UAB 60, CHATTANOOGA 50
BIRMINGHAM, AL – Kara Rawls led a balanced scoring attack for UAB, scoring 14 points to go with six rebounds as the host Blazers advanced past Round 1 of the Postseason WNIT. The Blazers will face Georgia Tech, the 2017 runner-up in the tournament, in the next round.
Deanna Kuzmanic, a junior who topped the career 1,000-point mark for the Blazers this season, had 11 points and five rebounds. Katelynn Thomas came through with 11 points.
UAB (27-6) trailed by five points after the first quarter but rang up 20 points in the next 10 minutes to take the lead. The Blazers were just 3-of-18 from 3-point range but held the Lady Mocs to 37 percent shooting from the floor.
Chattanooga (17-13) got 16 points from Arianne Whitaker and Lakelyn Bouldin.
WEST VIRGINIA 83, BUCKNELL 50
MORGANTOWN, WV – Teana Muldrow led the way for the Mountaineers with 20 points and eight rebounds as West Virginia took the lead early and never looked back in Round 1 of the Postseason WNIT.
West Virginia (22-11) will face Saint Joseph’s in the next round.
The Mountaineers were 9-of-16 from 3-point range and held Bucknell (22-10) to 35 percent shooting. Kristina King added 13 points for West Virginia.
Bucknell got 15 points from Kaitlyn Slagus.
MICHIGAN STATE 81, CINCINNATI 75
EAST LANSING, MI – Taryn McCutcheon had 19 points and nine assists for the Spartans, who held off a late push from the Bearcats to advance past Round 1 of the Postseason WNIT.
Taya Reimer added 16 points for MSU (18-13), and Jenna Allen added 15 points and seven rebounds. The Spartans will play either Toledo or Wright State in Round 2.
Genesis Parker poured in 30 points for Cincinnati (19-13).
RADFORD 63, PENN STATE 62 (OT)
STATE COLLEGE, PA – Destinee Walker had 13 points and eight rebounds for Radford, which won in overtime on the road against Penn State.
Janayla White added 12 points and seven rebounds for Radford (23-8), and Jayda Worthy closed with 11 points and six rebounds.
Penn State was paced by Amari Carter, who had 16 points.
ST. JOHN’S 68, MARIST 47
JAMAICA, NY – St. John’s help Marist to 33 percent shooting, and just 3-for-15 from 3-point range, as the Red Storm rolled into Round 2 of the Postseason WNIT.
St. John’s (16-14) had five players reach double figures in scoring, with Andrayah Adams pacing the team with 14 points. Maya Singleton had 12 points and 11 rebounds.
The Red Foxes (20-13) were led by Maura Fitzpatrick, who had 20 points and five rebounds.
DUQUESNE 69, MIAMI (OH) 56
OXFORD, OH – Chassidy Omogrosso had 31 points and six rebounds for Duquesne, which scored just 10 points in the first quarter but rallied past Miami (OH) to advance to Round 2 of the Postseason WNIT.
Paige Cannon added 14 points and six rebounds for Duquesne (23-7).
Savannah Kluesner and Kendall McCoy each had 17 points for Miami (OH).
GEORGIA TECH 85, BETHUNE-COOKMAN 32
ATLANTA, GA – Hitting the ground running after reaching the championship game of the 2017 Postseason WNIT, Georgia Tech outscored Bethune-Cookman, 22-5, in the second quarter to take command and advance in Round 1 of the 2018 tournament.
The Yellow Jackets (19-13) got 19 points from Francesca Pan and 17 points and 13 rebounds from Lorela Cubaj.
The Wildcats (24-7) were led by Angel Golden, who had eight points. Bethune-Cookman head coach Vanessa Blair-Lewis was back on the sidelines after missing last week’s MEAC Tournament after giving birth to her second child.
PURDUE 48, IUPUI 46
INDIANAPOLIS, IN – After trailing at halftime, Purdue outscored IUPUI by 10 points in a low-scoring affair to advance to Round 2.
