ARLINGTON, TX - Toma Zaleckaite hits a layup at the buzzer as UT Arlington slips past Jacksonville 56-54 in the WNIT consolation round.
Jacksonville’s Sherranda Reddick scored a game-high 26 points, but it wasn’t enough for the Dolphins who led at halftime 25-19 and by as much as 11 points with nine minutes left in the third quarter.
The Mavs fought back and took a 54-49 lead with 51 seconds remaining in the fourth before Jacksonville’s Kayla Gordon hit a three-pointer to bring the score within two. Two free throws by Reddick tied the game with one second remaining. Due to the new rule this year, which allows teams to advance the ball to the front court with a timeout, the Mavs threw a lob pass to Zaleckaite who hit a layup as the buzzer sounded. A quick check of the replay confirmed the bucket was good.
Morgan Holly finished with a team-high 10 points for UT Arlington.
SOUTHERN ILLINOIS 73, SIENA 54
CARBONDALE, IL – Four Southern Illinois players score in double figures and the Salukis use a 30-point third quarter to defeat Siena 73-54 in the WNIT consolation round.
Azia Washington scored 12 points to lead SIU which shot 46.2% from the field. Teammate Cartaesha Macklin chipped in 11 points and five rebounds. Kylie Giebelhausen and Rishonda Napier each added 10 points.
Kollyns Scarbrough finished with a game-high 18 points for Siena and Jackie Benitez netted 10 points. Siena only hit 2 of 11 three-point attempts and finished the game 27.4% from the field.
CHATTANOOGA 53, SOUTHERN MISS 48 OT
CHATTANOOGA, TN — No. 24 Chattanooga fought back from a seven-point deficit entering the fourth quarter Friday to force overtime against Southern Miss, earning the Mocs a victory in a consolation round game of the 2015 Preseason WNIT.
Jasmine Joyner paced the Mocs with 20 points, 13 rebounds and six blocked shots. Kelana Gilbert added 12 points. Joyner hit a free throw with about two minutes left in the game to make it 44-43 for Chattanooga, and Jerontay Clemons tied it for Southern Miss with a free throw with 46 seconds remaining. Moses Johnson scored five points in overtime for the Mocs.
Southern Miss got 15 points from Clemons; Caitlin Jenkins added 14 points and 10 rebounds.
MCNEESE STATE 78, DARTMOUTH 56
ARLINGTON, TX — Jayln Johnson scored 19 points and teammate Allison Baggett added 13 points for McNeese State on Friday, which rolled past Dartmouth in a consolation round of the Preseason WNIT.
McNeese State will face Jacksonville or UT Arlington on Saturday in the final round of consolation play.
Dartmouth was led by Daisy Jordan, who had 14 points and eight rebounds. The team shot just 27 percent from the field and had 16 turnovers.
TENNESSEE STATE 74, ALABAMA STATE 64
CARBONDALE, IL — I’mani Davis scored 20 points, Jayda Johnson scored 19 points and two others hit double figures for Tennessee State, which scored 32 points in the fourth quarter and posted the win Friday in a consolation round of the Preseason WNIT.
The Lady Tigers will play Siena or Southern Illinois on Saturday in the final round of consolation play.
Alabama State was led by Britney Wright, who scored 17 points and added seven rebounds. Daniele Ewert scored 12 points.