Oklahoma State wins, 81-74
Oklahoma State shot 56.1 percent from the field and outrebounded Pepperdine 40-27 as the Cowgirls won 81-74 to move on to the second round of the WNIT.
Toni Young scored 34 points and had 18 rebounds for OSU in the victory. Pepperdine’s Katie Menton finished with 29 points and 6 boards to lead the Waves.
Pepperdine ends the season with an 18-12 record while Oklahoma State improves to 17-14.
OSU’s WNIT selection marks the first time in school history the Cowgirls have appeared in the postseason five consecutive seasons. During their current string, the Cowgirls have played in the NCAA Tournament in 2007, 2008 and 2010 as well as the WNIT in 2009.
Pepperdine has qualified for nine postseason appearances in the last 13 seasons. The Waves made their first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance in 2000 with an at-large bid, then captured the WCC Tournament title and subsequent NCAA appearances in 2002, 2003 and 2006.
In addition to NCAA appearances, the Waves were invited to the WNIT in 1999, 2001, 2004 and 2010. Pepperdine was edged by BYU, 62-58, in the first round of last season''s WNIT.
Oklahoma State will play at Wyoming in Round 2, scheduled for 9 p.m. EST Monday, March 21.
Carlson leads Wyoming into second round
Wyoming handled Portland State 79-44 in winning its 11th Postseason WNIT game in 17 outings. The Cowgirls will host the Cowgirls of Oklahoma State at 9 p.m. EST Monday in Round 2.
Wyoming (23-8) was led by Hillary Carlson, who poured in 26 points and added seven rebounds. Courtney Van Brocklin chipped in 11 points for Portland State (20-12), co-champions of the Big Sky Conference regular season and winners of at least 20 games for the third time in four years.
Davis scores 33 as KU advances
The Kansas Jayhawks (21-12) are now 19-0 all time versus Wichita State in games played in Lawrence after a 79-58 win Wednesday night. KU’s Carolyn Davis led all scorers with 33 points and teammate Monica Engleman added 12.
Jessica Diamond scored 18 and Haleigh Lankster chipped in 13 for the Shockers who finish the season with a 17-15 record.
Kansas is 15-4 at home on the season, including a perfect 11-0 mark versus non-conference opponents. The Jayhawks are now 9-4 in the WNIT in its current format, including an 8-0 mark at home.
Kansas will wait to face the winner of the Duquesne/Kent State game on Thursday.
Wisconsin 68-48 over Butler
Wisconsin rolls in 68-48 win over Butler to advance to the second round of the Postseason WNIT. Lin Zastrow scored 22 for the Badgers in 35 minutes of action. Butler’s Brittany Brown finished with 14 points and 9 rebounds.
UW is now 18-12 in 13 postseason appearances, including a 15-4 mark in the WNIT.
Wisconsin last competed in the WNIT in 2009, going 1-1 and losing in the quarterfinals to St. Bonaventure. The Badgers won the 2000 WNIT Championship, defeating Florida 75-74 in the title game, and finished as the runner-up champion in 2007, losing at Wyoming 72-56 in the championship game.
Wisconsin will wait to face the winner of the Illinois State/Central Michigan game on Thursday.
Charlotte advances in WNIT
Charlotte (24-9) moves on to the second round of the Postseason WNIT with a 62-56 win over Liberty (22-11). Epiphany Woodson led all scorers with 22 points in the victory for the 49ers.
Devon Brown and Avery Warley led Liberty with 14 points a piece.
Charlotte made its 10th postseason tournament appearance in school history and their ninth consecutive postseason tournament appearance.
This game marked the first-ever meeting between Charlotte and Liberty. However, is the third time in the last five years that the 49ers will play a Big South team in the first round of the WNIT at home. Charlotte defeated High Point in 2007 and Gardner-Webb last season in the WNIT at home.
Charlotte will face South Carolina in Columbia, SC, on Sunday at 2pm EST. South Carolina defeated Appalachian State (67-54) earlier in the evening.
Toledo defeats Delaware
Yolanda Richardson scored 14 points to lead Toledo (24-8) in the opening round of the Postseason WNIT 58-55 over the University of Delaware. Delaware’s Elena Delle Donne led all scorers with 31 points.
Andola Dortch, Toledo''s best free throw shooter, hit two free throws in the final 10 seconds to help seal the win for the comeback Rockets.
Toledo is appearing in the WNIT for the second time in as many seasons under 2010-11 MAC Coach of the Year Tricia Cullop and the seventh overall. In 2010, the Rockets defeated Big East member Pittsburgh in the first round at home, 70-58, before suffering a 72-57 setback to Big Ten foe and eventual semifinalist Michigan in Ann Arbor.
Toledo will take on the winner of the Tennessee Tech/Auburn contest slated to play on Thursday. Toledo will host that winner at noon EST Saturday.
Sheahin scores 27 as Loyola-Maryland wins
Behind Katie Sheahin’s 27 points and 9 rebounds, Loyola-Maryland defeated Old Dominion 67-65 at the Ted Constant Center in Norfolk, VA, in the opening round of the Postseason WNIT. Tia Lews led ODU with 18 points and 8 rebounds.
Sheahin came into the game averaging 12 points per game and the Greyhounds shot 58.3% from the field as a team.
Loyola-Maryland will face the winner of the Virginia/Morgan State first round contest played Thursday in Charlottesville, VA.
This is only the third postseason berth for the Loyola''s women''s basketball program and the first since participating in consecutive NCAAs following back-to-back MAAC Tournament titles in 1994-1995. ODU was making its 19th postseason appearance in twenty years.
South Carolina 67-54 over Appalachian State
Dawn Staley won her first postseason game as the Head Coach of the South Carolina (25-6) women’s basketball team after a 67-54 win over Appalachian State (17-14) in the opening round of WNIT.
The Gamecocks will move on to face the Charlotte 49ers in the second round on Sunday at 2 pm EST in Columbia, SC.
Markeshia Grant led South Carolina with 12 points and 4 boards. Appalachian State’s Courtney Freeman chipped in 13 points and 3 rebounds in the loss.
South Carolina is making its fourth appearance in the Postseason WNIT. The Gamecocks have advanced as far as the third round of the event (2007).
South Carolina and Appalachian State had not met since the 2003-04 season.