MICHIGAN STATE 68, TOLEDO 66
EAST LANSING, MI – Michigan State, which is playing in the Postseason WNIT for the first time in 10 years, got three huge baskets from Shay Colley in the final minutes of the game, the last a layup with 2 seconds left to push the Spartans past Toledo in Round 2.
Tanaya Beacham’s converted a shot to tie the game at 66-all for Toledo with 9 seconds remaining, on a play that followed a MSU turnover. After a timeout, Colley got the ball and made the winning drive to the rim – she had also made the go-ahead shot at the 2:33 mark and another critical shot with 18 seconds left.
Michigan State (19-13) will play at South Dakota in Round 3 – that game is set for 8 p.m. ET on Thursday, March 22. Sidney Cooks had 15 points, and Colley added 14 points.
Kaayla McIntyre had 16 points and 10 rebounds for Toledo; Beacham closed with 12 points and nine rebounds.
DUQUESNE 69, GEORGETOWN 66
WASHINGTON, DC – Duquesne scored the first 14 points of the second quarter against Georgetown and sank seven 3-pointers in the first half, but needed to preserve a small lead in the final minutes as the Dukes advanced to Round 3 of the 2018 Postseason WNIT.
The Dukes (25-7), who also had wins this season against George Washington and George Mason, took a 65-60 lead with 4:22 to go on a 3-pointer from Kadri-Ann Lass. A basket from Dionna White pulled the Hoyas (16-16) to 67-64; a layup from Chassidy Omogrosso made it 69-64 with 47 seconds to go, and White closed the scoring with two late free throws. The Dukes will play St. John’s in Round 3.
Omogrosso had 22 points and five assists for Duquesne, and Julijana Vojinovic added 19 points.
Georgetown, which reached the Big East tournament semifinals for the first time in 19 seasons, got 33 points and 11 rebounds from White. Cynthia Petke added 24 points and 10 rebounds.
ST. JOHN’S 53, PENN 48
NEW YORK CITY – In a tight defensive battle that saw both teams labor to reach the 30-point mark in three quarters, St. John’s got a key steal in the final minute by Maya Singleton and survived shooting just 36 percent from the field to ease past Penn in Round 2 of the 2018 Postseason WNIT
Qadashah Hoppie, who hit a key jumper to help the Red Storm (18-14) preserve the lead in the final minutes, had 12 points; Akina Wellere added 10 points, and Singleton had seven points and nine rebounds. St. John’s will play Duquesne in Round 3.
Penn (22-9) trailed by six points after the first quarter but held the Red Storm to just eight points in the next frame to get back in range. The Quakers were just 4-of-10 from the free-throw line, and the Red Storm had an edge there, going 13-of-16.
Lauren Whitlatch had 15 points for Penn, as did Eleah Parker, who also reeled in 11 rebounds. Michelle Nwokedi added 10 points and eight rebounds.