Morgantown, WV – West Virginia (20-14) used a dominant defensive effort in a 57-39 win over Hampton (19-13) in Round Two of the WNIT.
The lead changed hands multiple times in the first half, but WVU used a 9-0 run and held Hampton scoreless in the final 5:03 to take a 22-15 halftime lead. WVU never looked back and outscored the Lady Pirates 35-24 in the second half.
Three Mountaineer players scored in double figures; Averee Fields scored a team-high 16 points, Linda Stepney added 14 and Bria Holmes chipped in 11.
Hampton’s Malia Tate-DeFreitas scored a game-high 21 points and teammate Kaylah Lupoe added six.
WVU’s defense held Hampton to 26.4 percent from the field and 0-of-9 from behind the three-point line.
West Virginia will host Duquesne in Round Three of the WNIT on Thursday, March 26 at 7 p.m. ET.
DUQUESNE 48, RICHMOND 47
Pittsburgh, PA – Duquesne (23-10) advances to Round Three of the WNIT following a nail-biting, low-scoring victory over the Richmond Spiders, 48-47.
With Richmond trailing 48-47, Spider guard Micaela Parson drove the lane and converted on the go-ahead layup with :01 on the clock, but a charge call nullified the points.
Duquesne guard April Robinson led the Dukes with 13 points and pulled down 8 boards. The Dukes shot nearly perfect from the charity strip (12 of 13) and owned the boards with a 39-29 advantage.
Richmond’s Genevive Okoro lead all scorers with 16 points and teammate Lauren Tolson finished with 15. RU shot a rough 11 percent from behind the arc (2 of 17) and finished 17-of-53 from the field. The Spiders close out the season with a 19-14 record.
The Spiders forced 24 Duke turnovers and outscored Duquesne 23-19 on points off of turnovers. UR also dominated in points in the paint with a 24-16 advantage.
Duquesne will travel to face West Virginia in Round Three of the WNIT. Tip is slated for Thursday, March 26 at 7 p.m. ET.