Monday, March 22, 2010 – Jenna Smith scored 29 points and had 14 rebounds to lead Illinois over Marquette 74-72 in overtime in a Round 2 game of the Postseason Women’s National Invitation Tournament.
Illinois (18-14), playing in the postseason for the 12th time in the past 14 years, advances to the WNIT third round to play at Missouri State at 8:05 p.m. EST Thursday, March 25.
Smith, who became Illinois’ leading scorer in history her last game out, tied the Illinois single-season double-double record of 20 with her performance Monday. She has 2,137 points for her career. Teammate Lacey Simpson had four steals against Marquette to move into sole possession of second place on the all-time Big Ten career steals list.
Marquette (17-16) was led by Sarina Simmons, who had 12 points and 10 rebounds in the Golden Eagles’ final game of the season.
In other games Monday, Northwestern (18-14) defeated St. Bonaventure (23-10) in a back-and-forth matchup. The Wildcats won 66-62 and will play at fellow Big Ten Conference foe Michigan at 7 p.m. ET Thursday in Round 3.
Syracuse (24-10) will host VCU in a Round 3 game Friday, thanks to a 69-55 victory over Richmond (20-13).
Providence also advanced to the third round, as the Friars (18-14) outlasted Old Dominion 76-61. The Lady Monarchs, who won the regular-season title in the Colonial, ended their season with a 19-14 record.
Monday, March 22
Illinois 74, Marquette 72, OT
Providence 76, Old Dominion 61
Northwestern 66, St. Bonaventure 62
Syracuse 69, Richmond 55
Tuesday, March 23
Texas Tech at Wyoming, 9 p.m. ET
BYU at Arizona State, 9:30 p.m. ET
Utah at California, 10 p.m. ET
New Mexico at Oregon, 10 p.m. ET
Thursday, March 25
Providence at Maryland, 7 p.m. ET
North Carolina A&T at Miami, 7 p.m. ET
Northwestern at Michigan, 7 p.m. ET
Kansas at Illinois State, 8:05 p.m. ET
Illinois at Missouri State, 8:05 p.m. ET
Friday, March 26
VCU at Syracuse, 7 p.m. ET