INDIANA 81, UC DAVIS 66
BLOOMINGTON, IN – Indiana outscored UC Davis by eight points in the first quarter, then used an 8-0 run at the start of the second quarter to seize control, storming by the Aggies and into the semifinals of the 2018 Postseason WNIT.
The Hoosiers (21-14) will take on TCU in one semifinal; tipoff is set for 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday, March 28.
Tyra Buss topped 2,300 career points, ringing up 30 points to go with seven rebounds, four steals and five assists for the Hoosiers. Senior forward Amanda Cahill, who averages 15 points per game but was held to just seven in Indiana’s Round 3 victory versus Purdue, torched UC Davis with 24 points, 10 rebounds and five steals. Cahill scored 18 points in the first half.
Bendu Yeaney added 12 points for Indiana, which welcomed an announced crowd of 6,001 to Assembly Hall. The Hoosiers closed with a 44-28 edge in rebounding and forced 16 turnovers.
UC Davis (28-7), which won road games at tough settings such as Wyoming and Kansas State in the WNIT, pushed back in the third quarter with a 7-0 run, holding Indiana scoreless for the opening 3:31 of the frame. The Aggies got it as close as 55-46 with 3:05 left in the third quarter.
Morgan Bertsch had 13 points for the Aggies; Dani Nafekh closed with 12 points, and Rachel Nagel added 14 points. Pele Gianotti also hit double figures with 11 points.
VIRGINIA TECH 74, ALABAMA 67
BLACKSBURG, VA – Virginia Tech held Alabama to just 10 points in the third quarter, which was enough of an edge to give the Hokies breathing room in the final 10 minutes and send them into the semifinals of the 2018 Postseason WNIT.
The Hokies (22-13) will play St. John’s or West Virginia in one semifinal.
Taylor Emery scored 19 points for VT, with Aisha Sheppard and Rachel Camp each adding 17 points. Regan Magarity closed with 12 points and 10 rebounds – the Hokies held Alabama scoreless for the opening 3:39 of the fourth quarter, allowing them to push out to a 13-point lead.
Alabama (20-14) went scoreless for the first 2:35 of the game, but resolutely fought back and took a one-point lead at halftime, 37-36, on a 3-pointer from Meoshonti Knight, who hit the game-winner Thursday in Round 3 against Georgia Tech.
Jasmine Walker came off the bench to score 16 points for the Crimson Tide, which got as close as 68-60 with 1:24 to go in the game on a 3-pointer from Hannah Cook. Virginia Tech hit its free throws late to seal the deal, going 20-for-25 from the line overall.
WEST VIRGINIA 76, ST. JOHN’S 62
MORGANTOWN, WV – In the battle of former Big East foes, West Virginia (25-11) playing in front of a home crowd, pulled away from St. John’s (19-14) and secured its spot in the semifinals of the 2018 Postseason WNIT with the 76-62 win.
West Virginia will take on the Hokies of Virginia Tech in the next round.
After the initial ten minutes, the two programs were tangled in a close fight with the Mountaineers leading by a single point, 18-17. An inspired effort in the second quarter led West Virginia to outscore St. John’s 20-11 and gave them a 10-point lead at the break.
Picking up where the Mountaineers left off, West Virginia rambled off a quick 9-3 run, giving themselves a bit of cushion to open of the second half. The Red Storm pushed back late in the fourth quarter but another WVU 7-0 scoring tirade put the game out of reach and West Virginia into the semifinals.
Teana Muldrow poured in a career-high 33 points, tying Cherise Beynon and Dionna White for most in a single-game during the 2018 WNIT. Katrina Pardee contributed 15 points, four rebounds and four assists while Naomi Davenport added 12 points and five rebounds.
With the victory, West Virginia remains undefeated facing St. John’s at the WVU Coliseum.
Akina Wellere offered up 23 points and six rebounds for the Red Storm. Teammates Maya Singleton and Andrayah Adams had 13 and 12 points, respectively.
TCU 79, SOUTH DAKOTA 71
VERMILLION, SD – After winning a tough road game at New Mexico on Thursday, TCU pulled off another impressive victory on enemy turf Sunday, taking down South Dakota to advance to the semifinals of the 2018 Postseason WNIT.
The Frogs (23-12) will play at Indiana, with tipoff set for 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday, March 28.
TCU took a 64-56 lead with 7:18 left in the fourth quarter, and the Coyotes kept coming, trailing just 71-69 after a 3-pointer from Jaycee Bradley with 1:42 to go. Jayde Woods converted a layup, and after a South Dakota basket, Jordan Moore knocked down a jumper to make it 75-71 with 37 seconds to go.
Moore closed with 26 points and six rebounds; the 6-3 junior center is a remarkable 30-of-35 from the field in the WNIT. Kianna Ray added 10 points for the Frogs, who shot 51 percent from the field and had a 38-30 edge in rebounds.
The first half featured seven lead changes and four ties – in the first quarter, TCU was up 12-7 before the Coyotes used a 9-2 run to take the lead. Later in the second quarter, the Frogs were up again, 32-31, when a 7-0 run gave South Dakota a 38-32 advantage. At the buzzer before halftime, TCU’s Amber Ramirez hit a big 3-pointer from 60 feet away to cut the South Dakota lead to 42-39.
In the third quarter, both teams had their moments, each taking advantage of an 8-0 run to pull into the lead. TCU held the host Coyotes scoreless in the final 2:33 of the frame and took a 59-55 lead into the final quarter.
Bradley had 21 points for South Dakota (29-7), which was 17-1 at home coming into Sunday; Allison Arens added 15 points, and Ciara Duffy closed with 12 points.
Wednesday, March 28:
TCU at Indiana, 7 p.m. ET
Virginia Tech at West Virginia, 7 p.m. ET