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Hawkeyes are pierced

Anderson's 20 help BYU get through

DENVER -- Ambrosia Anderson scored 20 points and Brigham Young used its post play early to open up the perimeter as the Cougars won their first NCAA Tournament game in four years with a 67-62 victory over Iowa yesterday in the first round of the San Antonio Regional.

The seventh-seeded Cougars (26-5) will play No. 2 seed Oklahoma tomorrow in the second round.

Megan Skouby led Iowa (17-12) with 19 points, and Crystal Smith added 17.

BYU centers Dani Kubik and Lauren Riley played in foul trouble most of the first half, and fouled out in the second during a 9-0 run by Iowa that cut the Cougars lead to 54-47.

Anderson ended the spurt when she fought for a pass down low and kicked it out to Melinda Johnsen, who hit a 3-pointer from the left side to give BYU a 57-47 advantage with just under five minutes left.

Florida State 80, La. Tech 71 -- Holly Johnson scored 25 points, Alicia Gladden added 20, and the Seminoles (20-9) used two big first-half runs to beat the Lady Techsters.

Louisiana Tech (26-5), the 11th seed, was led by Tamika Kursh's 12 points and had its 12-game winning streak snapped. The Lady Techsters, with 899 wins in school history, lost in the first round for the second straight year and will have to wait until next season to join Tennessee as the only women's programs with 900 victories. The teams are the only schools to appear in all 25 NCAA tournaments.

Tasha Williams, Louisiana Tech's point guard and second-leading scorer with 13.1 points, injured her left foot in practice Wednesday. She played 35 minutes, but was clearly bothered by her foot. She struggled to make cuts and was a step slow on defense.

Oklahoma 78, Pepperdine 66 -- Freshman Courtney Paris had her way inside for 27 points and 11 rebounds, and the Sooners (30-4) overcame a sluggish start to open the NCAA Tournament with a victory over the Waves in the San Antonio Regional.

Paris hit the 500-rebound mark in the game's first 10 minutes and pressured Teiosha George into missing all six of her shots in the first half, helping Oklahoma to a 36-19 lead.

Paris finished 11 for 13 from the field, blocked four shots, and passed Texas's Edwina Brown's Big 12 record of 722 points in a season before heading to the bench in the second half with Oklahoma leading, 59-33.

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