ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Fresno State walked away from its first experience in the Women's NCAA Tournament on Saturday knowing how far it's come but hit with the brutal reality of how far it must go.
Third-seeded Baylor, ranked No. 12 in the nation and seeded third in the Spokane Regional, was too tall, too physical and simply too good for the 14th-seeded Bulldogs and won going away, 88-67, at The Pit in a first-round game.
Guard Angela Tisdale's game-high 26 points led five Bears in double figures. Baylor shut down Fresno State's main weapon, the 3-point shot, and scored 54 points in the paint and got another 29 on second-chance shots.
"They made it very, very difficult on us and you know that's just what a good team does," Bulldogs coach Adrian Wiggins said. "Obviously, it's a tough loss. But we have a lot of things to celebrate. We've been playing on a high level and getting it done in the classroom. What Baylor did was help us set a vision. We're a young team and have an opportunity to get better."
The Bulldogs finished 22-11 and exceeded even the expectations of the coaching staff.
Fresno State won both its first Western Athletic Conference regular-season and tournament championships and made its debut in the NCAA Tournament after 42 years as an outsider.
Along the way, Wiggins was named WAC Coach of the Year, senior guard Tierre Wilson the WAC Player of the Year and guard Jaleesa Ross the Freshman of the Year.
Wilson closed out her career with a 23-point performance and five assists. Freshman point guard Emma Andrews had 15 points and Ross 10. But Fresno State's post players, Erica Henry and Hayley Munro, were limited to eight points and 10 rebounds.
In other Spokane Regional games:
PITTSBURGH 63, WYOMING 58 -- Shavonte Zellous scored 21 points, Sophronia Sallard had 15 and Mallorie Winn hit a huge 3-pointer with 2:27 remaining to help the Panthers (23-10), the region's No. 6 seed, beat the 11th-seeded Cowgirls (24-7).
WEST VIRGINIA 61, NEW MEXICO 60 -- Chakhia Cole scored 22 points, including the game-winning jumper with 17.5 seconds left and the fifth-seeded Moutaineers (25-7) eked out a win over the 12th-seeded Lobos (20-13).
VANDERBILT 75, MONTANA 47 -- Freshman Hannah Tuomi scored 14 points, Christina Wirth added 13 and Liz Sherwood had 12 to help the fourth-seeded Commodores (24-8) beat the No. 13 Lady Grizzlies (25-7).
UTEP 92, W. KENTUCKY 60, at Stanford -- Natasha Lacy had 19 points and seven steals, Jareica Hughes added 17 points and the seventh-seeded Miners (28-3) beat the No. 10 Lady Toppers (26-8).
Oklahoma City Regional
TEXAS A&M 91, TEXAS-SAN ANTONIO 52, at Baton Rouge, La. -- Morenike Atunrase scored 19 points to lead the second-seeded Aggies (27-7) past the 15th-seeded Roadrunners (23-10).
HARTFORD 59, SYRACUSE 55 -- MaryLynne Schaefer made a 3-pointer with 13 seconds left to put 10th-seeded Hartford ahead and then added a pair of free throws to give the 10th-seeded Hawks (28-5) a victory over the seventh-seeded Orange (22-9).
RUTGERS 85, ROBERT MORRIS 42, at Des Moines, Iowa -- Kia Vaughn scored 22 points and the second-seeded Scarlet Knights (25-6) routed the 15th-seeded Colonials (23-10).
IOWA ST. 58, GEORGIA TECH 55 -- Alison Lacey hit a running shot in the lane with 47.4 seconds left and added two free throws to lift the seventh-seeded Cyclones (21-12) over the 10th-seeded Yellow Jackets (22-10).
GEORGE WASHINGTON 66, AUBURN 56, at Stanford -- Jessica Adair had 17 points and 13 rebounds and Antelia Parrish added 15 points and seven boards, the leading the No. 6 Colonials (26-6) to a hard-fought win over the No. 11 Tigers (20-12).
New Orleans Regional
MARIST 76, DePAUL 57, at Baton Rouge, La. -- Rachele Fitz scored 23 points and the Red Foxes (32-2), seeded seventh, closed the game with a 32-2 run to beat the No. 10 Blue Demons (20-12).
LSU 66, JACKSON ST. 32 -- Sylvia Fowles scored 16 points and then called it a night as the No. 2 Tigers (29-50 beat the No. 15 Tigerettes (18-15), who fell to 0-4 in NCAA appearances.
OKLAHOMA ST. 85, EAST TENNESSEE ST. 73, at Des Moines, Iowa -- Andrea Riley had 26 points to help the third-seeded Cowgirls (26-7) beat No. 14 Lady Buccaneers (21-12).
FlORIDA ST. 60, OHIO ST. 49 -- Tanae Davis-Cain scored 27 points, one shy of her career high, as the 11th-seeded Seminoles (19-13) upset the sixth-seeded Buckeyes (22-9).