ANN ARBOR, MI – Michigan held St. John’s to under 33 percent shooting from the field, while Wolverines offensive stalwarts Katelynn Flaherty and Hallie Thome more than held up their end as Michigan advanced to the Round of 8.
The Wolverines (25-9), who reach the Postseason WNIT semifinals last year, will face Virginia Tech or Penn State in the next round. Tipoff at Michigan is 2 p.m. ET on Saturday, March 25.
St. John’s (22-12) scored just 10 points in the second half. The Red Storm finished 3-for-20 from 3-point range and didn’t get much help from the free throw line, going 1-for-4 there. Senior Jade Walker had 10 points and five rebounds; Alisha Kebbe had nine points and six rebounds, and Maya Singleton closed with 12 rebounds.
Thome finished with 19 points and six rebounds for Michigan, and Flaherty added 17 points and four assists. The team was 15-of-19 from the free throw line.
INDIANA 64, SMU 44
BLOOMINGTON, IN – Indiana took down SMU thanks to two big quarters and a balanced offensive attack to advance into the Round of 8.
The Hoosiers (23-10) will host Villanova in the next round; tipoff is 2 p.m. ET on Sunday, March 26.
Indiana outscored the Mustangs (19-15) by a 12-4 margin in the first quarter and 16-10 in the third, which was enough to build and protect a lead. The Hoosiers had 19 assists on 24 made shots; Karlee McBride had 17 points; Amanda Cahill added 10 points and nine rebounds.
SMU was paced by Alicia Froling’s 16 points and nine rebounds. The Mustangs shot less than 30 percent from the field.
VIRGINIA TECH 64, PENN STATE 55
STATE COLLEGE, PA – Virginia Tech outscored host Penn State by a 17-4 margin in the second quarter, and the Hokies were never seriously threatened the rest of the way.
Virginia Tech (20-13) will play at Michigan in the Round of 8; tipoff is 2 p.m. ET on Saturday, March 25.
The Hokies had 10 3-pointers overall, and featured five players reaching double figures in scoring – Chantette Hicks (13, with six assists), Vanessa Panousis (12 points), Samantha Hill (12), Sidney Cook (11) and Kendyl Brooks (11).
Penn State got a big night from Teniya Page, who closed with 23 points, six rebounds and three assists. Amari Carter added 10 points and seven rebounds.
GEORGIA TECH 70, MIDDLE TENNESSEE 57
ATLANTA, GA – Francesca Pan scored 18 points and added six rebounds, Georgia Tech forced Middle Tennessee into a cold night of shooting as the Yellow Jackets advance to the Round of 8.
Georgia Tech (20-14) will host Alabama or Tulane in the next round; tipoff is set for 2 p.m. ET on Sunday, March 26.
The Yellow Jackets had a 25-point lead after three quarters, shooting better than 45 percent from the field. Zaire O’Neil came through with 14 points and four rebounds.
Ty Petty scored 21 points for the Raiders (23-11), adding six assists and four rebounds. The team shot 35 percent from the field and just 30 percent (8-for-26) from 3-point range.
VILLANOVA 69, JAMES MADISON 67 (OT)
HARRISONBURG, VA – Host James Madison tied the game with one second to go on a 3-pointer from Precious Hall, but Villanova absorbed the shock and hit key free throws to move into the Round of 8.
The Wildcats (19-14) will play at Indiana; tipoff is 2 p.m. ET on Sunday, March 26.
Jannah Tucker, who had 22 points for Villanova, hit a 3-pointer with 33 seconds left in overtime to push the visitors up, 66-62. Alex Louin hit two free throws with 20 seconds to help the effort, finishing with 15 points and five rebounds.
Hall scored 36 points and added nine rebounds while playing 40 minutes; she scored 87 points in her three WNIT games this year. JMU (26-9) outrebounded Villanova, 50-36, but was just 9-of-18 from the free throw line.
IOWA 80, COLORADO 62
IOWA CITY, IA – Alexa Kastanek scored 19 points and Ally Disterhoft added 15 points as Iowa built a 22-point lead through three quarters and cruised into the Round of 8.
The Hawkeyes (20-13) will host Washington State or UC Davis; tipoff is 3 p.m. ET on Sunday, March 26.
Iowa forced 18 turnovers and was very solid offensively, shooting 49 percent from the field. Makenzie Meyer scored 13 points, and Megan Gustafson chipped in with 12 points and eight rebounds.
Colorado (17-16) got 25 points and seven rebounds from Haley Smith, and 12 points came from Ariana Freeman. CU was just 4-for-9 from the free throw line.
ALABAMA 72, TULANE 64
TUSCALOOSA, AL – Hannah Cook had 18 points for Alabama, and Ashley Williams added 15 points and eight rebounds as the Crimson Tide eased into the Round of 8.
Alabama (22-13) will play at Georgia Tech in the next round; tipoff is set for 2 p.m. ET on Sunday, March 26.
Alabama had an 18-9 edge in made free throws and shot 8-of-14 from the 3-point line; the Tide took a 10 point lead after one quarter and never trailed. Quanetria Bolton and Jordan Lewis each scored 13 points as the Tide worked through their 18 turnovers.
Tulane (18-15) got 26 points from Kolby Morgan, and Leslie Vorpahl scored 10 points.
WASHINGTON STATE 71, UC DAVIS 62
PULLMAN, WA – Alexys Swedlund scored 20 points to go with nine rebounds, and Washington State forced UC Davis into 19 turnovers as it rolled into the Round of 8.
Washington State (15-19) will travel to Iowa for the next round; that game is tipping off at 3 p.m. ET on Sunday, March 26.
Pinelopi Pavlopoulou came through with 16 points and six rebounds, and Caila Hailey had 13 points and five rebounds for the Cougars. Washington State prevailed despite shooting just 35 percent from the field.
UC Davis (25-8) scored just nine points in the second quarter and trailed by 13 points at halftime. Rachel Nagel had 20 points, and Pele Gianotti added 11 points and eight rebounds.