INDIANA 74, MILWAUKEE 54
BLOOMINGTON, IN – Indiana shrugged off Milwaukee’s early success and held the Panthers to nine points in the second quarter, allowing the Hoosiers to settle in and roll through Round 2 of the 2018 Postseason WNIT.
Indiana (19-14) also left a lot of points go by the wayside early, hitting just 12 of their 22 free-throw attempts in the first half. But the Hoosiers relied on other strengths, shooting 50 percent from the field and forcing 24 turnovers – they will host Purdue in Round 3, in a game set for 7 p.m. ET on March 22.
Tyra Buss had 17 points to lead Indiana, with freshman Jaelynn Penn adding 16 points and seven rebounds.
Milwaukee (21-12) got 19 points from Bailey Farley.
WEST VIRGINIA 79, SAINT JOSEPH’S 51
MORGANTOWN, WV – West Virginia burst out to a 15-2 lead and played stellar defense throughout, easing past Saint Joseph’s in Round 2 of the 2018 Postseason WNIT. The Mountaineers will host James Madison in Round 3, with tipoff set for 7 p.m. ET March 22.
West Virginia (24-11) got 18 points from Naomi Davenport, with Katrina Pardee and Kristina King each adding 15 points. Teana Muldrow closed with 12 points and 10 rebounds, as West Virginia shot 51 percent from the field, hit 16-of-17 free throws and forced 22 turnovers.
Saint Joseph’s (19-15) was led by Chelsea Woods, who had 15 points and eight rebounds.
PURDUE 77, BALL STATE 72
MUNCIE, IN – In Purdue’s second tight contest of the 2018 Postseason WNIT, the Boilermakers, Karissa McLaughlin hit four free throws in the final 18 seconds to hold off Ball State and advance in the 2018 Postseason WNIT.
Purdue (20-13) will play at Indiana on March 22 in Round 3, with tipoff set for 7 p.m. ET.
The Boilermakers got 26 points and eight rebounds from Dominique Oden, while McLaughlin closed with 19 points. Ae’Rianna Harris came through with 13 rebounds as Purdue shot 53 percent from the field and worked past 22 turnovers.
Ball State (25-7) had 20 points and 13 rebounds from Moriah Monaco, and Destiny Washington added 12 points.
SOUTH DAKOTA 74, COLORADO STATE 49
VERMILLION, SD – South Dakota hit eight 3-pointers in the first half, opening up an 18-point lead at the break, and held on from there, topping Colorado State in Round 2 of the 2018 Postseason WNIT.
The Coyotes (28-6), who won the 2016 Postseason WNIT, will face Michigan State or Toledo in Round 3. The game marked the return of CSU head coach Ryun Williams to the USD campus – he ran the program at South Dakota from 2008-12.
Colorado State (21-12) rallied in the third quarter, cutting the lead to 45-40 on a layup from Hannah Tvrdy with 5:14 left in the frame. The Coyotes responded with a 10-0 run, as the Rams did not score another point in the rest of the quarter, and South Dakota ended any lingering drama by scoring the first eight points of the fourth quarter.
Ciara Duffy had 19 points and eight rebounds for South Dakota; Jaycee Bradley added 15 points, and Allison Arens finished with 10 points and seven rebounds. The Coyotes had just five turnovers and held a 39-26 edge in rebounds.
CSU got 21 points from Tvrdy.
GEORGIA TECH 91, UAB 47
ATLANTA, GA -- Georgia Tech (20-13) took a 13-point lead after the first quarter and drove the lead past 30 points in the first half to breeze past UAB in Round 2 of the 2018 Postseason WNIT.
Georgia Tech will play either UCF or Alabama in Round 3.
The Yellow Jackets, who reached the championship game of the 2017 Postseason WNIT before losing to Michigan in triple overtime, got 17 points in the first half from Zaire O’Neil. She finished with 24 points and 10 rebounds as Georgia Tech had a season-high total in points scored. Kierra Fletcher had 14 points, six assists and six rebounds, and Francesca Pan closed with 13 points.
The Blazers (27-7) got 11 points from Deanna Kuzmanic, and 10 points and five rebounds from Kara Rawls.
VIRGINIA TECH 78, GEORGE MASON 69
BLACKSBURG, VA – Virginia Tech (20-13) trailed early but clamped down defensively in the second quarter to build an 18-point halftime lead, then handled business the rest of the way to top George Mason and advance out of Round 2 at the 2018 Postseason WNIT.