Andreona Keys had 14 points for the Lady Boilermakers, and Karissa McLaughlin added 13 points.
Tamya Sims and Macee Williams each had 12 points for IUPUI.
BALL STATE 69, MIDDLE TENNESSEE 60
MUNCIE, IN – Ball State used a 28-12 advantage in made free throws to pull ahead and then put away Middle Tennessee and advance to Round 2 of the Postseason WNIT.
Carmen Grande had 16 points for Ball State, and Destiny Washington added 15 points. Moriah Monaco closed with 14 points.
For Middle Tennessee, Jess Louro had 12 points.
INDIANA 74, UT MARTIN 50
BLOOMINGTON, IN – Indiana outscored UT Martin by 13 points in the third quarter to establish a lead, and Jaelynn Penn finished with 25 points and six rebounds for Indiana.
The Hoosiers (17-14) also got 14 points from both Tyra Buss and Amanda Cahill.
The Skyhawks (19-14) got 18 points from Kendall Spray.
JMU 60, ETSU 52
HARRISONBURG, VA – Lexie Barrier had 27 points and seven rebounds for James Madison, which was just 3-of-16 from 3-point range but did convert 23 of its 26 looks from the free-throw line.
Tianna Tarter and Erica Haynes-Overton each had 15 points for ETSU.
ETSU shot just 33 percent from the field and had 18 turnovers.
TCU 80, LAMAR 68
FORT WORTH, TX – Jordan Moore had 24 points and 10 rebounds for TCU (20-12), which shot almost 61 percent from the field.
Kianna Ray added 16 points for the Horned Frogs.
For Lamar (22-8), Jadyn Pimentel had 23 points, with Moe Kinard adding 16 points.
MISSOURI STATE 63, LOUISIANA TECH 59
RUSTON, LA – Missouri State scored just nine points in the first quarter but slowly got backin the game, as Brice Calip finished with 16 points and four rebounds for the Bears.
Danielle Gitzen added 15 points and six rebounds, with Aubrey Buckley closing with 11 points and nine rebounds.
For Louisiana Tech, Alexus Malone had 24 pints and 18 rebounds.
SOUTH DAKOTA 65, HOUSTON 58
VERMILLION, SD – Jaycee Bradley had 12 points, Ciara Duffy added 11 more, and both Allison Arens and Madison McKeever had 10points as a balanced attack send South Dakota to Round 2 of the Postseason WNIT.
The Coyotes were 9-of-27 from 3-point range.
Houston was led by Serithia Hawkins, who had 17 points and 16 rebounds. Angela Harris had 15 points.
RICE 71 TEXAS STATE 60
HOUSTON, TEXAS – Facing in-state rival Texas State, Rice (23-9) wasted no time jumping out to the early lead in front of the Owl home faithful. Leading the entire way, the Owls took down the Bobcats (23-10) 71-60 in the First-Round of the 2018 Postseason WNIT.
Four Texas State Players (Taeler Deer, Brooke Holle, Toshua Leavitt and Ericka May) each finished in double figures on the evening.
Erica Ogwumike led the way for Rice with 27 points and 10 rebounds, the only player to achieve a double-double in the contest. Rice’s defense held Texas State to under 40 percent shooting while the Owls hit 46.2 percent of its shots in the victory.
MILWAUKEE 81 NORTHERN IOWA 67
CEDAR FALLS, IOWA – Milwaukee (21-11) was virtually unstoppable on Thursday night in the opening round of the 2018 Postseason WNIT. Shooting a blistering 69 percent from the field, the Panthers advanced to Round 2, beating Northern Iowa 81-67.
Rose Simon-Ressler and Megan Maahs were two bright spots for UNI (19-14), finishing with 15 and 14 points, respectively.
Milwaukee was led by the dynamic duo of Jamie Reit (21 points and three rebounds) and Jenny Lindner (19 points and eight rebounds). Steph Kostowicz also contributed a cool 13 points for the Panthers.
