Michigan State, Ohio State advance in the NCAA women's tourney

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Michigan State, Ohio State advance in the NCAA women's tourney

Aerial Powers scored 27 points, Jasmine Hines added 24 and fourth-seeded Michigan State pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat No. 13 seed Belmont 74-60 on Friday in the first round of the women’s NCAA Tournament. Later, No. 3 seed Ohio State handled No. 14 seed Buffalo, 88-69. Kelsey Mitchell scored 27 points for the Buckeyes.

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On Saturday, it’s No. 2 Maryland vs. No. 15 Iowa (1:30 p.m., ESPN2) No. 11 Purdue vs. No. 6 Oklahoma  (1:30 p.m., ESPN2), and No. 9 Indiana vs. No. 8 Georgia (9 p.m., ESPN2). Click the matchups to go to the live game center pages for each game. NCAA.com has a good women’s tourney bracket . We also have our own women’s scoreboard, which includes NIT scores.

MICHIGAN STATE 74, BELMONT 60: BOX | RECAP

Michigan State (25-8) started the fourth quarter on a 10-0 run to turn a tight 52-47 game into a relatively comfortable victory. Hines and Powers combined for eight of the 10 points during the decisive stretch.

OHIO STATE 88, BUFFALO 69: BOX | RECAP

Shayla Cooper contributed 17 points for the Buckeyes, including 4 out of 5 from the foul line.  Asia Doss chipped in 16 more.

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