Virginia 71, Rutgers 55
PISCATAWAY, NJ – Faith Randolph, whose steal and two free throws late against VCU gave Virginia a win Thursday, scored 23 points Sunday as the Cavaliers rolled past Rutgers in the second round of the Postseason WNIT.
Virginia (18-15) had lost to Rutgers (19-15) earlier in the season at the Paradise Jam in the US Virgin Islands. But with Sunday’s win, the Cavaliers move onto Round 3 in the WNIT and will play Hofstra – game time at Hofstra is 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday, March 22. This is the sixth time Virginia has played in the Postseason WNIT, reaching the quarterfinals on four occasions.
The Cavaliers also got a big effort from guard Aliyah Huland El, who closed with 17 points and three rebounds. Virginia outscored Rutgers, 43-22, in the middle two quarters to break the game open.
The Scarlet Knights, who were the 2014 WNIT champions and 7-0 all-time in the event, were paced by Kahleah Copper, who had 19 points and five rebounds, with Tyler Scaife adding 13 points and five rebounds. Rutgers was outrebounded, 43-26; the team shot 44 percent from the field and struggled from the free-throw line, going just 8-for-22.
Temple 64, Quinnipiac 62
HAMDEN, NJ – Temple’s eight-point lead after halftime was slowly reduced by Quinnipiac in the final two quarters, but the Owls hit a couple of key free throws late to post the victory and move on to the third round of the Postseason WNIT.
Temple (22-11) will face Ohio in Round 3 – that game will be held at Temple on Thursday, March 24, at 7 p.m. ET.
The Owls got 23 points, five rebounds, five assists and four steals from Feyonda Fitzgerald. Tanaya Atkinson added 16 points and 11 rebounds, and Erica Covile came through with 12 points and 12 rebounds.
Quinnipiac (25-9) missed a couple of critical shots in the final minute; Carly Fabbri hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer for the final points of the contest. Paula Strautmane had 19 points and eight rebounds, and Aryn McClure added 17 points and seven rebounds.
Ohio 64, Virginia Tech 57
ATHENS, OH – Ohio claimed its second postseason tournament victory in program history Sunday, forcing 17 turnovers and easing past Virginia Tech in Round 2 of the Postseason WNIT.
The Bobcats (26-6) will face Temple in Round 3 – tipoff at Temple is set for Thursday, March 24 at 7 p.m. ET.
Quiera Lampkins came through with 26 points and nine rebounds for Ohio, and Kiyanna Black added 13 points. With her three 3-pointers, she now has 126 for the season, just one away from the NCAA single-season record.
The Hokies (18-14) got 22 points and 10 rebounds from Sidney Cook, and Hannah Young added 11 points. Virginia Tech shot just under 35 percent from the field.
South Dakota 101, Minnesota 89
MINNEAPOLIS – In a wild game where shots came by the bunches, South Dakota had five players reach double figures in scoring, which was enough to hold off Minnesota and send the Coyotes to the third round of the Postseason WNIT.
South Dakota (28-6) will face Northern Iowa in Round 3 – tipoff in South Dakota will be 7 p.m. CT Thursday, March 24.
Senior guard Kelly Stewart had 19 points and nine rebounds for South Dakota; Nicole Seekamp came through with 18 points and 14 assists, and Caitlin Duffy added 17 points. Also contributing huge baskets were Jasmine Trimboli and Kate Liveringhouse, with 14 points apiece.
Minnesota (20-12) got another monster night from Rachel Banham, who closed with 37 points. Banham set a WNIT record with 48 points in the Gophers’ Round 1 win against Milwaukee. Carlie Wagner contributed with 18 points and eight rebounds, with Karley Barnes adding 10 points and eight rebounds.