Des Moines, IA – Eastern Michigan saw its 11-point lead in the second half whittled back to two points, but a cluster of free throws in the final minutes guided the Eagles into Round 2, where they will play at Tulsa on Sunday, March 22, with a 6 p.m. ET tipoff.
Cha Sweeney had 28 points, five rebounds and five assists for Eastern Michigan (23-12). Janay Morton added 15 points. Drake (20-11) got 19 points and five assists from Lizzy Wendell; Caitlin Ingle added 17 points and seven rebounds.