At home, Rutgers takes full advantage

The Baltimore Sun

Epiphanny Prince scored 27 points and seventh seed Rutgers (21-12) beat second seed Auburn, 80-52, Monday night in Piscataway, N.J., in the NCAA women's tournament's Oklahoma City Regional.

Rutgers benefited from playing at home in the NCAAs for the first time since 2001. Kia Vaughn had 15 points and 11 rebounds and her fellow senior Heather Zurich added 12 points to lead four Scarlet Knights in double figures.

DeWanna Bonner scored 17 to lead the Tigers (30-4).

Purdue 85, No. 11 North Carolina 70: : Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton and Brittany Rayburn led five Boilermakers in double digits with 18 points apiece, and sixth seed Purdue (24-10) won in Chattanooga, Tenn.

Third seed North Carolina (28-7) had dominated the series between these teams coming in and had won the past three overall.

Pittsburgh 65, Gonzaga 60: : Shavonte Zellous scored nine of her 24 points in the final four minutes, and the fourth-seeded Panthers (25-7) capitalized on the 12th-seeded Bulldogs' (27-7) youthful mistakes in Seattle.

Berkeley Regional

Ohio State 64, Mississippi State 58: : Jantel Lavender had 20 points and the Buckeyes (29-5) scored their final 10 points on free throws to win at home in Columbus and advance to the semifinal against Stanford.

Tysheka Grimes scored 20 of her 22 points in the opening half for Mississippi State (23-10), which was seeking its first trip to the Sweet 16. Alexis Rack added 19 points for the Lady Bulldogs.

Stanford 77, San Diego State 49: : Freshman Nnemkadi Ogwumike dominated with career highs of 27 points and 13 rebounds to lead the second-seeded Cardinal (31-4), playing on the 10th-seeded Aztecs' (24-8) home court, to its 18th straight win and a date Saturday with third seed Ohio State.

Raleigh Regional

Vanderbilt 74, Kansas State 61: : Jennifer Risper scored a career-high 27 points and Christina Wirth added 24 in Albuquerque, N.M., as the fourth-seeded Commodores (26-8) advanced to the semifinals, where they'll play next weekend against the winner of Tuesday night's game between Maryland and Utah.

Ashley Sweat led the fifth-seeded Wildcats (25-8) with 17 points.

Trenton Regional

Arizona State 63, Florida State 58: : Danielle Orsillo's three-pointer gave the sixth-seeded Sun Devils the lead with 32 seconds left in Duluth, Ga., and Arizona State (25-8) advanced to play the winner of Tuesday's Texas A&M-Minnesota; game Sunday in Trenton, N.J.

Mara Freshour led the third-seeded Seminoles (26-8) with 15 points.

California 99, Virginia 73: : Ashley Walker scored 20 of her career-high-tying 32 points in the first half, and the fourth-seeded Golden Bears (27-6) advanced to the NCAA tournament's final 16 for the first time in school history. They'll play the winner of Tuesday's Connecticut-Florida game.

Monica Wright scored 26 points for the fifth-seeded Cavaliers (24-10).

Off the court

Television: : Ratings for the first and second round of the NCAA men's tournament are up 6 percent from last year. Overnight ratings released yesterday show CBS earned a 5.4 rating and 12 share, up from a 5.1 rating and 12 share for the first two rounds in 2008. A rating is the percentage of all homes with televisions watching a program. The share is the percentage of all TV sets in use at the time. Overnight ratings measure the country's largest markets.

Baylor women: : Coach Kim Mulkey will be on the sideline for Tuesday night's NCAA tournament game, between the No. 2-seeded Bears and No. 7 South Dakota State, after she was hospitalized for having a reaction to medication. Mulkey was on the medication after the removal of a kidney stone last week. She was released yesterday from a hospital in Lubbock, Texas. She missed the Bears' overtime win Sunday over Texas-San Antonio.

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