Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Women's NCAA Tournament

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Women's NCAA Tournament

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Freshman Anriel Howard set an NCAA Tournament record with 27 rebounds, Courtney Walker scored 29 points and Texas A&M overcame the suspension of starter Courtney Williams to beat Missouri State 74-65 in the first round Saturday in College Station, Texas.

For the first half, the 13th-seeded Lady Bears hung tough, but then Walker and the Aggies (22-9) took over.

Howard shattered the NCAA record for rebounds of 23 set by Cheryl Taylor in 1985 for Tennessee Tech against Georgia.

Missouri State came out of halftime down 25-23, but a 29-point third quarter by the Aggies created too large a margin.

"Obviously, we were able to play with Texas A&M for large portions of the game," said MSU coach Kellie Harper, "just not 40 minutes. They were able to score quite a bit there in that third quarter. That just put us behind the 8-ball."

Senior Tyonna Snow scored 22 points for Missouri State, but missed the closing minutes of the game after suffering a shoulder hit to the head.

Harper said "that's not how you want to end it under the circumstances," in regards to Snow's injury, but added that she's "going to be OK, and that's the priority."


Connecticut 101, Robert Morris 49 * Freshman Katie Lou Samuelson scored 22 points as No. 1 UConn began its quest for a fourth consecutive title with a rout of No. 16 Robert Morris in Storrs, Conn.

Duquesne 97, Seton Hall 76 * Deva'Nyar Workman scored a career- high 25 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead No. 9 Duquesne to a successful NCAA debut over No. 8 Seton Hall in Storrs, Conn.

UCLA 66, Hawaii 50 * Nirra Fields scored 16 points and Monique Burke added 15 as No. 3 seed UCLA defeated a cold-shooting Hawai'i, the 14 seed, in Los Angeles.

South Florida 48, Colorado State 45 * Courtney Williams came off the bench and scored 31 points and No. 6 seed South Florida beat No. …

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