Norfolk, VA – ODU’s Destinee Young had 20 points and seven rebounds, and Tiffany Minor added 14 points as the Lady Monarchs (21-12) advanced past Virginia on Thursday to the second round to face Villanova or Maine.
Virginia (17-14) got 19 points and six assists from Mikayla Venson; Breyana Mason added 17 points and six assists. The Cavs were just 2-of-2 from the free-throw line overall. ODU will wait to face the winner of Maine vs Villanova set to tip on Friday at 7 p.m. ET.
ST. JOHN’S 64, ARMY 56
Queens, NY – Aaliyah Lewis scored 20 points and was 12-of-12 from the free-throw line for St. John’s, which got past Army on Thursday despite coughing up 18 turnovers along the way. The Red Storm (22-10) will play Fordham in Round 2.
Kelsey Minato had 19 points, six assists and four steals for Army (23-8); Olivia Schretzman also scored 19 points and added seven rebounds. St. John’s also had a 44-32 edge in rebounding.
St. John's will host Fordham in Round Two on Sunday, March 22 at 2 p.m. ET.
FORDHAM 70, CENTRAL CONNECTICUT STATE 67
Bronx, NY – Fordham came back from a six-point deficit at halftime and had five players reach double figures in scoring to edge Central Connecticut State on Thursday. The Rams are now 21-11 and will face St. John’s in Round 2.
Tiffany Ruffin had 18 points and nine rebounds for Fordham; Hannah Missry added 16 points. Amanda Harrington had 18 points and six rebounds for CCSU (19-13).
HAMPTON 45, DREXEL 42
Philadelphia, PA – In a gritty, low-scoring affair, Hampton survived shooting just 29 percent from the field and advanced past Drexel on Thursday and will face West Virginia in Round 2. Ryan Jordan had 19 points and nine rebounds for the Lady Pirates (19-12).
Drexel (20-11) scored just one point in the final three minutes; Jackie Schluth and Sarah Curran each had eight points. Curran also rang up 11 rebounds.
Hampton will face West Virginia in Morgantown in Round Two on Tuesday, March 24 at 7 p.m. ET.
WEST VIRGINIA 84, BUFFALO 61
Morgantown, WV – West Virginia hit the WNIT with high hopes after a long grind in the Big 12, and the Mountaineers took a big lead early before dispatching Buffalo on Thursday.
WVU (19-14) will face Hampton in Round 2; Teana Muldrow had 20 points with five 3-pointers, and Bria Holmes added 20 points, seven rebounds and six assists. Buffalo (19-13) got 18 points and 11 rebounds from guard Joanna Smith, but the Buffs shot just 30 percent from the field.
West Virginia hosts Hampton in Round Two action on Tuesday, March 24 at 7 p.m. ET.
NC STATE 73, ETSU 58
Johnson City, TN – Miah Spencer fueled NC State in a variety of ways Thursday, ringing up 23 points, five rebounds, four assists and four steals as the Wolfpack (17-14) moved to a Round 2 matchup with East Carolina.
NC State (17-14) was just 6-of-26 from 3-point range but did hit 23 free throws. Len'Nique Brown-Hoskin added 14 points and six assists. ETSU closes the year at 21-12; Serena Clark had 14 points and 11 rebounds.
PENN 65, HOFSTRA 58
Philadelphia, PA – With some quality shooting from 3-point range, Penn held off Hofstra on Thursday to move to 21-8 on the season and set up a Round 2 contest with Temple. Hofstra ends the year at 20-13.
Penn will host Temple on Sunday, March 22 at 2 p.m. ET in the second round of the WNIT.
TEMPLE 67, MARIST 54
Poughkeepsie, NY – Temple used double-digit scoring efforts from three players Thursday to work past Marist and move to a Round 2 contest with Penn.
Erica Covile scored 19 points and added six rebounds for the Owls (17-16); Feyonda Fitzgerald added 14 points and Tanaya Atkinson scored 18 points. Temple had just six turnovers and enjoyed a 40-31 edge in rebounding. Marist (21-12) was paced by Tori Jarosz, who had 15 points and 10 rebounds.
