Chrisstasia Walter led Arkansas with 26 points and five rebounds. The Razorbacks (22-11) were able to do what few teams have been able to do – contain Oral Roberts sophomore sensation Kevi Luper, who entered the night leading the nation in scoring with 24.3 points a game. Luper finished with four points on 1-of-9 shooting. Teammate Jordan Pyle led the Golden Eagles (23-11) with 15 points and five rebounds.
Arkansas, which won the rebounding battle 36-22, will face Thursday’s Illinois State-Duquesne winner in the quarterfinals at a date and location to be announced.
In Wednesday’s other Round 3 game, Southern Cal took control in the second half and went on to defeat host BYU 62-50.
USC (22-12), now in the WNIT’s Quarterfinal round for the first time in school history and sporting the program’s most wins in 17 years, had four players score in double figures. Briana Gilbreath had 14 points, 8 rebounds, and 4 assists for the Trojans.
BYU (25-9) had closed out the first half with a 10-0 run thanks to eight points by Mindy Bonham, who led all scorers with 21 points. USC, however, opened the second half with an 11-0 run of its own to go up 36-31, and never trailed after that.
Round 3 Games
Wednesday, March 23
Arkansas 78, Oral Roberts 59
Southern Cal 62, BYU 50