SAN ANTONIO — The girls’s basketball bracket has been largely predictable: The higher-seeded groups — with three exceptions, in upset defeats by Brigham Young, Wright State and Belmont — have superior to the second spherical. It follows the general trend of the boys’s and girls’s tournaments: The males have extra upsets, whereas the ladies’s favorites do properly.
But even when their stays are temporary, groups making their first or second appearances in the N.C.A.A. Division I event have put up a struggle in an occasion that appears starkly different from years past due to the coronavirus pandemic. The newcomers appear grateful simply to pave the way in which for their faculties, and a few have given prime seeds a jolt.
“Definitely having a taste of playing in the N.C.A.A. tournament, we’ll be able to reflect and keep growing,” Stony Brook Coach Caroline McCombs informed reporters after her staff misplaced to Arizona on Monday.
High Point, Utah Valley, Stony Brook and Bradley made their N.C.A.A. event debuts in a so-called managed setting, which is centered in San Antonio and has been arrange by the N.C.A.A. and the native well being authorities.
High Point, a No. 16 seed, was capable of get beauty for 3-point pictures on Sunday towards UConn, the dominant program in the nation for virtually three many years.
The Huskies, a No. 1 seed, gained by 43 factors, a decrease margin of victory than UConn had in the primary rounds of the newest tournaments: 49 in 2019, 88 in 2018, and 61 in 2017. The Huskies’ coach, Geno Auriemma, was at house, isolating as a result of he examined optimistic final week for the coronavirus.
Stanford brought about hassle early on the way in which to an 87-44 win Sunday over the 16th-seeded Utah Valley, making seven 3-pointers in 11 makes an attempt and taking a 20-point lead on the finish of the primary quarter. Utah Valley picked up velocity in the second half, with 24 factors to Stanford’s 34. Josie Williams, a middle for the Wolverines, led the staff with 18 factors and 5 rebounds.
“They are a very physical team, Williams was an outstanding player for them,” Stanford Coach Tara VanDerveer stated in a postgame interview.
Stony Brook, a No. 14 seed, was defeated, 79-44, by Arizona. The Wildcats, a No. Three seed, had a 27-point lead at halftime. But the Seawolves had been capable of stop their deficit from rising an excessive amount of bigger; they had been outscored by solely eight factors in the second half.
Arizona Coach Adia Barnes stated that Stony Brook was “a really good third-quarter team, and they are a good second-half team,” in an interview with reporters following the sport.
Bradley, a No. 11 seed, was scheduled to play sixth-seeded Texas at eight p.m. Eastern on Monday.
Five of the groups in the event had been making their second look, together with Drexel, and one other 5 had been right here for the third time, like Mercer. Drexel and Mercer had been ousted in the primary spherical, however not earlier than giving their opponents a scare.
Mercer, a No. 16 seed, fell to top-seeded South Carolina on Sunday, 79-53. South Carolina had an 11-point lead after the primary quarter, however Mercer bounced again with a 15-Four run firstly of the second, briefly tying the sport at 27 with a pull-up jumper by guard Amoria Neal-Tysor. Even although the Gamecocks pulled away in the second half, the Bears’ defensive switches saved South Carolina on its toes.
“We knew they were going to junk it up, and one of our keys was offensive execution against their changing defenses,” South Carolina Coach Dawn Staley stated in a postgame interview with reporters.
Drexel, a No. 14 seed, had a 15-10 lead over Georgia after the primary quarter and was tied with the Bulldogs at halftime. No. 3-seeded Georgia took the lead in the third and pulled away in the fourth, scoring 27 factors to Drexel’s 18 in that quarter.
Some lower-seeded groups have stated adieu, however three had superior by Monday night, together with Belmont, a No. 12 seed that defeated a No. 5, Gonzaga, 64-59.
B.Y.U., a No. 11 seed, pulled off the primary upset of the event, beating No. 6-seeded Rutgers with a fourth-quarter reversal on Monday. Both groups had been to tournaments earlier than, most just lately in 2019.
The 13th-seeded Wright State, in its third event look, beat Arkansas, a No. Four seed, 66-62. Raiders guard Angel Baker had 26 factors, 12 rebounds and Four steals in the upset.
“I’ve coached the men’s game, gone against some of the best, but some of the women I coach against, they’re better,” B.Y.U. Coach Jeff Judkins stated in a postgame interview with reporters. “Against a really good team like Rutgers, to perform at our best, it’s hopefully something we can use a long way for our program.”
Marisa Ingemi and Natalie Weiner contributed reporting.