Kayla Tetschlag scored 24 points and Wisconsin-Green Bay extended its winning streak to 21 games, beating Arkansas-Little Rock, 59-55, in a first-round NCAA tournament game Sunday in Wichita, Kan.
No. 5 seed Green Bay (33-1) hadn’t won a game by a single-digit margin since Jan. 27 against Butler, but Sun Belt Conference champion Arkansas-Little Rock (23-8) made the Phoenix sweat this one out.
“It was a lot of fun,” Tetschlag said. “We live for these kind of games. We haven’t had a lot of them.
“I like the high level of competition. ... I can’t explain it. I don’t know what it is. I get those extra butterflies before the game to get me going.”
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Thanks to 24 points from Chastity Reed, the 12th seeded Trojans led midway through the second half and remained within striking distance in the final minutes, never letting Green Bay’s lead grow to more than 10.
UALR pulled to 58-55 on a 3-pointer by Reed with 3 seconds left, but Julie Wojta hit a clinching free throw with 1.9 seconds to go.
“We didn’t give up,” Reed said. “We had a chance. We just didn’t knock down some tough shots.”
At Baylor 66, Prairie View 30: Brittney Griner and Brooklyn Pope each had 17 points as the top-seeded Bears (32-2) beat the Panthers (21-12).
Prairie View missed its first 12 shots en route to setting a NCAA women’s tournament record for fewest points in a half (eight).
Texas A&M 87, McNeese State 47: Danielle Adams scored 18 points as the second-seeded Aggies (28-5) rolled in Bossier City, La.
The No. 15 seed Cowgirls (26-7) had three assists, tying a tournament record low set by Vanderbilt in a win over Stephen F. Austin in 1993.
Florida State 76, Samford 46: Cierra Bravard had 23 points and 13 rebounds as the third-seeded Seminoles (24-7) rolled in Auburn, Ala.
The No. 14 Bulldogs (25-8), the Southern Conference champion, were making their first NCAA appearance.
Michigan State 69, Northern Iowa 66: Kalisha Keane scored 17 points in Wichita, Kan., as the fourth-seeded Spartans (27-5) improved to 9-1 in first-round games.
Jacqui Kalin scored 21 points for the Panthers (27-6), who had a 19-game winning streak snapped.
Georgia 56, Middle Tennessee 41: Jasmine James scored eight of her 18 points over the final 5:40 for the No. 6 seed Bulldogs (22-10) in Auburn, Ala.
The Blue Raiders (23-8) wore patches bearing the No. 20 on their jerseys in honor of slain teammate Tina Steward, a junior guard who was stabbed to death March 2. Her roommate has been charged.
Rutgers 76, Louisiana Tech 51: April Sykes scored 22 points as the No. 7 seed Scarlet Knights (20-12) quieted the hostile crowd in Bossier City, La.
Adrienne Johnson scored 20 points for the 10th-seeded Techsters, who were playing an hour from their Ruston campus.
West Virginia 79, Houston 73: Liz Repella scored 26 points and Madina Ali added 13 points and 15 rebounds as the ninth-seeded Mountaineers (24-9) beat the Cougars (26-6) in Waco, Texas.
Brittney Scott scored 24 for No. 8 seed Houston, which was in the tournament for the first time since 2005.