first round of the Tempe Region.
Breona Gray and Courtney LaVere added 10 points apiece for Notre Dame (27-5). Mia Fisher scored 18 points for the 13th-seeded Gauchos (21-9).
MINNESOTA 64, SAINT FRANCIS (PA.) 33: In Minneapolis, Janel McCarville had 12 points, 15 rebounds and 5 blocks, and the third-seeded Gophers easily advanced to the second round of the Tempe Region.
Minnesota (25-7) had a huge home-court advantage, backed by a crowd of 11,312 mostly clad in maroon and gold. The Red Flash (21-10) ended a 14-game winning streak.