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 from Jordan 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.