BLOOMINGTON, IN – Indiana matched a solid offensive effort with superior defense, outscoring Saint Louis by 21 points in the second quarter to cruise into Round 3.
The Hoosiers (22-10) will host Abilene Christian or SMU in the next round; that game will tipoff at 7 p.m. ET on Thursday, March 23.
Amanda Cahill had 17 points and seven for Indiana, and Tyra Buss added 15 points. Alexis Gassion chipped in with 14 points, and the Hoosiers outrebounded Saint Louis, 40-34.
The Billikens (25-9) got 11 points from Jackie Kemph and 10 points from Sadie Stipanovich. Saint Louis was just 1-for-4 from the free throw line and 4-of-21 from 3-point range.
PENN STATE 70, FORDHAM 51
STATE COLLEGE, PA – Penn State claimed a 33-12 lead by halftime and were never threatened the rest of the way.
The Nittany Lions (21-10) will face Virginia Tech in Round 3; that game is at State College on Thursday, March 23 at 7 p.m. ET.
Teniya Page scored 24 points for Penn State; Amari Carter added 15 points, five rebound and five assists. The Nittany Lions were outrebounded by 11 boards, but they were 6-of-11 from 3-point range and made 10-of-12 free throws.
Fordham (22-12) got 20 points and 15 rebounds from G’mrice Davis, 12 points from Hannah Missry and 10 rebounds from Mary Goulding. The Rams short just 26 percent from the field.
VIRGINIA TECH 75, NAVY 64
BLACKSBURG, VA – Virginia Tech was a scorching 12-of-22 from the 3-point line and survived its 22 turnovers in easing past Navy and into Round 3.
The Hokies (18-13) play at Penn State on Thursday, March 23, with tipoff at 7 p.m. ET.
Chanette Hicks had 18 points and seven assists for Virginia Tech. Samantha Hill closed with 16 points, Sidney Cook added 15 points and Vanessa Panousis chipped in 11 points.
Navy (24-9) was led by Sarita Condie, who had 26 points and eight rebounds.
ST. JOHN’S 62, HARVARD 57
NEW YORK, NY – Aaliyah Lewis came through with 16 points, eight assists and five rebounds as St. John’s moved by Harvard and into Round 3.
The Red Storm (22-11) will play at Michigan in the next round on Thursday, March 23, time TBA.
Maya Singleton closed with 13 points and nine rebounds for St. John’s, which had a 13-4 edge in made free throws.
Harvard (21-9) got 13 points and seven assists from Katie Benzan, 11 points from Jeannie Boehm and 10 points, and five rebounds and four assists from Sydney Skinner.
VILLANOVA 56, DREXEL 51
PHILADELPHIA, PA – Alex Louin rang up 24 points and nine rebounds, and the Wildcats held on after outscoring Drexel 22-7 in the third quarter.
Villanova (18-14) will play at James Madison in Round 3; the game is set for Thursday, March 23 at 7 p.m. ET.
Kelly Jekot hit eight free throws on the way to 13 points for the Wildcats, who shot just 27 percent from the field but made 20 of 23 free throws.
The Dragons (22-11) got 20 points from Sarah Curran.
JMU 61, VIRGINA 55
HARRISONBURG, VA – James Madison eased ahead in the fourth quarter after a back-and-forth contest, as Precious Hall scored 28 points for the Dukes.
JMU (26-8) will host Villanova in Round 3, with tipoff set for 7 p.m. ET Thursday, March 23. The Dukes used a 10-0 run in a key 90-second stretch of the fourth quarter to secure the win.
The Cavaliers (20-13) got 19 points from Breyana Mason and 12 points from Lauren Moses.
ALABAMA 55, LITTLE ROCK 53
TUSCALOOSA, AL – Jordan Lewis converted an offensive rebound putback of her own shot with 5 seconds left, allowing Alabama to slip past Little Rock
The Crimson Tide (21-13) will host Tulane in Round 3; tipoff will be 8 pm. ET on Thursday, March 23.
