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ISU & Creighton women win NCAA openers; SDSU falls

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Iowa State snapped Gonzaga's 15 game winning streak. Iowa State snapped Gonzaga's 15 game winning streak.

Chelsea Poppens scored 19 points, Hallie Christofferson scored 11 of her 18 in the second half, and fifth-seeded Iowa State ended No. 12 seed Gonzaga's dominance at home in the NCAA women's tournament with a 72-60 win over the Bulldogs on Saturday.

Gonzaga went 4-0 the past two seasons playing on its home floor at the McCarthey Athletic Center during the NCAAs in reaching the round of 16. Iowa State (24-8) finally solved beating Gonzaga at home thanks to dynamic shooting from behind the 3-point line and an awful shooting performance by the Bulldogs.

Brynn Williamson hit five 3-pointers and scored 17 points for the Cyclones.

Taelor Karr led Gonzaga (27-6) with 15 points, but the Bulldogs shot just 32 percent.

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- McKenzie Fujan scored a career-high 24 points as Creighton held off a late Syracuse rally to beat the Orange 61-56 and earn their first NCAA tournament victory since 1994.

After trailing by 10 points with less than five minutes remaining, Syracuse had a chance to tie the game with a 3-pointer in the final seconds, but Elashier Hall's shot hit the right side of the rim. Creighton's Sarah Nelson added two free throws with three-tenths of a second left.

Kayla Alexander, the leading scorer in Syracuse history, had 23 points and eight rebounds for the Orange (24-8), the No. 7 seed in the Oklahoma City Regional. Carmen Tyson-Thomas added 13 points for Syracuse, which was seeking its first NCAA tournament victory ever.

Fujan shot 6 of 10 from 3-point range for Creighton (25-7) and had 17 points by halftime. Nelson added 17 points.

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BOULDER, Colo. (AP) -- Ashley Brunner had 15 points and 11 rebounds to lead No. 4 seed South Carolina to a 74-52 victory over South Dakota State in the opening round of the NCAA tournament on Saturday.

The Gamecocks (25-7), who won a school-record 11 Southeastern Conference games this season, used their superior athleticism and stout defense to make quick work of the 13th-seeded Jackrabbits (25-8), the Summit League regular season and tournament champs.

They'll face Colorado or Kansas on Monday in their quest to reach the round of 16 for the second straight year under coach Dawn Staley, who led Virginia to three Final Fours as a player.

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