Wednesday, March 17, 2010 – Playing in front of a home crowd at The Pit, the New Mexico Lobos defeated SMU, 66-51, advancing to the second round of the Postseason WNIT.
New Mexico (19-12) trailed early in the game, but sparked by a Sara Halasz layup at the 14:54 mark the Lobos went on a 13-2 run and never surrendered the lead. Halasz led all scorers with 17 points and pulled down 5 rebounds. Brittany Gilliam led SMU with 14 points and 7 boards and teammate Christine Elliot added 11. The Mustangs tied for second in Conference USA this season and end the year with a 20-11 record.
New Mexico will face the winner of Eastern Washington at Oregon (Thursday, 10 pm EST). The date and location has yet to be determined.
Arizona State earned a spot in the second round of the Postseason WNIT with an 84-61 win over New Mexico State. The Sun Devils move to 18-13 on the season and are making their 11th consecutive postseason appearance. The Aggies, out of the Western Athletic Conference, conclude the year with an 18-13 record.
Arizona State will host the winner of Pepperdine at BYU scheduled for Thursday at 9 pm EST. The date and time of the Round 2 game will be set Thursday.
Cal escaped with a 74-69 overtime win Wednesday night against visiting UC Davis. The game was tied at halftime 36-all, and again at the end at 60-60 before Cal (19-13) outscored UC Davis in the extra period. UC Davis, which won the regular-season title in the Big West Conference, finishes its season at 21-11. Cal will host the Saint Mary’s-Utah winner at 10 p.m. ET on Tuesday, March 23.
The Kansas Jayhawks advanced to the next round of the Postseason WNIT with an 82-70 victory over Prairie View A&M in Allen Field House.
KU was led by Krysten Boogard’s 37 points and 8 boards moving the Jayhawks to 16-15 on the season. Prairie View A&M’s Dominique Smith finished with 19 points and 4 blocks as the Lady Panthers finish their season 15-13.
Kansas, which was the 2009 runner-up in the Postseason WNIT, will be back in action on Sunday, March 21 at 2 pm EST as they host the winner of Creighton and Stephen F. Austin. That game is slated for Friday night at 8 pm EST.
Illinois State, the regular-season champions in the Missouri Valley Conference, edged out Butler 57-54, advancing to the next round of play. The Redbirds defended a Butler 3-pointer with only seconds to play to hold off the Bulldogs and move their record to 25-7 for the season. Butler’s Melanie Thornton led all scorers with 25 points and 15 rebounds. The Bulldogs finish a successful season with a 23-10 record coming out of the Horizon Conference.
Illinois State will head to West Lafayette, Ind., to take on the Purdue Boilermakers on Sunday, March 21at noon EST.
Old Dominion advanced to the second round of the WNIT after defeating American 63-55 in first-round action. Old Dominion improves to 19-13, while American ends its season at 22-10.
The Lady Monarchs led by as many as 14 points in the first half and never trailed in the game. Old Dominion will play the winner of Boston University and Providence, who are slated to play Thursday night at 7 p.m. EST.
In other tournament action, the Purdue Boilermakers overcame a 23-19 first-half deficit to edge out the Eastern Michigan Eagles, 56-50. The Boilermakers, who earned the automatic qualifying berth out of the Big Ten Conference, move to 15-16 on the season, while Eagles capped their successful season at 22-9 overall.
Purdue used a 7-0 run in the opening minutes of the second half to take the lead and hold off Eastern Michigan. Tavelyn James of Eastern Michigan led all scorers with 26 points and teammate Cassie Schrock chipped in 17. Brittany Rayburn led Purdue with 20 points in 29 minutes of action. The Boilermakers will host the second round of the Postseason WNIT on Sunday, March 21 at noon EST against Illinois State, the winner over Butler.
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 at Boston University, 7 p.m. ET
Gardner-Webb at Charlotte, 7 p.m. ET
North Carolina A&T at Wake Forest, 7 p.m. ET
South Florida at Florida, 7 p.m. ET
Florida Gulf Coast at Miami, 7 p.m. ET
Robert Morris at St. Bonaventure, 7 p.m. ET
Harvard at Syracuse, 7 p.m. ET
Richmond at Delaware, 7 p.m. ET
VCU at Saint Joseph’s, 7 p.m. ET
Hofstra at Penn State, 7 p.m. ET
Houston at Texas Tech, 8 p.m. ET
Eastern Illinois at Marquette, 8 p.m. ET
Mississippi at Samford, 8 p.m. ET
Duquesne at Northwestern, 8 p.m. ET
Pepperdine at BYU, 9 p.m. ET
Eastern Washington at Oregon, 10 p.m. ET
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
Old Dominion at Boston University-Providence winner, date TBA
BYU-Pepperdine winner at Arizona State, date TBA
New Mexico vs. Oregon-Eastern Washington winner, location/date TBA
Sunday, March 21, 2010
Illinois State at Purdue, noon ET
Creighton-Stephen F. Austin winner at Kansas, 2 p.m. ET
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Saint Mary’s-Utah winner at California, 10 p.m. ET