March 14, 2014
Whitney Hand scored 24 points and Oklahoma squandered much of a 19-point second-half lead before holding on to beat James Madison 86-72 in the first round of the women's NCAA tournament Sunday.
Danielle Robinson added 19 points for the Sooners (22-11), who are trying to make their third consecutive run to the Final Four. Oklahoma will play Miami in the second round Tuesday.
Dawn Evans, the nation's No. 3 scorer with a 23.2 average, led the Dukes with 20 points, but hit just seven of 27 shots. James Madison (26-8) fell short in its bid for its first NCAA tournament victory since the 1991 team beat top-ranked Penn State in the second round in State College, Pennsylvania.
The Dukes had no answer for the speed, quickness and size of the Sooners until late.
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