March 17, 2012
Appalachian State 66, NC State 62 – On the heels of their first-ever WNIT win, Appalachian State made it two in a row by edging NC State 66-62. Appalachian State (27-6) set a school record for season victories, thanks in part to Anna Freeman’s 26 points and seven rebounds. The team made 58 percent of its shots in the second half. App State will face Monday’s Richmond-Virginia winner in Round 3 at a site and date to be announced Monday night.
NC State finishes its season with a 19-16 mark. The Wolfpack were led by Kody Burke, who turned in a back-to-back double-double effort with 21 points and 11 rebounds, her fifth of the year.
Temple 64, Harvard 59 – Temple survived a scare Saturday and a strong second half by Harvard before coming back to take a 64-59 victory over the Crimson. Temple moves on to Round 3 of the Postseason WNIT, where they will meet Monday’s Syracuse-Drexel winner at a site and date to be announced Monday night.
Temple (23-9), on its ninth straight season of 20 or more wins, was led by Shey Peddy’s 24 points. Harvard (18-12) got a big night from Brogan Berry, who scored 21 points.
South Florida 77, Florida International 61 – South Florida took control midway through the first half and went on to defeat Florida International 77-61 in second-round play. The Bulls got 30 points from their bench, including Andrell Smith’s 15. Starter Jasmine Wynne added 15 as well for South Florida (19-15), who next will play the winner of Sunday’s JMU-Wake Forest game.
Florida International (23-11) was led by All-America hopefully Jerica Coley (30 points, 14 rebounds, 5 assists) in its final game of the season.
Missouri State 82, Memphis 65 – Missouri State broke a 25-25 tie, scoring the final seven points of the first half and never looking back as it defeated Memphis 80-65 to advance to Round 3 of the Postseason WNIT.
Jasmine Malone (20 points) led the way for Missouri State (24-8), which is 10-3 all-time in the WNIT and will play the winner of Sunday’s Wichita State-Oklahoma State game.
Nicole Dickson had 29 points, 9 rebounds, and 8 steals for Memphis (25-8).
Oregon State 56, Saint Mary’s 41 – Oregon State led from start to finish Saturday night in a 56-41 defeat of Saint Mary’s. The Beavers (20-12) used great team defense, in addition to a strong performance from Earlysia Marchbanks with 14 points and 15 rebounds to earn a spot in Round 3 against the winner of Sunday’s Utah-Washington game.
Saint Mary’s finished its season 22-11 and was led by Jasmine Smith’s 12 points.