NC State (18-14) at Temple (18-16), 7 p.m. ET – The Wolfpack has won the four previous meetings between these programs. Sophomore Miah Spencer leads the team in scoring and steals; she is averaging 20 points per game since the start of March. The Wolfpack averages 7.21 made three-pointers per game (42nd in NCAA) and has connected on 231 this season. Temple is coming off a thrilling 61-56 win at the Palestra against Penn in the second round on Sunday. After falling behind by seven points, Temple rallied as freshman Alliya Butts hit a go-ahead three with 3:04 to play, before giving way to the heroics of Feyonda Fitzgerald. The sophomore scored the final 10 points of the game for the Owls, including going 8-for-8 from the free throw line in the final 53 seconds.
Missouri (19-13) at Michigan (18-14), 7 p.m. ET – The Tigers earned their first postseason win since 2003, leaving Northern Iowa with a 69-61 Round 1 victory. The Tigers didn't stop there, topping Kansas State in the second round to improve to 5-6 overall in WNIT play. Should Mizzou top Michigan on Thursday, the win will mark the most postseason victories for a Tiger team in Mizzou history. This game will mark the 131st career appearance for Nicole Elmblad, which will push her past Jenny Ryan's (2010-13) record for games played (130). Elmblad also became the 10th Wolverine in school history with at least 700 rebounds after grabbing 11 against Cleveland State (March 18). She now ranks ninth with 722 career boards.
Duquesne (23-10) at West Virginia (24-10), 7 p.m. ET – In one of the all-time shockers in Atlantic 10 history, Duquesne -- the No. 8 seed in the 1992 Atlantic 10 Championship that came in with a 5-22 record - upset West Virginia, the 11th-ranked team in the nation. April Robinson leads Duquesne with 13.7 points per game. Duquesne and West Virginia meet for the 47th time tonight; the Mountaineers own a 37-9 edge in the all-time series and won the previous meeting earlier this year, 79-60, on December 10. Bria Holmes scored 27 points, while Averee Fields added 20 in the victory; Holmes garnered All-Region 5 honors from the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association on Wednesday.
Ole Miss (19-13) at Middle Tennessee (23-9), 8 p.m. ET – History will repeat itself tonight as father and son face off in Round Three of the WNIT. Middle Tennessee is guided by all-time wins leader Rick Insell (251 career wins) and Old Miss is led by Rick’s son, Matt Insell. The two coaches met earlier in the season with Middle Tennessee edging Ole Miss, 71-65 in Oxford, Miss. Middle Tennessee enters the game 2-0 in the WNIT with back-to-back home wins against Ball State and Arkansas State. Ole Miss picked up home wins against UT-Martin and Georgia Tech. Ole Miss leads the all-time series 13-4.
Northern Colorado (22-12) at UCLA (15-18), 10 p.m. ET – The UCLA women’s basketball team hosts Northern Colorado out of the Big Sky Conference in Round Three of the WNIT in the first-ever meeting between the two programs. UCLA is 10-1 all-time against Big Sky opponents. Northern Colorado enters the game on a roll, winning 12 of its last 13 games and has won a school-record 22 games. The Bears opened the WNIT with a 53-48 win at Colorado State and then took down South Dakota in a thrilling 59-58 finish at home. The Bruins return home for the first time since Round One where they knocked out CSU Bakersfield 70-54 before defeating San Diego 63-58 in Round Two on the road.
Saint Mary’s (22-10) at Sacramento State (18-15), 10 p.m. ET – Saint Mary’s and Sacramento State will meet for the second time this season, but this time postseason survival is on the line. Saint Mary’s earned a 99-91 victory when the two squads met in Moraga on Nov. 24. The Hornets lead all of NCAA D-I with 12.4 three-pointers made per game, 16.8 steals per game, 20 offensive rebounds per game, and a +11.82 turnover margin. The squad is now second in scoring with 86.1 points per game. Saint Mary’s holds a 17-1 all-time record verse Sacramento State and enters the game ranked eighth in the nation in rebounding margin (+10.7) with four starting players who stand six-feet or taller.