UConn women's basketball makes history in 140-52 victory

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Most points in a half, NCAA tournament and overall: The Huskies led 94-31 at halftime, breaking the tournament record of 66 set by Oklahoma in the second half against DePaul in 2014.

The 88-point win is the second largest in history in either the men's or women's tournament. Baylor beat Texas Southern by 89 in the 2017 tournament.

The Huskies also set a program record for most points in a game. The previous record was Long Beach State's 80 points in 1987. Yes, 94 points in one half, and, yes, 140 total points.

Cierra Dillard scored a career-high 36 points and Buffalo got its first women's NCAA Tournament victory as it defeated South Florida, 102-79.

Notre Dame (30-3) vs. Villanova (23-8), 6 p.m. Kitija Laksa led South Florida (26-8), which was seeded sixth, with 28 points. Junior Samuelson (10 assists) and senior Nurse (10 rebounds) also had the first double-doubles of their careers.

Tori Lasker led the Trojans (23-10) with 13 points and Keanna Keys added 11.

The Red Flash, champions of the Northeastern Conference tournament, entered the NCAA tournament averaging 80.8 points per game, and they are accustomed to pushing the ball as much as possible. Alabama set the original record in 1995 with 121 points in four overtimes.

ATHENS, Ga. - Caliya Robinson had 23 points and 16 rebounds, Mackenzie Engram added 21 points and 10 rebounds, and Georgia held off Mercer.

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The two shot a combined 20-of-34 from the field and 6-of-14 from three-point range. "Everybody's gotta get in the ring and play". It will be top seed Villanova against No. 9 Alabama in the second round of the East Regional Saturday at Pittsburgh.

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Que Morrison finished with 10 points and nine rebounds for the fourth-seeded Lady Bulldogs, who advanced to face Duke on Monday night.

Megan Gustafson scored 29 points and had 17 rebounds for the Hawkeyes (24-8).

Kylie Smith led Belmont with 20 points. Sixteenth-seeded Nicholls (19-14) was led by Tykeria Williams' 16 points. Jessica Kovatch, who came in as the nation's second leading scorer at just under 25 points per game, finished with nine, all in the second half. She and her teammates dominated inside, outrebounding the Tigers 40-27. "So, we shot a million 3s and we didn't make them".

Micaela Kelly had 17 points for Central Michigan, and Presley Hudson added 12. Chloe Jackson had 24 points for LSU (19-10).

But it allowed St. Francis to do what it does. Alabama attempted 52 3's during the 1995 tournament.

STANFORD, Calif. - China Dow scored 21 points and played stingy defense in the paint against Missouri star Sophie Cunningham, and Florida Gulf Coast pulled off an upset in the Lexington Regional.

For most people, the only question going in was "How many points will they win by?"

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