Ashley Williams closed with 15 points and nine rebounds for Alabama, which led for just 1 minute and 38 seconds of the game.
Little Rock (25-9) was paced by Sharde’ Collins, who had 20 points. The Trojans had a 13-point lead early in the game and committed 18 turnovers.
COLORADO 81, SOUTH DAKOTA STATE 75 (OT)
BROOKINGS, SD – Colorado coughed up an eight-point lead in the fourth quarter, but the Buffaloes burst for 18 points in the 5-minute extra session to move to Round 3.
Colorado (17-15) will play at Iowa on Thursday, March 23, with tipoff set for 8 p.m. ET.
Kennedy Leonard's 3-pointer with 2:30 left in regulation put the Buffs up, 63-57, but the Jackrabbits (23-9) tied it with 36 seconds to go on a layup from Madison Guebert.
In overtime, Kerri Young hit a 3-pointer for South Dakota State to get back within 76-73 with 30 seconds to go, but Colorado hit five free throws the rest of the way to secure the win.
Leonard had 29 points, eight assists and seven rebounds for CU; Haley Smith chipped in with 21 points and six rebounds as the Buffs shot 53 percent from the field.
Ellie Thompson had 20 points and eight rebounds for the Jackrabbits; Young and Guebert each had 17 points.
MIDDLE TENNESSEE 73, WAKE FOREST 66
MURFREESBORO, TN – Alex Johnson and Ty Petty each scored 28 points as Middle Tennessee used an excellent shooting effort from the free throw line to move past Wake Forest.
The Raiders (23-10) will play at Georgia Tech in Round 3, with tipoff set for 7 p.m. ET. Middle Tennessee shot 23-of-25 from the line; Petty added nine rebounds.
Wake Forest (16-16) got 23 points from Ariel Stephenson and 17 points by Elisa Penna.
UC DAVIS 58, COLORADO STATE 57
FORT COLLINS, CO – Colorado State’s Ellen Nystrom hit a layup with 47 seconds remaining to cut UC Davis’ lead to one point, but her baseline jumper in the final seconds bounced off the rim, sending the Aggies to Round 3.
UC Davis (25-7) will play at Washington State in the next round; tip off is set for Thursday, March 23 at 10 p.m. ET.
Rachel Nagel hit two free throws to put UC Davis up, 58-55, at the 1:15 mark. She closed with 16 points and five rebounds; Kourtney Eaton and Pele Gianotti each had 12 points.
Nystrom had 18 points, six rebounds and five assists for the Rams (25-9); Elin Gustavsson closed with 12 points and 12 rebounds, and Sofie Tryggedsson also had 12 points.
TULANE 66, GRAMBLING STATE 49
NEW ORLEANS, LA – Tulane put together a strong effort on offense and defense to ease past Grambling State into Round 3.
The Green Wave (18-14) will play at Alabama at 8 p.m. ET on Thursday, March 23.
Tulane had four players reach double figures – Kolby Morgan, Leslie Vorpahl, Courtnie Latham and Harlyn Wyatt. The Green Wave shot better than 50 percent from the field.
Grambling State (19-15) scored just four points in the second quarter.
GEORGIA TECH 63, UCF 51
ATLANTA, GA – With the game tied after three quarters, Georgia Tech outscored UCF by a 21-9 margin in the final eight minutes to move into Round 3.
The Yellow Jackets (19-14) will host Middle Tennessee on Thursday, March 23, with tipoff set for 7 p.m. ET.
Georgia Tech’s Antonia Peresson hit a 3-pointer with 1:30 remaining to make it 56-51, and UCF was unable to score after Aliyah Gregory’s two free throws at the 1:44 mark.
Francesca Pan had 21 points and seven rebounds for the winners, with Kaylan Pugh chipping in 13 points and 10 rebounds. Imani Tillford added 11 points and six assists.
UCF (21-12) got 17 points from Zykira Lewis and 16 from Gregory.