Rutgers’ Rashidat Junaid, left, blocks a shot by Robert Morris’ Grace Williams, right, during the first half Saturday in Des Moines, Iowa.AP photo
DES MOINES, Iowa — Rutgers got the fresh start it was looking for, thanks in part to an overmatched opponent.
Kia Vaughn led four players in double figures with 22 points and second-seeded Rutgers routed 15th-seeded Robert Morris 85-42 on Saturday in the first round of the Greensboro Regional.
The Scarlet Knights, who stumbled into the NCAA tournament on a two-game losing streak, will play seventh-seeded Iowa State in the second round Monday night.
Rutgers (25-6) put Robert Morris on its heels early, opening the game with a 15-2 run. The Colonials (23-10) made a brief surge by hitting six of their next eight shots, but Rutgers closed out the first half with a 30-12 spurt that squashed any notions of a comeback.
The lone bright spot for Robert Morris (23-10) came when Logan tied the Division I record for 3s in a season, 126, set by Alabama State’s Lisa McMullen in 1991. But Logan was just 3-of-15 from the field and 2-of-9 from 3-point range.
DES MOINES, Iowa — Alison Lacey hit a running shot in the lane with 47.4 seconds left and added two free throws to lift Iowa State past Georgia Tech.
The seventh-seeded Cyclones (21-12) built a 13-point lead in the second half behind freshman Kelsey Bolte’s long-range shooting, then hung on at the end.
STANFORD, Calif. — Jessica Adair had 17 points and 13 rebounds and Antelia Parrish added 15 points and seven boards, leading sixth-seeded George Washington to a hard-fought first-round win over No. 11 Auburn.
STANFORD, Calif. — Ashley Walker dominated the inside with 21 points and 12 rebounds, Devanei Hampton scored 22 points and the third-seeded Golden Bears won their first NCAA tournament game in 15 years.
BATON ROUGE, La. — Morenike Atunrase scored 19 points off the bench to lead Texas A&M to a rout of Texas-San Antonio.
The second-seeded Aggies (27-7) had an easy time with the overmatched Roadrunners (23-10), taking a lead to open the game and never relinquishing it.
BATON ROUGE, La. — MaryLynne Schaefer made a 3-pointer with 13 seconds left to put 10th-seeded Hartford ahead and then added a pair of free throws to give the Hawks a victory over Syracuse.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Angela Tisdale scored 26 points and her taller teammates dominated on the boards in Baylor’s victory over Fresno State.
Baylor (25-6), the 2005 national champion, never trailed against the Bulldogs (22-11), who were first- and short-time visitors to the tournament.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Shavonte Zellous scored 21 points, Sophronia Sallard had 15 and Mallorie Winn hit a huge 3-pointer with 2:27 remaining to help Pittsburgh beat Wyoming in the NCAA’s first round.
STANFORD, Calif. — Jayne Appel scored 29 of her career-high 33 points in the first half to help the second-seeded Stanford roll to a victory against Cleveland State.
Appel shot 14-for-19, finished two shy of tying Stanford’s NCAA tournament record and also pulled down 12 rebounds in 25 minutes. The Cardinal (31-3) won their 19th straight game without relying on Pac-10 career scoring-leader Candice Wiggins, who added 13 points.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Chakhia Cole scored 22 points, including the game-winning jumper with 17.5 seconds left and West Virginia eked out a win over New Mexico.
New Mexico (20-13) had a last-second chance to spring the upset, but a bank shot by Brandi Kimble was too hard and Dionne Marsh’s offensive rebound putback came up short.
BATON ROUGE, La. — Rachele Fitz scored 23 points and Marist closed the game with a 32-2 run to beat DePaul in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
Julianne Viani had 16 of her 18 points in the second half for seventh-seeded Marist (32-2), which has won 23 straight games. The Red Foxes last lost a game on Dec. 12, 2007.
DES MOINES, Iowa — Andrea Riley had 26 points and five assists to help Oklahoma State beat East Tennessee State.