Kolby Morgan scores 19 points as Tulane edges Alabama 53-52 in Round One of the Postseason WNIT. The Green Wave will face the winner of Mercer at Georgia Tech which is set to tip Thursday night at 7 p.m. ET.
Tulane led 38-31 heading into the fourth quarter, but Alabama fought its way back with a chance to win the game late. Crimson Tide’s Karyla Middlebrook missed a jumper with six seconds on the clock; a big defensive rebound by Tierra Jones sealed the win for Tulane.
Quantria Bolton scored a team-high 12 points for Alabama coming off the bench. Middlebrooks finished with 11 points hitting all three of her three-point attempts. Hannah Cook also chipped in 11 and pulled down six boards.
Tulane won the game despite struggling from the field hitting 30.9 percent and only 26.3 percent from three-point land. The Green Wave made up for it by forcing 21 Alabama turnovers and hitting 14 of 15 free throw attempts.
Minnesota (20-11) 87, Milwaukee (19-13) 80
MINNEAPOLIS – Minnesota’s Rachel Banham scores 48 points to lead the Gophers to an 87-80 win over Milwaukee in Round One of the WNIT. Banham sets a new Postseason WNIT record for most points in a game surpassing Tamika Whitmore of Memphis who scored 45 against Arkansas State 1999.
Minnesota will host South Dakota in Round Two on Sunday, March 20 with tip slated for 3 p.m. ET. South Dakota knocked off Creighton 74-68 tonight.
Three other Gopher players scored in double figures including 14 points from Mikayla Bailey and ten points each from Carlie Wagner and Shayne Mullaney.
Milwaukee’s Steph Kostowicz finished with a team-high 30 points and 11 rebounds. Siera Ford-Washington chipped in 18 points and dished out seven assists.
Milwaukee led the Gophers at halftime 24-23. Minnesota led 82-80 with 1:48 to play in the 4th quarter following a big three by Milwaukee's Bailey. But solid free throw shooting down the stretch by Banham sealed the win for Minnesota.
South Dakota (27-6) 74, Creighton (17-18) 68
VERMILLION – Five players scored in double figures for the South Dakota Coyotes in a 74-68 win over Creighton on the opening night of the Postseason WNIT. South Dakota will travel to Minnesota to face the Gophers in Round Two which is slated for Sunday, March 20 at 3 p.m. ET.
Tia Hemiller scored a team-high 17 points for the Coyotes who are now 13-1 at home this season. Kelly Stewart and Seekamp each added 15 points; Caitlin Duffy and Jasmine Trimboli both chipped in 10.
Creighton led by four after the first quarter and were up three at half. Audrey Faber led the Bluejays with 25 points going 6 of 11 from behind the arc. Sydney Lamberty added 15 points and Mc McGrory finished with 12.
Both teams shot well from three-point land with Creighton hitting 60 percent and South Dakota 45.5 percent. The Coyotes dominated at the free throw line hitting 18 shots on 21 attempts compared to 6 of 9 by the Bluejays.
Michigan (18-13) 81, Wright State (24-11) 53
ANN ARBOR - In the opening game of the 2016 Postseason WNIT, the Michigan women’s basketball squad used a big third quarter outscoring Wright State 23-7 to cruise to an 81-53 win and advance to Round Two of the WNIT. The Wolverines will host the winner of Bucknell at Akron on Saturday, March 19 at 2 p.m. ET.
With the win, Michigan is now 13-5 in home games this season and moves on to the next round for the second consecutive year. In 2015, Michigan advanced to the WNIT semifinals before falling to eventual champion UCLA, 69-65.
Michigan’s Katelynn Flaherty led all scorers with 22 points on 10 of 19 shooting from the field including two makes from behind the arc. Siera Thompson had a season-high 19 points to go along with five rebounds and six assists.
Richelle van der Keijl finished with a double-double for Wright State with 19 points and 10 rebounds. She also tallied a game-high four blocks in the loss. Mackenzie Taylor hit four three-pointers to finish with 12 points.
Wright State took an early 19-17 lead as the first quarter buzzer sounded, but Michigan outscored the Raiders 64-34 in the remaining three quarters. Michigan forced 21 Raider turnovers and shot 49.3 percent from the field compared to 31.2 percent by Wright State.