Temple travels to Penn for Round Two which is slated for Sunday, March 22 at 2 p.m. ET.
DUQUESNE 72, YOUNGSTOWN STATE 54
Youngstown, OH – Duquesne rode a balanced scoring attack to ease past Youngstown State on Thursday, setting up a Round 2 matchup with Stetson or Richmond.
The Dukes (22-10) had only five turnovers on the night and were paced by 12 points from both Amadea Szamosi and Jose-Ann Johnson. Heidi Schlegel had 23 points and six rebounds for the Penguins (21-11), who were a chilly 5-of-25 from 3-point range.
Duquesne will host the winner of Stetson/Richmond on Tuesday, March 24 at 7 p.m. ET.
GEORGIA TECH 69, ELON 47
Atlanta, GA – Georgia Tech sophomore Kaela Davis, who was an all-ACC first-team selection this season, scored 24 points and added seven rebounds Thursday night as the Jackets opened up a huge lead by halftime and dispatched Elon to move to Round 2.
Aaliyah Whiteside had a big night as well for Georgia Tech (19-14), scoring 23 points. The Jackets will face Ole Miss in the next round. Elon (19-13) got 11 points and eight rebounds from Shay Burnett.
Georgia Tech heads to Ole Miss for Round Two on Sunday, March 22 at 7 p.m. ET.
MIDDLE TENNESSEE 69, BALL STATE 58
Murfreesboro, TN – Middle Tennessee turned up the defensive pressure Thursday and handled Ball State; the Blue Raiders are now 22-9 on the season and will face Arkansas State in Round 2.
Olivia Jones had 19 points and eight steals for Middle Tennessee, which had 17 steals as a team and led by as many as 21 points in the second half. Brea Edwards closed with 17 points and 12 rebounds, and the Blue Raiders took good care of the ball, committing just eight turnovers.
Ball State (17-14) was paced by Nathalie Fontaine, who had 15 points and 10 rebounds. The Cardinals were unable to capitalize on their 46-32 edge in rebounding.
Middle Tennessee will host Arkansas State in Round Two of the WNIT on Sunday, March 22 at 3 p.m. ET.
SOUTH DAKOTA 68, CREIGHTON 58
Vermillion, SD – South Dakota had 21 turnovers, but a sturdy rebounding performance helped the Coyotes recover; they will face Colorado State or Northern Colorado in Round 2.
Nicole Seekamp scored 21 points and added five rebounds; she also was 7-of-7 from the free-throw line for South Dakota, which had a 43-28 edge in rebounding. Alexis Akin-Otiko had 23 points, six assists and five steals for Creighton (17-14).
South Dakota will face Northern Colorado in the WNIT second round. Game details TBA.
KANSAS STATE 86, AKRON 68
Manhattan, KS – Haley Texada hit four 3-pointers on the way to 30 points as Kansas State eased past Akron to move to 19-13 on the year. The Wildcats will face Missouri in Round 2.
Kansas State (19-13) shot 57 percent from the field. Akron (22-9) got 22 points from Anita Brown and 20 points and 10 rebounds from Sina King.
Kansas State will host Missouri in Round Two on Sunday, March 22 at 3 p.m. ET.
MISSOURI 69, NORTHERN IOWA 61
Cedar Falls, IA – Missouri got ahead early and protected a small lead throughout Thursday’s game, getting 14 points fromJordan Frericks and also Morgan Eye to move to 18-13 on the year. The Tigers will take on Kansas State in Round 2.
Northern Iowa (17-15) got 15 points from Stephanie Davison; Madison Weekly added 14 points and four assists.
Missouri heads to Manhattan on Sunday, March 22 to face Kansas State at 3 p.m. ET in Round Two.
SOUTHERN MISS 79, TEXAS SOUTHERN 69
Hattiesburg, MS – Southern Miss trailed Texas Southern by 10 points at halftime, but the Golden Eagles came up with a solution in the second half and will face TCU/SFA in Round 2.
Tamara Jones had 26 points and 11 rebounds for Southern Miss (23-10); Texas Southern (19-11) was a hot 13-of-24 from 3-point range but still fell short. Brianna Sidney had 22 points for TSU.
