MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Celeste Stewart led three Pirate players in double figures with 18 points as 11th-seeded East Carolina knocked off No. 6 seed Tulsa, 59-49, in the opening game of the Conference USA tournament on Wednesday.
"Obviously, I thought I just needed to step up," Stewart said. "This is the best time to do it."
East Carolina became the first No. 11 seed to win in the first round since March 6, 2003, when Louisville defeated St. Louis, 86-59, at The Pyramid in Memphis, Tenn.
The Pirates improve to 12-18 and advance to take on No. 3 seed Tulane in the quarterfinals today at 11 a.m.
Tulsa finishes 13-15.
Southern Methodist 53, Marshall 52: Mustangs forward Akil Simpson had 15 points and 10 rebounds as 10th-seeded SMU upset No. 7 seed Marshall.
After trailing for all but 28 seconds of the first half and down 27-24 at the half, SMU used a 7-2 run over the first 2:50 of the final frame to take a 31-29 lead the Mustangs would not relinquish.
Southern Mississippi 71, Central Florida 49: Jamierra Pierce scored 20 points for the 9th-seeded Golden Eagles (13-17), who led by only 8 at the half.
The Knights finish the season 12-17.
Hampton 61, Norfolk State 40: Jericka Jenkins scored a game-high 20 to lead three Hampton players in double figures in the tournament quarterfinals in Winston-Salem.
Howard 57, S.C. State 42: Tamoria Holmes scored a team-high 14 points to help Howard advance to the semifinal round. The Lady Bison will play the winner of the Maryland Eastern Shore/Florida A&M match Friday at 2:30.
Howard (23-7) all but put the game away by the half with a 36-17 advantage.
The Bulldogs are 13-16.
Washington 72, Oregon 56: Jazmine Davis scored 23 points, and Regina Rogers finished with 21 to win the opening game of the Pac-12 tournament in Los Angeles.
The Huskies (17-12) earned a second-round game against No. 2 Stanford (28-1).
Arizona 61, UCLA 57: After trailing by 15 points in the first half, the No. 12-seed Wildcats (16-16, 4-15) came back to beat No. 5-seed UCLA (14-17, 9-10 Pac-12).
Texas Tech 81, Texas 58: The 9th-seeded Red Raiders (19-12, 6-12) were led by Casey Morris' 21 points and Kierra Mallard's 15 rebounds to advance in Kansas City, Mo.
No. 10 Wis-Green Bay 77, Valparaiso 53: Julie Wojta scored 17 points, and host Wisconsin-Green Bay advanced to the tournament semifinals.
Wojta also notched six steals to break the school's single-season record with 105.
Brittney Griner of Baylor, Skylar Diggins of Notre Dame and sisters Nnemkadi and Chiney Ogwumike of Stanford are among 15 finalists for the John R. Wooden Award given to college basketball's top female player.