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.