November 15, 2010 – Purdue and Florida each won closely contested home games Monday night to advance to the semifinal round of the Preseason WNIT.
Purdue took control in the final minutes to defeat visiting Toledo 79-66. Drey Mingo led the Boilermakers with 21 points, nine rebounds, and four blocks. Purdue will host South Dakota State in Thursday’s semifinal beginning at 7 p.m. ET.
Toledo, led by Naama Shafir with 23 points and six assists, will play in Consolation Round 3 on a day to be announced Tuesday.
Florida also battled for its victory, edging Charlotte 76-70 in the final minutes to advance to the semis. The Gators, led by Jordan Jones’ 19 points and five rebounds, will play at DePaul in the semifinals Thursday.
Charlotte, led by Epiphany Woodson’s 23 points, moves to the Consolation Round 3 game on a day and against an opponent to be announced Tuesday.
In another second-round game Monday night, South Dakota State defeated Hampton 76-64 with the help of Jennie Sunnarborg’s 24 points to earn a semifinal date at Purdue on Thursday evening at 7 p.m. ET
Also Monday, hot-shooting DePaul defeated host Missouri State 82-66 and will host Florida in the semis on Thursday. DePaul hit 54.4 percent of its shots and China Threatt had 16 points and 7 assists for the Blue Demons. For Missouri State, Casey Garrison had 20 points and 3 assists.
Four teams: Charlotte, Hampton, Missouri State, and Toledo, will play in Consolation Round 3 games to be held Friday or Saturday at host sites. Details will be announced Tuesday.
In the Consolation Rounds 1&2 coming up later this week, James Madison and Lamar are the two host sites. JMU will host Iona, Saint Francis PA, and UCF in games Friday and Saturday. The first game features Iona vs. UCF at 4:30 p.m. ET, followed by JMU vs. Saint Francis PA at 7 p.m. ET Friday. The winners and losers will meet each other Saturday.
Lamar will host Austin Peay, Utah Valley, and Valparaiso. The first game features Austin Peay vs. Valparaiso at 6 p.m. ET, followed by Lamar vs. Utah Valley at 8 p.m. ET Friday. The winners and losers will meet each other Saturday.
First-round Preseason WNIT games
Friday, Nov. 12, 2010
Purdue 93, Austin Peay 53
Missouri State 83, Lamar 60
Toledo 71, Saint Francis PA 66
Hampton 69, JMU 64
DePaul 84, Valparaiso 53
South Dakota State 87, Utah Valley 38
Saturday, Nov. 13, 2010
Florida 77, Central Florida 67
Charlotte 72, Iona 40
Round 2 Preseason WNIT games
Monday, Nov. 15, 2010
Purdue 79, Toledo 66
Florida 76, Charlotte 70
DePaul 82, Missouri State 66
South Dakota State 76, Hampton 64
Thursday, Nov. 18, 2010
South Dakota State at Purdue, 7 p.m. ET
Florida at DePaul, 8 p.m. ET
Consolation Rounds 1&2
Friday, Nov. 19, 2010
UCF vs. Iona, 4:30 p.m. ET
Saint Francis PA at JMU, 7 p.m. ET
Austin Peay vs. Valparaiso, 6 p.m. ET
Utah Valley at Lamar, 8 p.m. ET
Saturday, Nov. 20, 2010
UCF-Iona loser vs. Saint Francis-JMU loser, 4:30 p.m. ET
UCF-Iona winner vs. Saint Francis-JMU winner, 7 p.m. ET
Austin Peay-Valparaiso loser vs. Utah Valley-Lamar loser, 2 p.m. ET
Austin Peay-Valparaiso winner vs. Utah Valley-Lamar winner, 4 p.m. ET
Consolation Round 3
Fri. or Sat., Nov. 19 or 20, 2010
Charlotte, details TBA
Hampton, details TBA
Missouri State, details TBA
Toledo, details TBA