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Hot shooting start carries Oklahoma past Gonzaga 75-62

Oklahoma's Nancy Mulkey (32), a 6-9 center, defends as Gonzaga's Jessie Loera, a 5-6 guard, looks for room to pass during the first half of a first-round game in the NCAA women's college basketball tournament Saturday, March 18, 2017, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

SEATTLE (AP) — Vionise Pierre-Louis had 17 points, nine rebounds and nine blocked shots and No. 6 seed Oklahoma used its early hot shooting to hold off 11th-seeded Gonzaga 75-62 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday.

Pierre-Louis controlled the interior throughout, making sure the Sooners' torrid shooting from behind the 3-point line in the first quarter withstood all of Gonzaga's charges. The Sooners (23-9) led by as many as 15 and watched Gonzaga (26-7) trim the deficit to five in the fourth quarter before holding on in the final minutes.

Oklahoma hit six 3-pointers and scored 29 points in the first quarter, a season-high in points for the opening 10 minutes.

Laura Stockton led Gonzaga with 14 points and Jill Barta added 13.

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