Marist would not be bullied into an early exit this March.
The gutsy Red Foxes drew offensive fouls and scrapped with a bigger, more physical Ohio State team, shocking the heavily favored Buckeyes, 67-63, in the Dayton Regional last night to reach the second round for the first time in school history.
Julianne Viani made six 3-pointers, including three in an 18-5 second-half run that also featured a three by Meg Dahlman, and finished with 24 points as 13th-seeded Marist (28-5) knocked off the fourth-seeded Buckeyes (28-4).
It was a monumental night for the little-known Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, which had been 0-21 all-time in the tournament.
Ashlee Trebilcock scored 23 points for the Buckeyes, who got a quiet 13 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 assists from three-time Big Ten player of the year Jessica Davenport.
Marquette 87, Louisiana-Lafayette 58 -- Krystal Ellis and Christina Quaye each scored 17 points and the sixth-seeded Golden Eagles routed the 11th-seeded Ragin' Cajuns at Austin, Texas.
Marquette (26-6) bolted to a 30-7 first-half lead from which Louisiana-Lafayette (25-9) never recovered.
Middle Tennessee 85, Gonzaga 46 -- Chrissy Givens scored 24 points, and the fifth-seeded Blue Raiders easily kept the nation's longest winning streak alive at 27 games with a rout at Stanford, Calif.
Michelle Elliott scored 17 points, but the overmatched Zags (24-10) committed a season-high 37 turnovers and went nearly 11 minutes without a field goal in the first half when the Blue Raiders (30-3) began their rout.
Oklahoma 74, SE Missouri St. 60 -- Freshman Jenna Plumley, all 5 feet 4 inches of her, had 20 points behind six 3-pointers and Leah Rush scored 19 to lead Oklahoma (27-4) at Austin, Texas.
Sonya Daugherty led Southeast Missouri State (24-8) with 25 points.
Katie Gearlds added 11 points and FahKara Malone had 10 for Purdue (29-5), which advanced to the second round for the 11th consecutive year.
Elisha Turek finished with 16 points for Oral Roberts (22-11) and ended her career with 2,054 points.
Georgia Tech 55, DePaul 54 -- Jacqua Williams swished a running one-handed shot in the lane with two seconds left to lift the seventh-seeded Yellow Jackets (21-11) at Minneapolis.
Allie Quigley led DePaul (19-13) with 17 points.
Georgia 53, Belmont 36 -- The tournament-tested Lady Bulldogs held the newcomers from Nashville to one field goal in the final 15:22 of an ugly victory at Minneapolis.
Ashley Houts had 10 points and six assists for Georgia, but the Lady Bulldogs (26-6) won with defense, holding the Bruins (25-7) to 20 percent shooting.
Texas A&M 58, Texas-Arlington 50 -- Danielle Gant scored 20 of her 24 points in the second half to help the fourth-seeded Aggies (25-6) win at Los Angeles.
Terra Wallace had 18 points and Ashley Bobb had 10 points and 15 rebounds for the Mavericks (24-9).
Iowa State 79, Washington 60 -- Nicky Wieben scored 11 of her 18 points in the second half and Toccara Ross added 12 points to lead the sixth-seeded Cyclones (26-8) over the Huskies (18-13) at Minneapolis.
George Washington 76, Boise State 67 -- At Los Angeles, Jessica Adair dominated the inside from the opening tip, and the fifth-seeded Colonials (27-3) scored the first 19 points.
The game was LSU's first without charismatic coach Pokey Chatman, who abruptly resigned March 7 amid allegations of an improper relationship with a former player.
Longtime assistant Bob Starkey is leading the Lady Tigers (27-7) on their quest for a fourth consecutive trip to the Final Four.
Kyla Jones and Katie Baldwin each scored 7 points for UNC-Asheville (21-12), which committed 25 turnovers.
West Virginia 65, Xavier 52 -- Olayinka Sanni controlled the paint, scoring 20 points to lead the 11th-seeded Mountaineers to the win at Austin, Texas.
Amber Harris had 19 points and 10 rebounds for the sixth-seeded Musketeers (26-8), but couldn't stop Sanni.
Chakhia Cole scored 21 points for West Virginia (21-10).
Stanford 96, Idaho State 58 -- Brooke Smith made her first 10 shots on the way to a season-high 29 points, Cissy Pierce hit two early 3-pointers, and the Cardinal (29-4) breezed into the second round on their home floor.
Florida State 85, Old Dominion 75 -- At Stanford, Calif., Britany Miller scored 20 points and the Lady Seminoles (23-9) shot 58 percent to win a physical game.
The Sun Devils (29-4) pulled out the victory by outscoring UC Riverside, 19-2, after Chanel Foster's basket with just under eight minutes remaining gave the Highlanders a 48-38 lead.
UC Riverside (21-11) played without Kemie Nkele down the stretch. The Big West player of the year had 16 points before fouling out with 4:13 left.
Louisville 80, BYU 54 -- After two straight first-round exits, the sixth-seeded Cardinals advanced to the second round with a win over the 11th-seeded Cougars at Los Angeles.
Angel McCoughtry, the Big East player of the year, had 24 points and nine rebounds for Louisville (27-7).