The Zags Move On, Hold Off Idaho, 64-56
The No. 25 Gonzaga Bulldogs knock off a tough Idaho Vandals team, 64-56, and advance to round two of the Preseason WNIT. The Bulldogs will host the UT Martin Skyhawks on Sunday, Nov. 10 at 5 p.m. ET. The Skyhawks defeated Georgia State 84-80 in an earlier game tonight.
Gonzaga’s Haiden Palmer led all scorers with 18 points and seven steals. Teammate Keani Albanez finished with 13 and Sunny Greinacher added eight.
Alyssa Charlston scored 15 points and pulled down nine boards for Idaho. Christ Salvatore knocked in four three-pointers and finished with 14 points. The Vandals will fall into the consolation bracket with matchups and games times being announced on Sunday, Nov. 10.
The Zags are picked as the favorites to win the West Coast Conference women’s basketball title, receiving nine first place votes in the preseason coaches’ poll. For the first time in program history, the Gonzaga started the season ranked in the Associated Press Top 25.
Oklahoma Advances to Round Two with 78-60 Win Over Stetson
Aaryn Ellenberg scored a game-high 24 points to lead the No. 11/14 Sooners to a 78-60 win over the Stetson Hatters in round one of the Preseason WNIT.
OU’s Kaylon Williams added 17 points and Sharane Campbell finished with 10 as the Sooners advance to host round two against Wichita State on Sunday, Nov. 10 at 3 p.m. ET. The Shockers defeated IPFW 69-46 earlier today.
Oklahoma was voted the Big 12’s preseason favorite, earning five of 10 first-place votes by coaches. Ellenberg was named to the Preseason All-Big 12 Team and is on watch lists for the Wade, Wooden and Naismith Awards.
Stetson’s Sasha Sims finished with a team-high 16 points and Jama Sharp chipped in 11. Sims, a senior, was tabbed as the Atlantic Sun Preseason Defensive Player of the Year, and was also selected to the preseason all-conference team.
LSU Honors Legendary Coach Sue Gunter; Defeats Stephen F. Austin, 86-58
No. 15/17 LSU began its 39th season of women’s basketball tonight with an 86-58 victory over Stephen F. Austin in what was tabbed the Sue Gunter Classic in the first round of the Preseason WNIT.
Da Shawn Harden finished with a team-high 20 points for the Lady Tigers and teammates Theresa Plaisance and Danielle Ballard each added 18.
Stephen F. Austin’s Porsha Roberts scored a game-high 21 points and eight rebounds. Brittney Matthew added ten points and four assists.
During tonight’s game LSU honored long-time head coach Sue Gunter. Gunter pioneered the LSU women’s basketball program and built it into what it is today.
The Lady Tigers are playing in the Preseason WNIT for just the second time and the first time since 2007 when it went 3-1 and reached the championship game before falling to Maryland.
LSU will host Saint Joseph’s in round two of the Preseason WNIT on Sunday, Nov. 10 at 3 p.m. ET.
St. Joseph’s Cruises to 85-57 Win Over Mount St. Mary’s
St. Joseph’s shot 50.9 percent (27-53) from the field and had three players finish in double figures in an 85-57 win over Mount St. Mary’s in round one of the Preseason WNIT.
Sarah Fairbanks led the Hawks with 17 points and five rebounds. Erin Shields finished with 15 points and Kelsey Berger netted 12. St. Joseph’s improves to 2-1 all-time in Preseason WNIT games and advances to round two for the second time in program history.
Sydney Henderson scored a game-high 21 points for the Mount and Jessie Kaufman finished with 13. Henderson is one of two returning starters for the Mountaineers this season, leading the team both in scoring and rebounding a year ago.
The Hawks will play at LSU starting at 3 p.m. ET Sunday in round 2 action.
UT Martin Holds on to Defeat Georgia State, 84-80
Jasmine Newsome scored 24 points and dished out 12 assists for UT Martin in a 84-80 victory over Georgia State in the opening round of the Preseason WNIT. Newsome is the two-time Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Year and averaged 22.6 ppg and 5.5 apg in 2012-13.
Four other Skyhawk players finished in double figures with both Heather Butler and Elizabeth Masengil scoring 14 a piece, Katie Schubert with 11, and Chelsea Roberts chipping in 10. UT Martin outrebounded Georgia State 43-29 and shot 48.3 percent from the field.
Kendra Long scored a team-high 20 points for the Panthers and teammate Gaby Moss added 16. Georgia State shot 49.1 percent from the field (26 of 53) and hit 11 three-pointers in the game.
This was the sixth meeting between the two schools with Georgia State winning four in a row before the loss tonight.
The Skyhawks will play the winner of Idaho at Gonzaga in round two action.
Quinnipiac Knocks Off North Carolina A&T, 77-63
Jasmine Martin connects on five three-pointers and finishes with a game-high 22 points to lead the Quinnipiac Bobcats to a 77-63 victory over the North Carolina A&T Aggies.
Quinnipiac never trailed in the game and led by 23 points at halftime. The Bobcats shot 50 percent from behind the arc (13 of 26) and 48 percent from the field (24 of 50). Samantha Guastella added 10 points and Camryn Warner pulled down a team-high seven rebounds for Quinnipiac.
Forward Tracy King scored 14 points and pulled down six boards to lead the Aggies, while guard Adriana Nazario netted 12 points and dished out seven assists.
This was the first ever meeting between the schools. The Bobcats are now 4-2 all-time against MEAC opponents.
Quinnipiac will advance to the second round to face the winner of Loyola Chicago vs Louisville.
Wichita State Advances, Defeats IPFW, 69-46
Four Wichita State players scored in double figures as the Shockers defeat IPFW, 69-46, in the opening round of the Preseason WNIT. Wichita State will move on to face the winner of Stetson at Oklahoma in round two on Nov. 10, while IPFW drops into the consolation bracket.
Wichita State’s Alex Harden led all scorers with 15 points, Michelle Price added 14, and Michaela Dapprich chipped in 13. Jamillah Bonner led the way with a career high seven rebounds for the Shockers and had a career high 10 points.
Wichita State shot 38 percent (23-60) from the field and 46 percent (6-13) from three point range, holding IPFW to 28 percent (11-38) from the field and forced 18 turnovers in the victory.
Amanda Hyde scored 13 points and pulled down five rebounds for IPFW; teammates Rachel Rinehart and Haley Seibert each added 10.
The Shockers hosted its semi-annual Schoolhouse Rocks with the Shocks, which included over 8,000 students from local area elementary schools at Charles Koch Arena.
Round 1 Results
Nov. 8, 2013
Wichita State 69, IPFW 46
Quinnipiac 77, North Carolina A&T 63
UT Martin 84, Georgia State 80
Saint Joseph’s 85, Mount St. Mary’s 57
Oklahoma 78, Stetson 60
LSU 86, Stephen F. Austin 58
Gonzaga 64, Idaho 56
Nov. 9, 2013
Loyola Chicago (17-15) at Louisville (29-9), 7 p.m. ET
Round 2 Schedule
Nov. 10, 2013
Saint Joseph''s at LSU, 3 p.m. ET
Wichita State at Oklahoma, 3 p.m. ET
UT Martin at Gonzaga, 5 p.m. ET
Consolation Games (Matchups TBA Sunday afternoon)
Mount St. Mary''s
North Carolina A&T
Stephen F. Austin