Thursday, March 18, 2010 – The St. Bonaventure Bonnies (23-9) came out strong in the first round of the Postseason Women’s National Invitation Tournament defeating Robert Morris, 76-50. The Bonnies, playing out of the Atlantic 10 Conference, earned their second postseason berth in program history.
St. Bonaventure never trailed in the game shooting 50 percent from 3-point land and 55 percent from the field. St. Bonaventure’s Dana Mitchell finished with 27 points leading all scorers and teammate Jessica Jenkins contributed 22. Vega Gimeno-Martinez led the Colonials with 15 points and 6 rebounds and Bianca Hooten chipped in 12.
Robert Morris earned an automatic berth out of the Northeast Conference and finished their season 23-9. St. Bonaventure will host Northwestern at 7 pm EST on Monday night.
Providence edged Boston University, 64-58, at Case Gym in Boston, Mass. Providence earned an automatic berth out of the Big East conference and improves their record to 16-14. Boston University from the America East Conference ends the season 16-15.
Chelsea Marandola finished with 23 points for Providence and was the game’s high scorer. BU’s Aly Hinton led the team with 9 points and 13 boards.
Providence will advance to the second round hosting Old Dominion on Monday, March 22 at 7 pm EST.
Syracuse improved its record to 23-10 and advanced to the second round of the Postseason WNIT with a win over Harvard, 87-68 at Manley Field House. The Orange women’s basketball team is making its third consecutive postseason appearance, and earned an at-large berth out of the Big East Conference. Harvard ends a successful season 20-9 after earning an automatic berth out of the Ivy League Conference.
Syracuse will host the University of Richmond on Monday, March 22 at 7 pm EST.
The Miami Hurricanes moved past the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles, 70-57, at Bank United Center in Coral Gables, Fla. The Hurricanes overcame a 35-27 first-half deficit with sharp-shooting by Shenise Johnson who finished with a game-high 20 points followed by teammate Charmaine Clark who added 13. Chelsea Lyles led the Eagles with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
Florida Gulf Coast, out of the Atlantic Sun Conference, concludes its season 24-7, while Miami moves to 18-13 and advances to the second round. The Hurricanes will host the Florida Gators on Sunday, March 21 at 2 pm EST.
Hofstra defeated Penn State 76-68 at the Bryce Jordan Center ending the Lady Lions’ season and improving its record to 20-13. The Pride of Hofstra earned their first postseason berth since the 2006-07 season and are led by freshman forward Shante Evans. Penn State was playing in its first postseason appearance since 2004-05.
Hofstra will now travel to play Virginia Commonwealth University on Sunday, March 21 at 4 pm EST.
The Florida Gators took an early 14-point lead in the first half and never looked back defeating South Florida, 61-54. Steffi Sorensen scored 16 points and teammate Azania Stewart added 15 to lead the Gators. South Florida’s Jessica Lawson led all scoring with 26 points in 39 minutes of action.
Florida advances to the second round of the Postseason WNIT and moves to 15-16 on the season, while South Florida concludes their season 15-16. Florida will travel to Miami to face the Hurricanes on Sunday, March 21 at 2 pm EST.
The Charlotte 49ers moved past Gardner-Webb 74-60 at Halton Arena in Charlotte, NC. The 49ers scored 45 points in the first half shooting 54 percent from the field and never trailed in the game. Gardner-Webb (28-5) earned an Automatic Berth out of the Big South Conference and finishes a successful season. Charlotte moves to 18-13 and will now host North Carolina A&T on Sunday, March 21 at 3 pm EST.
In other first round games, Virginia Commonwealth overcame a 37-36 first-half deficit to defeat Saint Joseph’s, 74-63. VCU moves to 21-12 on the season, while Saint Joseph’s falls to 17-15. VCU will now host Hofstra on Sunday, March 21 at 4 pm EST.