KANSAS STATE 75, SAINT LOUIS 61
MANHATTAN, KS – Peyton Williams had 21 points and eight rebounds, and Kansas State used a 42-28 edge in rebounding to move past Saint Louis.
Kayla Goth added 19 points for the Wildcats, and Rachel Ranke came through with 17 points and 10 rebounds.
For the Billikens, Maddison Gits had 14 points; Jenny Vliet added 13 points and six rebounds.
WYOMING 67, NEW MEXICO STATE 59
LARAMIE, WY – Wyoming took a 10-point lead after one quarter and kept New Mexico State at arm’s length the rest of the way, setting up a game against UC Davis for the Cowgirls in Round 2.
Liv Roberts had 28 pints and six rebounds for Wyoming; Taylor Rusk added 16 points for the home team. The Cowgirls shot 56 percent from the field.
New Mexico State got 21 points and eight rebounds from Brooke Salas, and 20 points and five rebounds from Gia Pack.
COLORADO STATE 67, WESTERN ILLINOIS 64
FORT COLLINS, CO – Colorado State scored 27 points in the final quarter to cap off the comeback, earning the Rams a spot in Round 2 of the Postseason WNIT against South Dakota.
Lore Devos had 19 points for Colorado State, and Annie Brady closed with 18 points and 11 rebounds. The Rams were trailing 64-63 before closing the game in the final minute on a layup and two free throws.
Western Illinois got 17 points and eight rebounds from Taylor Higginbotham and 14 points from Michelle Farrow.
NEW MEXICO 82, SAINT MARY’S 80
ALBUQUERQUE, NM – Cherise Beynon had 33 points and eight rebounds for New Mexico, which held off a Saint Mary’s rally of 28 points in the fourth quarter.
Jaisa Nunn had 16 points and six rebounds for the Lobos, who made 11 3-pointers and forced 24 turnovers.
Saint Mary’s guard Stella Beck had 29 points and 10 rebounds. Madeline Holland added 14 points.
UC DAVIS 82, IDAHO 62
DAVIS, CA – Morgan Bertsch had 27 points on 12-of-15 shooting from the floor, and the Aggies forced 16 turnovers in advancing to Round 2 of the Postseason WNIT, where they will play Wyoming.
Rachel Nagel added 10 points for UC Davis.
Idaho was paced by Taylor Pierce, who had 19 points, and Mikayal Ferenz, who added 18 points.
UTAH 78, UNLV 68
SALT LAKE CITY, UT – Utah’s Megan Huff had 17 points and nine rebounds, and Tori Williams added 15 points as the Utes took an 18-point lead at halftime and made it stand up.
Utah will play Kansas State in Round 2. Tilar Clark added 13 points for the Utes.
UNLV got 17 points from Brooke Johnson and 12 points each from Katie Powell (who added 10 rebounds) and Rodjanae Wade.
Round 2 Matchups
Saturday, March 17
Missouri State at TCU, 1 p.m. ET
Radford at JMU, 7 p.m. ET
Sunday, March 18
Milwaukee at Indiana, 2 p.m. ET
Purdue at Ball State, 2 p.m. ET
Colorado State at South Dakota, 2 p.m. ET
UAB at Georgia Tech, 2 p.m. ET
UCF at Alabama, 3 p.m. ET
UC Davis at Wyoming, 4 p.m. ET
Saint Joseph’s at West Virginia, 4 p.m. ET
Utah at Kansas State, 6 p.m. ET
Monday, March 19
Toledo/Wright State at Michigan State, 7 p.m. ET
Duquesne at Georgetown/Delaware, 7 p.m. ET
Tuesday, March 20
Rice at New Mexico, 9 p.m. ET
St. John’s vs. Albany/Penn, TBA
Fordham/Harvard vs. Drexel Robert Morris, TBA
George Mason/Stephen F. Austin vs. Virginia Tech/Navy, TBA