Elena Tsineke's jumper with 31.2 seconds left lifted eighth-seeded South Florida to a 67-65 overtime win over ninth-seeded Marquette in the first round of the NCAA Tournament's Greenville 1 Regional on Friday in Columbia, S.C.
"What a way to start the NCAA Tournament," South Florida coach Jose Fernandez said.
Marquette's Mackenzie Hare missed two 3-point attempts in the final 10 seconds, including one with three seconds left. Marquette (21-11) was led by Chloe Marotta's 25 points and seven rebounds.
Dulcy Fankam Mendjiadeu had 22 points and 16 rebounds for the Bulls (27-6), with Tsineke adding 13 points.
South Florida rallied from an 11-point deficit with 2:40 left in the third quarter to take a 59-55 lead with 31 seconds to play. But Marquette made four free throws, including the final two by Hare with three seconds left, to force overtime.
"This game says we just simply don't give up," Tsineke said.
GREENVILLE REGIONAL 1
No. 1 South Carolina 72, No. 16 Norfolk State 40
The defending national champion Gamecocks (33-0) jumped out to a 20-7 lead and never looked back en route to their 39th straight victory.
Zia Cooke had 11 points and five rebounds, while Laeticia Amihere came off the bench to add 11 points for South Carolina, playing at home in Columbia.
The Spartans (26-7) were led by Kierra Wheeler's 13 points and eight rebounds, with Niya Fields chipping in 10 points and five rebounds.
No. 2 Maryland 93, No. 15 Holy Cross 61
Maryland jumped out to a 14-0 lead and a 23-4 advantage after the first quarter on its way to an easy win over the Crusaders in College Park, Md.
The Terrapins (26-6) were led by Brinae Alexander, who came off the bench to record 18 points and six rebounds. Diamond Miller added 13 points and eight rebounds, with Shyanne Sellers (13 points, 8 assists) and Faith Masonius (10 points) also finishing in double figures in scoring.
Holy Cross (24-9) was led by Simone Foreman and Mary-Elizabeth Donnelly, who each came off the bench to score 13 and 10 points, respectively.
No. 3 Notre Dame 82, No. 14 Southern Utah 56
The Fighting Irish scored the game's first 16 points and led by as many as 33 points in the third quarter to beat the Thunderbirds in South Bend, Ind. Maddy Westbeld led Notre Dame with 20 points and five assists, while Lauren Ebo had 14 points and 10 rebounds.
Sonia Citron finished with 14 points and six assists and Kylee Watson recorded 12 points and seven rebounds for the Fighting Irish (26-5), who outrebounded Southern Utah 53-25. The Thunderbirds (23-10) were led by Megan Jensen's 11 points and five rebounds.
No. 7 Arizona 75, No. 10 West Virginia 62
Cate Reese had 25 points and six rebounds and Shaina Pellington added 18 points as the Wildcats never trailed against the Mountaineers in College Park, Md.
Arizona (22-9) led by as many as 12 in the first quarter and never looked back against West Virginia (19-12), which was led by Ja'Naiya Quinerly's 19 points and eight rebounds.
GREENVILLE REGIONAL 2
No. 6 Michigan 71, No. 11 UNLV 59
Emily Kiser had 18 points and 10 rebounds and Maddie Nolan scored 18 points as the Wolverines cruised to a win over the Rebels in Baton Rouge, La.
Leigha Brown chipped in 17 points and seven assists for Michigan (23-9). UNLV (31-3) was led by Essence Booker's 16 points, with Justice Ethridge and Desi-Rae Young adding 11 points apiece.
SEATTLE REGIONAL 4
No. 2 Iowa 95, No.15 Southeastern Louisiana 43
Caitlin Clark had 26 points, 12 assists and seven rebounds to lead the Hawkeyes' blowout of the Lions in Iowa City.
Monika Czinano added 22 points and eight rebounds and Hannah Stuelke chipped in 13 points for Iowa (27-6). The Lions (21-10) were led by Cierria Cunningham's 15 points, while Chrissy Brown had eight points and eight rebounds.
No. 10 Georgia 66, No. 7 Florida State 54
The Bulldogs opened the fourth quarter on a 12-0 run to take a 57-40 lead with 7:43 left and cruise into the second round for the third straight season behind Diamond Battles' 21 points in Iowa City.
Audrey Warren added 11 points, six rebounds and five assists and Jordan Isaacs chipped in 10 points and six rebounds for the Bulldogs (22-11). The Seminoles (23-10) were paced by Erin Howard's 19 points and nine rebounds, while Taylor O'Brien had 15 points and four rebounds.
--Field Level Media