LIBERTY 63, OLD DOMINION 55
Norfolk, VA - An 11-0 run to end the first quarter gave Liberty the cushion it needed on the road in Norfolk. Old Dominion closed the gap near the end of the 2017 Preseason WNIT’s first contest but the Lady Flames proved victorious, 63-55.
Liberty's Iva Ilic drained a career-high five three-pointers and tallied a game-high 15 points. KK Barbour was everywhere on the floor for head coach Carey Green. The 6’1” junior from Charlottesville scored five points, gobbled up a team-high eight rebounds and dished out two assists.
Old Dominion didn’t go down without a fight, however. Mid-way through the third quarter, the Lady Monarchs put together a 10-0 run to climb within single digits of the Lady Flames. Despite Odegua Oigbokie’s 14 points, free-throw woes and the early deficit were too much to overcome.
The Lady Monarchs will play in the Consolation Rounds which are set for November 17-18. Details on the Consolation Bracket will be announced Saturday, November 11.
Liberty will move on to Round Two, facing the winner of Michigan and George Mason. Time and location will be announced following the conclusion of the clash between the Wolverines and the Patriots.
MICHIGAN 75, GEORGE MASON 61
Ann Arbor, MI – A fast-paced opening quarter from Michigan gave the fans in the Crisler Center what they were looking for. While George Mason hung around for the majority of the game, the Wolverine’s rebounding prowess and solid late free-throw shooting gave them the victory, 75-61, a nice way to begin the season after hoisting the 2017 Postseason WNIT Banner.
The Patriots relied heavily on the three-pointer all night long. After starting 0-7 from beyond the arc, a quick 3-4 spurt gave them the lead. Despite Nicole Cardano-Hillary’s 22 points and two assists, George Mason couldn’t quite get over the hump after losing the lead in the second quarter.
Katelynn Flaherty came through with a monstrous performance, racking up 29 points, six rebounds and five assists. Nicole Munger and Hallie Thome also finished in double figures with 14 and 15 points, respectively. In the end, it was Michigan’s 54-26 rebounding margin and 18-21 (86%) shooting from the charity stripe that ensured the Wolverine's spot in the second round.
George Mason will go on to play in the Consolation Rounds which are set to begin November 17-18. Details on the Consolation Bracket will be released Saturday, November 11.
Michigan will move on to face Liberty in Round Two. The matchup is set for Sunday, November 12, at 2 p.m. ET at the Crisler Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
OREGON 91, CSUN 43
Eugene, OR – Defense led the way for the Ducks in the opening round of the 2017 Preseason WNIT. The Ducks forced 29 turnovers and compiled 21 steals, toppling CSUN, 91-43.
Sabrina Ionescu led the way with 15 points, six rebounds and seven assists. Five Ducks finished in double figures and 11 of the 12 that saw playing time found at least one basket. Oregon converted CSUN’s 29 turnovers into 36 points and also out rebounded the Matadors 39-36.
Oregon will face the winner of Drake and Milwaukee. Time and location will be determined after the conclusion of the bout between the Bulldogs and the Panthers
CSUN did manage to outscore Oregon 15-12 in the final quarter. Channon Fluker finished one point and one rebound shy of what would have been the games only double-double.
CSUN will move on to the Consolation Round which is set to begin on November 17-18. Details on the Consolation Bracket will be announced on Saturday, November 11.
TEXAS A&M 83, HOUSTON 65
College Station, TX – Texas A&M took the lead 16 seconds into the contest against Houston and never looked back. The Cougars utilized an efficient third quarter to draw within seven, but the Aggies closed the game on a 23-12 run to seal up the victory, 83-65.
Danni Williams was brilliant all night long. Sinking five three-pointers, Williams tallied up a game-high 21 points also pulling down four rebounds and dishing three assists. Khaalia Hillsman (19 points, 11 rebounds) and Anriel Howard (11 points and 14 rebounds) each had double-doubles along the way.
The Aggies move on to Round Two to take on Louisiana Sunday, November 12, at 2 p.m. ET in College Station.
Houston managed four players with double figures and tallied six three-pointers on the night. Defensively, the Cougars forced 18 Aggie turnovers and turned them into 14 points. Foul trouble forced head coach Ronald Hughey to go to his bench early, allowing Texas A&M to crawl away late.
The Cougars will play in the Consolation Rounds which are set to begin on November 17-18. Details on the Consolation Bracket will be released on Saturday, November 11.
LOUISVILLE 80, SEMO 40
Louisville, KY – Louisville jumped out to a 16-0 lead against Southeast Missouri and kept on coming, forcing 28 turnovers and holding the Redhawks to 30 percent shooting from the field.
The Cardinals, ranked No. 9 in the preseason AP poll, will host Toledo in Round 2; that games is set for 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Nov. 14.
Louisville’s depth was evident, with all 11 players who got on the court making a mark on the scoreboard. Jazmine Jones closed with 12 points, four rebounds and four assists, while Dana Evans and Kylee shook each rang up 11 points. Bionca Dunham finished with 10 points and five rebounds.
The Cardinals had 19 turnovers of their own but enjoyed a 44-28 edge in rebounds and made eight 3-pointers. SEMO was paced by Tesia Thompson, who had 10 points and eight rebounds.
TOLEDO 74, SAINT FRANCIS (PA) 66
Toledo, OH – Toledo held Saint Francis to 33 percent shooting from the field and held off the Red Flash in the fourth quarter to advance to Round 2. The Rockets will play at Louisville on Tuesday, Nov. 14.
Kaayla McIntyre closed with 17 points and nine rebounds for Toledo, with English native Jay-Ann Bravo-Harriott coming in with 14 points, The Rockets forced 30 turnovers and survived despite shooting just 14-of-28 from the free-throw line.
Saint Francis got 21 points and five rebounds from Jessica Kovatch, and Ace Harrison added 16 points and five rebounds.
LOUISIANA 66, NEW ORLEANS 57
Lafayette, LA – Louisiana held New Orleans to just one basket in the final 4:26, blunting the last rally by the Privateers and earning a spot in Round 2 of the WNIT.
The Ragin’ Cajuns will play at Texas A&M, with tipoff set for 3 p.m. ET on Sunday, Nov. 12.
Simone Fields led Louisiana with 18 points and nine rebounds, and Skylar Goodwin added 13 points and five rebounds. The Cajuns were 7-of-16 from 3-point range and allowed just one 3-pointer from New Orleans.
The Privateers got 13 points from Shania Woods, who missed nearly eight weeks of preseason practice time because of a broken hand. Randi Brown added 10 points.
DRAKE 77, MILWAUKEE 73
Des Moines, IA – Drake took a 10-point lead with about 7:30 to go against Milwaukee and ended up facing a furious rally by Panthers, but two late free throws by Maddy Dean helped preserve the lead and sent the Bulldogs to Round 2 of the WNIT.
Drake will play at Oregon on Sunday, Nov. 12, with tipoff set for 5 p.m. ET.
Sara Rhine had 19 points and eight rebounds for Drake, which shot 46 percent from the field. Sammie Bachrodt had 13 points, and Becca Hittner closed with 12 points.
Milwaukee got a huge night from Steph Kostowicz, who closed with 26 points and 12 rebounds. Bailey Farley added 12 points for the Panthers.