IOWA CITY, IA – After spending a long season coping with the competitive strength of the Pac-12, Washington State put those lessons to use in taking down Iowa on the road to reach the semifinals of the Postseason WNIT.
The Cougars (16-19) will play at Georgia Tech at 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday, March 29. The championship game is set for 3 p.m. ET on Saturday, April 1, and will be televised on CBS Sports Network.
Alexys Swedlund had 20 points and hit six late free throws as Washington State held off a last, frantic charge by Iowa (20-14). Ivana Kmetovska added 14 points and six rebounds, Pinelopi Pavlopoulou came through with 13 points and 11 rebounds, and Caila Hailey closed with 10 points, 12 rebounds and five assists.
Kayla Washington sank a layup for the Cougars with 5:31 to go to push the visitors up, 61-50. A free throw by Iowa’s Alexa Kastanek brought her team back to 62-58 with 1:51 remaining, but the Hawkeyes would get no closer.
Megan Gustafson scored 19 points and reeled in 15 rebounds for Iowa. Ally Disterhoft closed her Iowa career with 16 points, and Kathleen Doyle finished with 11 points and eight assists. The Hawkeyes had 16 turnovers compared to Washington State’s nine, and Iowa was just 4-of-23 from 3-point range.
VILLANOVA 69, INDIANA 57
BLOOMINGTON, IN – Jannah Tucker scored 19 points for Villanova, which made 11 3-pointers and shook off a ragged third quarter to win at Indiana and move into the semifinals of the Postseason WNIT.
The Wildcats (20-14) will play at Michigan in the semifinals; tipoff is 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday, March 29. The championship game is set for 3 p.m. ET on Saturday, April 1 and will be televised by CBS Sports Network.
Villanova scored just six points in the third quarter but was able to maintain its lead as Indiana could muster only 10 points. The Hoosiers (23-11) closed within 56-52 on a jumper from Tyra Buss with 2:56 remaining, but Indiana went scoreless for the next 2:07. Amber Deane’s 3-pointer pulled the home team back to a 61-55 deficit, but the Wildcats hit their free throws late to secure the win.
Alex Louin added 18 points, nine rebounds and four assists for Villanova; Adrianna Hahn scored 13 points.
Buss closed with 21 points for Indiana along with eight rebounds; Amber Deane had 12 points, Amanda Cahill chipped in with 10 points and Alexis Gassion grabbed 12 rebounds. The Hoosiers shot just 23 percent from 3-point range (5-of-22) and were just 4-of-9 from the free throw line.
GEORGIA TECH 76, ALABAMA 66
ATLANTA, GA – Georgia Tech used a 27-point outburst in the second quarter to build a lead against Alabama, and junior forward Elo Edeferioka finished with 16 points and 11 rebounds as the Yellow Jackets advanced to the semifinals of the Postseason WNIT.
Georgia Tech (21-14) will take on Washington State in the semifinals; the Yellow Jackets will host that game at 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday, March 29. The championship game is set for 3 p.m. ET on Saturday, April 1 and will be televised by CBS Sports Network.
Alabama (22-14) scored only 10 points in that second quarter, and Georgia Tech put a stranglehold on the contest by putting up the first seven points of the fourth quarter.
Zaire O’Neil finished with 15 points and seven rebounds for the Yellow Jackets; Antonia Peresson and Kaylan Pugh each added 12 points, and Francesca Pan closed with 10 points and five rebounds. Georgia Tech shot 50 percent from the field.
The Crimson Tide got 15 points from Shaquera Wade, and 13 points and 13 rebounds from Ashley Williams. Jordan Lewis added 12 points and six assists, and Hannah Cook closed with 11 points. Alabama shot 32 percent from the field.