SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Top-ranked Notre Dame shook off an erratic start against Fordham in Round 2 of the Preseason WNIT on Monday, pulling away in the second half to earn a spot in the semifinals.
The Fighting Irish (2-0) will host Green Bay on Thursday, Nov. 17 in one semifinal; tipoff is set for 7 p.m. ET.
Arike Ogunbowale and Lindsay Allen each had 13 points for the home team, and Brianna Turner added 10 points. Notre Dame was able to control matters through rebounding, holding a 45-31 edge in that category, and managed to work around an unusually high number of turnovers (16).
Fordham (1-1) kept it interesting for much of the first half as Notre Dame’s offense sputtered; the Irish were 0-for-5 from 3-point range. But the Rams had their own issues at the start, shooting 24 percent from the field with 10 turnovers in the first half. Long-range shooting didn’t represent much help for Fordham, either, as the visitors were 2-of-19 overall.
G’mrice Davis had nine points, 15 rebounds and four steals for Fordham, while Danielle Burns added eight points. The Rams will play in the consolation round on Nov. 18 or 19, with host school and game times depending on other results.
MISSOURI 55, NEBRASKA 35
LINCOLN, Neb. – Sophie Cunningham scored 18 points to go with 10 rebounds, and Sierra Michaelis added 17 points on 4-of-11 shooting from 3-point range for Missouri, who took advantage of a cold night of shooting by Nebraska on Monday to move into the semifinals of the Preseason WNIT.
The 25th-ranked Tigers (2-0) will play at Washington in a semifinal game set for Thursday, Nov. 17 at 8 p.m. ET.
Missouri took a 30-16 lead at halftime and held the Cornhuskers at arm-‘s length the rest of the way, controlling tempo with a 49-39 edge in rebounding and working past 16 turnovers. Cierra Porter added 11 points and 10 rebounds for the visitors.
Nebraska (1-1) was paced by Jessica Shepard, who finished with 12 points and nine rebounds. The Huskers shot just 16 percent from the field. The Huskers will play in the consolation round later this week.
WASHINGTON 101, COLORADO STATE 68
SEATTLE, Wash. – Washington set a record for most 3-pointers made in the Preseason WNIT, taking charge early against Colorado State on Monday and rolling to the semifinals. The Huskies (2-0), who made 16 3-pointers, will host Missouri in a semifinal set for Thursday, with tipoff at 8 p.m. ET.
Kelsey Plum had 26 points and eight assists for Washington, ranked 17th in the nation. Chantel Osahor closed with 19 points and 11 rebounds, and senior center Katie Collier hit her first career 3-pointer on the way to 15 points and eight rebounds. The Huskies outrebounded CSU, 45-21, and shot 52 percent from the field.
Colorado State was paced by senior Ellen Nystrom, who finished with 21 points and seven rebounds. Sofie Tryggedsson added 14 points, and Elin Gustavsson had 11 points and five rebounds. The Rams will play in the consolation round at Nebraska on Nov. 18 at 8 p.m. ET.