Southern Miss will host TCU in Round Two of the WNIT on Sunday, March 22 at 3 p.m. ET.
TCU 85, STEPHEN F. AUSTIN 80
Fort Worth, TX – TCU had three players score 20 or more points Thursday against Stephen F. Austin, and that firepower was just enough for the Horned Frogs to move to 18-13 and a Round 2 assignment against Southern Miss.
Jada Butts and Veja Hamilton each scored 21points for TCU, and Chelsea Prince added 20 points and four steals. The Lumberjacks ended the year at 23-8; Porsha Roberts went out with a bang, chipping in with 35 points and 11 rebounds.
TCU travels to face Southern Miss in the WNIT second round on Sunday, March 22 at 3 p.m. ET.
NORTHERN COLORADO 53, COLORADO STATE 48
Fort Collins, CO – Northern Colorado came back from a 10-point deficit midway through the second half to shock Colorado State and move to 21-12 on the season. The Bears will host South Dakota in Round 2 on Sunday, March 22 at 7 p.m. ET.
Lindsay Mallon hit a layup with 3:45 to go to give UNC a 48-46 lead, and she sank another short shot with 16 seconds left to seal the outcome. D'shara Strange had 14 points and 13 rebounds for the Bears – she also had 10 turnovers.
Colorado State (23-8) got 11 points from AJ Newton, but the team paid the price for shooting just 6-of-13 from the free-throw line.
Northern Colorado will host South Dakota in Round Two of the WNIT on Sunday, March 22 at 7 p.m. ET.
SAN DIEGO 63, LONG BEACH STATE 56
San Diego, CA – Sophia Ederaine scored 18 points and added 10 rebounds for San Diego, which held off Long Beach State’s final rally to move to a Round 2 matchup with UCLA or CSU Bakersfield.
The Torreros were up by a thin 57-55 margin with 1:02 to go after Alex Sanchez hit a 3-pointer for LBSU, but San Diego patiently worked the ball for two short jumpers to pull ahead for good. Hallie Meneses had 24 points and five assists for the 49ers (22-10).
UCLA 70, CSU BAKERSFIELD 54
Los Angeles, CA – UCLA stumbled through 24 turnovers but forced 20 as well, keeping CSU Bakersfield at arm’s length in the second half to move to 14-18 on the season. The Bruins will face San Diego in Round 2.
Nirra Fields had 26 points and 11 rebounds for UCLA; Lajahna Drummer added 11 points and 11 rebounds. CSU Bakersfield (23-9) was paced by Tyonna Outland, who had 28 points, six rebounds and six steals. UCLA also controlled the game underneath the rim, holding a 56-34 advantage in rebounding.
UCLA will travel to play San Diego in Round Two on Sunday, March 22 at 5 p.m. ET.
SACRAMENTO STATE 87, PACIFIC 79
Stockton, CA – Sacramento State forced 22 turnovers Thursday and built a comfortable lead early in the second half to ease by Pacific and move to 17-15 on the season. The Hornets will face Eastern Washington in Round 2.
Adella Randle-El had 20 points and five steals for Sacramento State. Kendall Kenyon had one of the most impressive nights of anyone in Round 1, registering 28 points and 21 rebounds for Pacific (21-10).
Sacramento State will host Eastern Washington in Round Two of the WNIT on Monday, March 23 at 10 p.m. ET.
FRESNO STATE 79, SAN FRANCISCO 73
Fresno, CA – In a game that was tightly contested throughout, Fresno State scored its final 15 points all on free throws, which was enough to fend off some late 3-pointers by San Francisco. Fresno State (23-9) advance to Round 2 and will face Saint Mary’s or Hawaii.
Alex Furr had 18 points for the Bulldogs; Toni Smith added 16 points and eight rebounds. Fresno State was 25-of-35 from the free-throw line overall. San Francisco (19-14) got 21points from Taj Winston, as well as 16 points and six rebounds fromMichaela Rakova.
Fresno State will play the winner of Hawaii/Saint Mary's. Game details TBD.