Rally Madness descends into the NCAA Women’s Championship

March Madness is finally part of the NCAA Women’s Championship and the first round fits that phrase aptly so far.

Six double-digit seeds have already advanced to the round of 32 – just short of the seventh record set in 1998. This does not include two surprises close to two 14-seeds.

South Carolina, Stanford and Ocon also made history on the defensive end. The Gamecocks broke the previous marks for points allowed in a match and at half-time defeating Howard. The Cardinals and the Husky became the second and third teams that did not allow a point in the quarter in their easy wins.

Stanford added another piece of history: Fran Pellepi’s dip in the break. She became the third women’s basketball player to sink in an NCAA Championship game, joining Candice Parker and Britney Greiner.

Earlier in the week, the Women’s Basketball Championship saw its first-ever four-teams; The men’s field expanded to 68 teams in 2011.

It’s been too long according to Florida State coach Sue Simrao, whose team lost to Missouri State in it.

“It’s been a long time since this wasn’t part of the women’s tournament,” Simrao said. “It’s a learning process, but it was so vital.”

The 14th seed, Jackson State and UT Arlington competed for their first-ever women’s championship wins for that seed, taking the lead in the fourth quarter before failing.

It wasn’t all crazy in the opening rounds. The #1 and #2 seeders had easy wins, winning an average of 38 points per game.

Here are some other highlights from the first round of 64:

Catch that tiger!

11th-seeded Princeton Tiger won his second-ever NCAA game by defeating sixth-seeded Kentucky. The Tigers have won 18 straight games and will try to advance to the Sweet 16 for the first time when they face Indiana on Monday night. Princeton was undefeated in 2015 heading to the NCAAs before beating Wisconsin-Green Bay in the NCAA opener, but fell to hosts Maryland in the second round. The Ivy League racked up another NCAA game win – when Harvard achieved the only 16th seeded win by defeating Stanford in 1998.

Aid to Ukraine

Stanford coach Tara Vandeverere has announced that she will donate $10 for every 3 pointers made in the tournament to Ukraine’s aid efforts, and some of her coaching friends in both the men’s and women’s fields have agreed to participate as well, including Bruce Pearl and Don Staley. . Staley was hoping coaches could also use their platform to raise money with each tournament revival to help the homeless in places like Columbia, South Carolina or Staley’s Philadelphia.

Summit

It was a great start to the Big 12 Championship, which won its first five matches. Baylor, Texas, Kansas, Kansas, and Iowa were victorious. Oklahoma played later on Saturday night.

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More AP coverage of March Madness: https://apnews.com/hub/march-madness, https://apnews.com/hub/womens-college-basketball, and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25

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