Providence (19-14) was led by Brittany Dorsey, with 20 points. Lynetta Kizer (10 points, 13 rebounds) led the charge for Maryland (21-13), which closed its 16th 20-plus win season with the game.
Providence will host Miami, which defeated North Carolina A&T 84-77. That game will be at 2 p.m. EST Sunday, March 28.
Miami came up with the answer that neither Wake Forest nor Charlotte was able to earlier in the tournament, as the Hurricanes put a stop to NC A&T’s 2-game win streak. Miami (20-13) is enjoying its best season since 2003.
Michigan (20-13) took care of business, defeating Northwestern (18-15) 65-44 and improving to 6-3 in WNIT games. Michigan will host the winner of Friday night’s game between VCU and Syracuse starting at 2 p.m. EST Sunday, March 28.
Illinois State earned another home game with a 71-51 victory over Kansas (17-16), last year’s WNIT national runner-up. Illinois State (27-7) had five players score in double figures, and shot 53.7 percent as a team for the game. The Redbirds will host Illinois in the quarterfinals starting at 3:05 p.m. ET Sunday.
Illinois (19-14) won its sixth game in its last seven outings with a 65-53 victory at Missouri State (22-11). Jenna Smith, Illinois’ All-America candidate, finished with 11 points, 17 rebounds, six assists and five blocks.
In Wyoming it was another barn-burner with the Cowgirls close till the end, but this time they couldn’t overcome a BYU lead. BYU (23-9) won 67-63 in front of 7,142 fans in Laramie with the help of Coriann Wood’s 18 points. In Wyoming’s final game of the season, Aubrey Vandiver (20 points, 11 rebounds) and Hillary Carlson (18 points, five rebounds) led the Cowgirls (21-12).
BYU will play at Cal at 9 p.m. EST Saturday, March 27. Cal (21-13) earned its quarterfinal spot with a 71-57 victory over Oregon (18-16) after steadily making its move and taking the lead midway through the second half.
The final Round 3 game will be played Friday night:
VCU at Syracuse, 7 p.m. EST. VCU (22-12) makes its third straight appearance in the postseason and reaches the third round for the first time in program history. Syracuse (24-10) also celebrates its first time ever winning two consecutive postseason games.
Thursday, March 25
Providence 77, Maryland 64
Miami 84, North Carolina A&T 77
Michigan 65, Northwestern 44
Illinois State 71, Kansas 51
Illinois 65, Missouri State 53
BYU 67, Wyoming 63
Cal 71, Oregon 57
Friday, March 26
VCU at Syracuse, 7 p.m. ET
Quarterfinals/Round of 8
Saturday, March 27
BYU at Cal, 9 p.m. ET
Sunday, March 28
Miami at Providence, 2 p.m. ET
VCU-Syracuse winner at Michigan, 2 p.m. ET
Illinois at Illinois State, 3:05 p.m. ET