The Hokies saw George Mason close within 55-47 early in the fourth quarter; Regan Magarity hit back-to-back 3-pointers to help rebuild the advantage, and consecutive hoops from Taylor Emery pushed the Hokies up, 65-52 with 5:26 remaining. The victory pouts VT in line to play either Fordham or Drexel in Rund 3.
Virginia Tech, which forced 17 turnovers, was paced by Emery, who had 23 points. Magarity closed with 17 points and seven rebounds, Alexis Jean added 16 points and nine rebounds, and Rachel Camp added 10 points and four assists.
George Mason (24-10) was led by Natalie Butler, who closed with 26 points and 20 rebounds. She set the Patriots’ school record for single-single scoring, and she tied an NCAA mark with her 33rd double-double and her 33rd consecutive double-double.
UC DAVIS 74, WYOMING 64
LARAMIE, WY – UC Davis shot an impressive 58 percent from the field and was also 11-for-11 in free throws, which helped drive the Aggies out of Round 2 in the 2018 Postseason WNIT
The Aggies (27-6) held Wyoming (22-11) to just 38 percent shooting and enjoyed a 31-23 edge in rebounds. UC Davis will face either Utah or Kansas State in Round 3.
Leading the way for the visitors was Morgan Bertsch, who had 26 points. Rachel Nagel added 14 points, and Pele Gianotti closed with 12 points and six rebounds.
Wyoming got 23 points from Liv Roberts and 10 points and five rebounds by Natalie Baker.
ALABAMA 80, UCF 61
TUSCALOOSA, AL – Alabama methodically rolled past UCF, winning every quarter and shooting 50 percent from the field to advance past Round 2 of the 2018 Postseason WNIT.
The Crimson Tide (19-13) will face Georgia Tech in Round 3. Leading the way for Alabama was Hannah Cook, who closed with 17 points – Ashley Williams had 16 points, Jasmine Walker added 15 points to go with six rebounds, and Jordan Lewis came through with 14 points.
Alabama also enjoyed a 44-29 edge in rebounds and help UCF to 39 percent shooting from the field.
UCF had Zakiya Saunders register 19 points, while Korneila Wright added 14 points.
FORDHAM 63, DREXEL 60
PHILADELPHIA, PA – Redshirt freshman Bre Cavanaugh hits a series of clutch shots and free throws in the fourth quarter, ending up with 32 points and eight rebounds and playing all 40 minutes as Fordham escaped Drexel in Round 2 of the 2018 Postseason WNIT.
Cavanaugh hit a 3-pointer to push Fordham up, 58-54, with 1:29 remaining. Aubree Brown hit a layup to make it 58-56, and the margin stayed close as Brown hit two free throws with 12 seconds left to pull Drexel to a 61-60 margin.
Drexel had to foul, and Cavanaugh converted two free throws for the final margin. Drexel missed two 3-pointers in the final seconds.
Mary Goulding had 13 points for Fordham, which will play at Virginia Tech on Thursday, March 22 in Round 3. Tipoff is 7 p.m. ET. For Drexel, Bailey Greenberg had 20 points and six rebounds, and Brown closed with 14 points and seven assists.
Both teams struggled out of the starting gate, as Drexel (26-8) held an 8-6 lead after the first quarter. Fordham (23-9) used a 9-0 run in the third quarter to take a 39-36 lead, and Cavanaugh’s layup at the buzzer put the Rams up, 43-38, heading into the final quarter.
KANSAS STATE 74, UTAH 57
MANHATTAN, KS – Peyton Williams rang up 24 points for Kansas State, and Kayla Goth was right there with 23 points as the Wildcats eased past Utah in Round 2 of the 20128 Postseason WNIT.
Williams was 10-of-14 from the field; Goth, who is one of nine players in D-I to top 500 points and 200 assists this season, hit eight of her 11 attempts.
Kansas State (18-15) scored the first nine points of the second quarter and took a double-digit lead into halftime. But the Utes responded with a 3-pointer by Megan Huff and another bomb from Tori Williams, the latter which drew Utah within 41-38 with 4:03 left in the third quarter.
The Wildcats went on an 11-2 run to end the quarter and never let Utah get back within 10 points. They will host UC Davis in Round 3.
Utah (18-14) was led by Huff, who finished with 23 points and nine rebounds