By TIM BOOTH
AP Sports Writer
SEATTLE (AP) - Tiffany Mitchell scored 24 points, Alaina Coates added 13, and top-seeded South Carolina took a while to pull away from No. 16 seed Cal State Northridge in a 73-58 win on Sunday in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
South Carolina (28-4) were the new kids when it came to being a top seed in the NCAAs, garnering the achievement after never being higher than a No. 3 seed in the past. And while the Gamecocks didn't play poorly against the champions of the Big West Conference, it took far longer than expected to finally dispatch the pesky Matadors.
South Carolina outscored Northridge 27-11 at the free throw line and had 20 second-chance points.
Janae Sharpe led Cal State Northridge (18-15) with 26 points, but was held in check for most of the second half.
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