Oral Roberts, the No. 15 seed in the Oklahoma City Regional, led for the first few minutes and stayed competitive for most of the first half Saturday before the second-seeded Tennessee Lady Vols pulled away for an 83-62 victory in their first NCAA tournament game of the post-Pat Summitt era.
"I prefer a challenge personally," said guard Meighan Simmons, who scored a team-high 18 points. "The rest of the games aren't going to be easy. You don't want to just breeze through the first round and then come up the next game and everything is difficult. I'd rather be tested early on."
The Lady Vols (25-7) improved to 51-0 in NCAA tournament games on their home floor and advanced to a second-round game Monday against No. 10 seed Creighton (25-7).
Connecticut 105, Idaho 37: Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis led six Connecticut players in double figures as the Huskies (30-4) advanced to the second round for the 20th straight time. Idaho (17-16) was playing its second NCAA tournament game ever.
UCLA 66, Stetson 49: Nirra Fields led UCLA's balanced offense with 13 points and the Bruins (26-7) took an 11-0 lead and were never threatened by the Hatters.
Kansas 67, Colorado 52: Angel Goodrich and Carolyn Davis each scored 14 points and 12th-seeded Kansas upset No. 5 seed Colorado on the Buffaloes' home floor.
South Florida 71, Texas Tech 70: Inga Orekhova scored 20 points, including five 3s, to lead No. 10 South Florida and into a second-round meeting with Cal.