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March 18th, 2007 8:09 pm by Associated Press

STANFORD, Calif. - Middle Tennessee flashed, trapped and ran like crazy.

Gonzaga never had a chance in its NCAA tournament debut.

Chrissy Givens moved up yet another spot on the school's scoring list with 24 points, and the fifth-seeded Blue Raiders easily kept the nation's-longest winning streak alive at 27 games with an 85-46 victory in the first round Saturday night.

It had to be one of the most impressive defensive displays of the day - and Middle Tennessee (30-3) is on to the second round of the Dayton Regional on Monday night looking for the school's first trip to the round of 16.

Michelle Elliott scored 17 points and Katy Ridenour added 10 in her final college game, 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.

AUSTIN, Texas - There's more to the Oklahoma Sooners than Courtney Paris.

Just enough, it turns out, for the third-seeded Sooners to hold off No. 14 Southeast Missouri State in the first round of the Dayton Regional.

Freshman Jenna Plumley, all 5-foot-4 of her, had 20 points behind six 3-pointers and Leah Rush scored 19 to lead Oklahoma (27-4).

Sonya Daugherty led Southeast Missouri State (24-8) with 25 points in the Dayton Regional's opening game. The Redhawks trailed 64-58 with four minutes to play before Plumley hit her fifth 3-pointer, then buried another 60 seconds later to make it 70-60. Plumley also had seven assists.

Paris, one of the most dominating players in the country, struggled the entire game but still got her 59th consecutive double-double with a burst in the final five minutes to finish with 13 points and 11 rebounds.

AUSTIN, Texas - With a fast start in front of almost empty arena, Marquette was off and running past Louisiana-Lafayette.

Krystal Ellis and Christina Quaye each scored 17 points and sixth-seeded Marquette routed the 11th-seeded Ragin' Cajuns.

Marquette (26-6) bolted to a 30-7 first half lead from which Louisiana-Lafayette (25-9) never recovered in its first NCAA tournament game.

MINNEAPOLIS - The tournament-tested Lady Bulldogs held the newcomers from Nashville to one field goal in the final 15:22 of an ugly first-round victory.

Ashley Houts had 10 points and six assists for Georgia (26-6), which held the Bruins (25-7) to 20 percent shooting and forced 22 turnovers.

The two teams combined to miss 82 shots and turn over the ball 35 times.

MINNEAPOLIS - Nicky Wieben scored 11 of her 18 points in the second half and Toccara Ross added 12 points to lead the Cyclones into the second round against Georgia.

Iowa State (26-8) overcame a shoddy start by shutting down Huskies star Cameo Hicks early.

Hicks finished with 19 points for Washington (18-13), but missed seven of her first nine shots.

MINNEAPOLIS - Georgia Tech took a long time to get going, but Jacqua Williams sent the Yellow Jackets to their first NCAA tournament victory.

Williams swished a running one-handed shot in the lane with 2½ seconds left to lift seventh-seeded Georgia Tech (21-11) past 10th-seeded DePaul (19-13).

LOS ANGELES - Texas A&M avoided another first-round upset to an intrastate opponent.

Danielle Gant scored 20 of her 24 points in the second half and grabbed 14 rebounds to help lift the fourth-seeded Aggies.

LOS ANGELES - Jessica Adair dominated the inside from the opening tip, and the fifth-seeded Colonials scored the first 19 points to beat 12th-seeded Boise State.

Adair, a 6-foot-4 sophomore, had 15 points and a career-high 21 rebounds for the Colonials (27-3), who face fourth-seeded Texas A&M Monday night.

STANFORD, Calif. - Stanford protected its home floor - and the Cardinal didn't even need a huge day from star Candice Wiggins.

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 to face Florida State.

STANFORD, Calif. - Florida State took care of one tradition-rich program and will have an even bigger task ahead in the next round.

Britany Miller scored 20 points and the Seminoles (23-9) shot 58 percent to beat Old Dominion in a physical first-round game.

AUSTIN, Texas - Olayinka Sanni scored 17 of her 20 points in the second half to lead West Virginia over Xavier.

Amber Harris had 19 points and 10 rebounds to lead Xavier (26-8).

LOS ANGELES - Louisville's tournament troubles appear over, at least for now.

After two straight first-round exits, the sixth-seeded Cardinals beat No. 11 seed BYU (23-10).

Angel McCoughtry had 24 points and nine rebounds for Louisville (27-7). It was the Cardinals' first tournament victory since 1998. Now they'll look to win a second-round game for the first time in 11 trips to the tourney.

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