TCU 85, Eastern Michigan 81
FORT WORTH – The TCU women’s basketball team withstands a late surge from a feisty Eastern Michigan squad to advance to the third round of the WNIT following an 85-81 win.
Five TCU players scored in double figures including a team-high 23 points from AJ Alix. Veja Hamilton finished with 18 points and eight rebounds and Zahna Medley added 13 points and five assists. Toree Thompson and Jada Butts chipped in 11 and 10 points, respectively.
Three EMU players scored 20 or more points with Chanise Baldwin’s 26, 24 for Cha Sweeney and 20 by Janay Morton.
TCU entered the game coming off a 97-73 victory over UT Rio Grande Valley. The 97 points was the most scored by TCU in a postseason game in program history and the most by a Big 12 Conference team all-time in a Postseason WNIT game.
TCU will play the winner of Arkansas State at UTEP which is slated to tip on Monday, March 21 at 9 p.m. ET. Third round game information will be announced immediately following the game.
Northern Iowa 64, Drake 58
CEDAR FALLS – Northern Iowa knocks off Missouri Valley Conference foe Drake 64-58 to advance to the third round of the Postseason WNIT.
Senior forward Amber Sorenson finished with a team-high 16 points for UNI. Stephanie Davison recorded 15 points and Madison Weekly added 13. Sharnae Lamar dished out 15 assists in the game which sets a new single-game WNIT record. The previous record of 13 was held by six players.
Maddy Dean finished with a game-high 19 points and nine rebounds for Drake while Sara Rhine scored 11.
Both teams struggled from the field tonight with Drake hitting 37 percent and Northern Iowa 36. The Panthers connected on 12 three-pointers, while the Bulldogs were only 5 of 22 on the night.
The win marked the third WNIT victory in school history for Northern Iowa. Both teams know each other well with the series dating back to 1975. With the loss, Drake is now 56-24 all-time against the Panthers.
San Diego 59, IUPUI 48
INDIANAPOLIS – The San Diego Toreros (25-7) advance to round three of the Postseason WNIT after a 59-48 road win over the IUPUI Jaguars (21-11) Saturday evening in Indianapolis.
Sophomore forward Sydney Williams finished with a team-high 16 points for San Diego. Maya Hood added 12 points and four steals.
IUPUI sophomore guard Danielle Lawrence was the only player in double figures for the Jaguars scoring a game-high 18 points.
San Diego shot 54 percent from three-point land connecting on 6 of 11 shots, while holding IUPUI to a mere 13 percent (2 of 15) from behind the arc. The Toreros also forced 25 Jaguar turnovers.
San Diego is playing in the WNIT for the sixth time in school history and is making its fifth consecutive appearance in the tournament. The team will be playing in the third round for the first time since the 2013-14 season. In 2012, the Toreros advanced all the way to the semifinals.
USD will travel to Ann Arbor to face the Michigan Wolverines on Tuesday, March 22 at 7 p.m. ET. Michigan is coming off a 95-72 home win over Bucknell.
Hofstra 82, Villanova 74
VILLANOVA – Five players score in double figures and the Hofstra Pride use a 10-2 run to open the fourth quarter to defeat Villanova 82-74 to advance to round three of the #WNIT.
Senior guard Jakelle King-Gilchrist scored a game-high 22 points and pulled down seven rebounds in the win for Hofstra. Darius Faulk added 17 points and dished out eight assists. Anjie White finished with 14 points, while Kelly Loftus and Aleana Leon both had 11.
Katherine Coyer scored a team-high 21 points coming off the bench for Villanova (20-12) and Adrianna Hahn finished with 18. The wildcats led 54-53 at the end of the third quarter following a layup by Coyer as time expired, but Hofstra’s 10-2 run to open the fourth quarter was too much for Villanova to recover from. Hofstra would go on to lead by as much 11 points in the fourth.
Hofstra (24-8) is making its sixth-ever appearance in the WNIT and is in the field for the second straight year. With the win, the Pride tie the all-time series with Villanova at 1-1. The only other meeting came in 2006 where both teams met in the WNIT second round with the Wildcats prevailing, 71-46.
Hofstra advances to the third round for the first time since 2007 when the team made a run to the quarterfinals before falling to Western Kentucky. The Pride will play the winner of Virginia at Rutgers matchup which is set to tip Sunday, March 20 at 2 p.m. ET. Hofstra’s third round game information will be released following the conclusion of that game.
Michigan 95, Bucknell 72
ANN ARBOR – For the third straight season, the University of Michigan women’s basketball team advances to the third round of the Postseason WNIT after defeating Bucknell, 95-72. It’s the fifth time in school history the Wolverines have advanced to round three of the WNIT.
Both teams finished with four players in double figures. Michigan outscored Bucknell 33-14 in the fourth quarter and shot 57 percent from the field in the win. The Bison shot well from behind the arc hitting 8 of 15 attempts.
Michigan sophomore Katelynn Flaherty finished with 15 points, becoming the first Wolverine in school history and the 16th player in Big Ten history to reach the 700-point mark in a single season. Hallie Thome led all scorers with 24 points hitting 11 of 15 shots; Siera Thompson netted 20 and Madison Ristovski added 16.
Jacquie Klotz led Bucknell with 21 points and seven rebounds. Sune Swart came off the bench to score 16 points and six rebounds. Kyi English and Claire DeBoer finished with 14 and 10 points respectively.
Michigan (19-13) is now 3-0 all-time against Bucknell (27-6); the two teams met last year in Ann Arbor with the Wolverines winning 68-61. Michigan will host San Diego in round three on Tuesday, March 22 at 7 p.m. ET.