North Carolina A&T (22-10) rolled past Wake Forest (18-14) 73-49 in the opening round and will now head to Charlotte to take on the 49ers on Sunday, March 21 at 3 pm EST.
The University of Richmond cruised to a 67-49 win over Delaware advancing them to play at Syracuse on Monday, March 22 at 7 pm EST.
Texas Tech edged out Houston 80-77 at the United Spirit Arena in Lubbuck, Texas to advance to the second round. The Lady Raiders improve to 18-14 and earned an Automatic Berth out of the Big 12 Conference, while the Cougars fall to 17-15. Texas Tech will play the winner of Wyoming and Nevada, who play Friday night.
In other tournament action, Marquette will advance to the next round after an 85-56 win over Eastern Illinois, Samford edged Mississippi, 66-65, Northwestern defeated Duquesne, 79-72, and Brigham Young edged Pepperdine, 62-58.
Northwestern will travel to St. Bonaventure on Monday, March 22 to face the Bonnies at 7 pm. Marquette will play the winner of Illinois and Western Kentucky (Friday, 8:05 pm EST) location and time to be announced. Samford will travel to the winner of Missouri State and Oral Roberts (Friday, 8:05 pm EST) time and dates to be determined.
BYU defeated Pepperdine 62-58 and will travel to Arizona State to play Tuesday, March 23 at 9:30 pm EST.
Oregon defeated Eastern Washington 95-66 in first-round action and will host New Mexico at 10 p.m. EST Tuesday, March 23.
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Purdue 56, Eastern Michigan 50
Old Dominion 63, American 55
Kansas 82, Prairie View A&M 70
Illinois State 57, Butler 54
New Mexico 66, SMU 51
Arizona State 84, New Mexico State 61
California 74, UC Davis 69, OT
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Providence 64, Boston University 58
Charlotte 74, Gardner-Webb 60
North Carolina A&T 73, Wake Forest 49
Florida 61, South Florida 54
Miami 70, Florida Gulf Coast 57
St. Bonaventure 76, Robert Morris 50
Syracuse 87, Harvard 68
Richmond 67, Delaware 49
VCU 74, Saint Joseph’s 63
Hofstra 76, Penn State 68
Texas Tech 80, Houston 77
Marquette 85, Eastern Illinois 56
Mississippi 66, Samford 65
Duquesne 79, Northwestern 72
BYU 62, Pepperdine 58
Oregon 95, Eastern Washington 66
Friday, March 19, 2010
Iona at Maryland, 7 p.m. ET
Eastern Carolina at Drexel, 7 p.m. ET
Kent State at Michigan, 7 p.m. ET
Pittsburgh at Toledo, 7 p.m. ET
Stephen F. Austin at Creighton, 8 p.m. ET
Illinois at Western Kentucky, 8 p.m. ET
Oral Roberts at Missouri State, 8:05 p.m. ET
Nevada at Wyoming, 9 p.m. ET
Sunday, March 21, 2010
Utah at Saint Mary’s (CA), 5 p.m. ET
Texas Tech vs. Wyoming-Nevada winner, location/time/date TBA
Marquette vs. Western Kentucky-Illinois winner, location/time/date TBA
Samford at Missouri State-Oral Roberts winner, time/date TBA
Sunday, March 21
Illinois State at Purdue, noon ET
Creighton-Stephen F. Austin winner at Kansas, 2 p.m. ET
Florida at Miami, 2 p.m. ET
North Carolina A&T at Charlotte, 3 p.m. ET
Hofstra at VCU, 4 p.m. ET
Monday, March 22
Old Dominion Providence, 7 p.m. ET
Northwestern at St. Bonaventure, 7 p.m. ET
Richmond at Syracuse, 7 p.m. ET
Tuesday, March 23
BYU at Arizona State, 9:30 p.m. ET
Saint Mary’s-Utah winner at California, 10 p.m. ET
New Mexico at Oregon, 10 p.m. ET