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NCAA women's tournament: Toni Young score 25 points as Oklahoma State beats DePaul

Toni Young scored 20 of her 25 points in the first half to help Oklahoma State beat DePaul 73-56 on Sunday in the first round of the NCAA women's tournament.
By AARON BEARD, AP Basketball Writer Published: March 24, 2013
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photo - Oklahoma State's Toni Young, right, and DePaul's Katherine Harry (51) chase a loose ball during the second half of a first-round game in the women's NCAA college basketball tournament in Durham, N.C., Sunday March 24, 2013. Oklahoma State won 73-56. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome) ORG XMIT: NCGB119
Oklahoma State's Toni Young, right, and DePaul's Katherine Harry (51) chase a loose ball during the second half of a first-round game in the women's NCAA college basketball tournament in Durham, N.C., Sunday March 24, 2013. Oklahoma State won 73-56. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome) ORG XMIT: NCGB119

DePaul — playing in its 11th straight NCAA Tournament — never got close again. The Blue Demons shot 25 percent (20 for 80) from the field and 22 percent (8 for 37) from behind the arc.

DePaul top scorer Brittany Hrynko, who came in averaging nearly 15 points per game, finished with 11 on 2-for-17 shooting, including 1 for 11 on 3s.

Oklahoma State won the WNIT in its first year under Jim Littell, who took over following the deaths of coach Kurt Budke and assistant Miranda Serna in a November 2011 plane crash. Littell had the Cowgirls back in the NCAAs for the first time since reaching the second round in 2010, though only two players — Young and fellow senior Lindsey Keller — had any tournament experience.

Yet Young certainly played like the veteran determined to lead the way early.

The 6-foot-2 forward, who came in averaging about 16 points and 10 rebounds, hit her first eight shots. When she finally missed on a reverse layup, she grabbed a loose rebound and scored on a putback on the way to 20 points on 10-for-13 shooting to go along with seven rebounds by the break.

With Young dominating the opening half, Oklahoma State's offense hummed right along. The Cowgirls shot nearly 56 percent (20 for 36), scored 12 points off turnovers and led by 16 before taking a 42-31 halftime lead.