NORTHERN COLORADO 59, SOUTH DAKOTA 58
Greeley, CO – Rebecca Howell’s jumpshot with about three minutes left gave Northern Colorado the lead, and two free throws by D’Shara Strange with two seconds left wrapped it up for the Bears, who will face UCLA in Round 3. That game is at UCLA on Thursday, March 26, with tipoff set for 10 p.m. ET.
Strange had 14 points and eight rebounds for UNC (22-12); Stephanie Lee added 11 points. South Dakota got 19 points from Nicole Seekamp. South Dakota was just 2-of-16 from 3-point range.
OLE MISS 63, GEORGIA TECH 48
Oxford, MS – Ole Miss blew open a tight game, with Georgia Tech laboring through 23 turnovers as the Rebels advanced to Round 3. Ole Miss (19-13) will play at Middle Tennessee on Thursday, March 26, with tipoff set for 8 p.m. ET.
Tia Faleru had a huge game with 24 points, 10 rebounds and four steals. Erika Sisk added 14 points and seven assists. Georgia Tech was paced by Aaliyah Whiteside, who had 16 points, eight rebounds and five assists.
EASTERN MICHIGAN 69, TULSA 59
Tulsa, OK – Janay Morton scored 20 points for Eastern Michigan, which saw its lead cut to four points against Tulsa before steadying at the end and earning a spot in Round 3. The Eagles will face Southern Miss early this week.
Cha Sweeney added 18 points and six assists for the Eagles (24-12). Jamaica Bucknor added 12 points and nine rebounds.
Tulsa (18-14) got 18 points and eight rebounds from Ashley Clark; Mariah Turner added 14 points and seven rebounds.
UCLA 63, SAN DIEGO 58
San Diego, CA – UCLA’s freshman-dominated lineup showed some composure in the final minutes, allowing the Bruins to ease by San Diego and reach Round 3 of the WNIT. UCLA (15-18) will host Northern Colorado on Thursday, March 26, at 10 p.m. ET.
Nirra Fields had 22 points, five rebounds and four steals for the Bruins; Jordin Canada had 15 points. The Bruins nearly paid the price for mediocre free-throw shooting, as they were 14-of-28 overall.
San Diego (25-7) got 16 points and eight rebounds from Malina Hood; Sophia Ederaine added 12 points, 16 rebounds and five blocked shots. The Toreros were just 30 percent from the field and had two points from non-starters.
NC STATE 69, EAST CAROLINA 65
Greenville, NC – Chelsea Nelson converted a layup with 12 seconds to go to drive NC State past East Carolina and into Round 3 of the WNIT. The Wolfpack will play at Temple, Thursday, March 26 at 7 p.m. ET.
Miah Spencer hit five 3-pointers and scored 26 points for the Wolfpack (18-14); Dominique Wilson added 11 points, and Jennifer Mathurin had 10 points and 14 rebounds.
East Carolina had an eight-point lead with 10:28 to go in the second half after a layup from Jada Payne. Payne had 19 points and six rebounds; Jasmine Phillips added 14 points and five rebounds. East Carolina (22-11) shot just under 36 percent from the field.
SOUTHERN MISS 77, TCU 73
Hattiesburg, MS – Southern Miss came back from a 12-point deficit with about 3 minutes to go in regulation to force overtime, then jumped ahead early in the extra session to slip past TCU into Round 3. The Golden Eagles will next play Eastern Michigan.
Southern Miss (24-10) hit five free throws in the last 30 seconds of overtime to secure the win. Tamara Jones had 19 points and eight rebounds, and Jerontay Clemons came through with 17 points, 13 rebounds, five assists and four steals.
TCU (18-14) got 26 points and six rebounds from Zahna Medley. The Frogs shot just 34 percent from the field and had 20 turnovers.
MISSOURI 67, KANSAS STATE 48
Manhattan, KS – With Kansas State going ice-cold from the field in the second half, Missouri moved past the Wildcats and into Round 3 of the WNIT, where it will face either Michigan or Toledo.
The teams were tied at 35-all at halftime; KSU was not only a frigid 16-of-49 from the field, but the free-throw shooting was a dreadful 11-of-26 as well. Missouri (19-13) got 27 points from Morgan Eye, whose nine 3-pointers tied the single-game mark in the WNIT (Jordan Jones, South Carolina, 2008). Sierra Michaelis added 16 points and seven rebounds.
Kansas State (19-14) was led by Haley Texada’s 15 points and five rebounds.
MIDDLE TENNESSEE 70, ARKANSAS STATE 60
Murfreesboro, TN – Middle Tennessee moved to 23-9 and for the first time in program history won a second postseason game, moving past Arkansas State into Round 3. The Blue Raiders will play host to Ole Miss, with tipoff set for Thursday, March 26 at 8 p.m. ET.
Ty Petty had 22 points for MTU. Brea Edwards had her third double-double (18 points, 12 rebounds) in the past five games for Middle Tennessee. Shanice Cason played in her 132nd game for MTSU, tying her with Jackie Pickel for the most in program history, and Olivia Jones added 14 points and 12 rebounds.
Arkansas State falls to 24-11. Aundrea Gamble had 24 points and seven rebounds for the Red Wolves; Jessica Flanery added 12 points.
ST. JOHN’S 77, FORDHAM 63
Queen’s, NY –St. Johns had four players put up double-figure scoring efforts against Fordham, good enough to push the Red Storm into a Round 3 matchup against Villanova. That game is scheduled for Thursday, March 26, at Villanova with a 7 p.m. ET tipoff.
Aliyyah Handford had 23 points and 10 rebounds for St. John’s (23-10). Jade Walker added 17 points; Danaejah Grant had 16 points, and Amber Thompson filled the scorebook with 12 points, eight rebounds and four steals.
Fordham’s season ends at 21-12. Emily Tapio had 19 points for the Rams, while Tiffany Ruffin had 18 points, seven rebounds and five assists. The Rams shot just 40 percent from the field and had 16 turnovers.
TEMPLE 61, PENN 56
Philadelphia, PA – Temple stayed cool after falling behind early and let its defense do the damage against Penn, and the Owls finished off their comeback to move to a Round 3 contest versus NC State That game will be played at Temple, Thursday, March 26 at 7 p.m. ET.
With just over 5 minutes to go, Tanaya Atkinson’s layup for Temple tied the game at 46-all. After two minutes of scoreless play, the Owls (18-16) got a 3-pointer from Alliya Butts to take a lead they would never relinquish. Temple got 16 points and four assists from Feyonda Fitzgerald.
Penn (21-9) was led by Michelle Nwokedi, who rang up 15 points and 14 rebounds.
VILLANOVA 71, OLD DOMINION 66
Villanova, PA – Villanova had a 13-point lead at halftime and watched Old Dominion slowly eat into the advantage, but the Wildcats prevailed to move into Round 3 and a game against St. John’s. That game is scheduled for Thursday, March 26, at Villanova with a 7 p.m. ET tipoff.
Taylor Holeman hit a jumper with four seconds left to seal the victory for Villanova (21-13). Emily Leer had 23 points; Katherine Coyer scored 13 points, and Caroline Coyer added 11 rebounds and seven assists.
Old Dominion (21-13) got a monster game from Jennie Simms – 29 points (5-of-7 from 3-point range), seven rebounds and five assists. Tiffany Minor added 12 points; she hit four 3-pointers, and ODU was 11-of-19 from long range.