INDIANA 73, PURDUE 51
BLOOMINGTON, IN – Indiana shot 54 percent from the field and outscored Purdue in the third quarter, 21-8, giving the Hoosiers enough room to cruise to victory in Round 3 of the 2018 Postseason WNIT.
The Hoosiers will face UC Davis or Kansas State in the quarterfinals. Tyra Buss finished with 24 points and six assists, with Jaelynn Penn adding 16 points and five rebounds. Indiana also was 9-for-9 from the free-throw line and forced 15 turnovers.
Indiana (20-14), which lost to Villanova in the quarterfinals of the WNIT last year, used a 9-0 run straddling the first two quarters to go up by 12 points, but Purdue got back in range by halftime, trailing by seven points. The huge third quarter by Indiana was too much for the Boilermakers (20-14), who lost all three times they played the Hoosiers this season.
Dominique Oden had 20 points for Purdue, and Andreona Keys had 11 points. Kym Royster hit her first six shots for the Hoosiers and closed with 12 points.
VIRGINIA TECH 81, FORDHAM 50
BLACKSBURG, VA – Virginia Tech commanded the rebounding department all night and vaulted to the lead after scoring 31 points in the second quarter, easing past Fordham and into the quarterfinals of the 2018 Postseason WNIT.
Rachel Camp scored nine straight points in the last 90 seconds of the first half for Virginia Tech – she closed with 20 points, with Taylor Emery adding 15 points and six rebounds. Regan Magarity added 17 points and nine rebounds; Virginia Tech will play Alabama or Georgia Tech in the quarterfinals.
Virginia Tech (21-13) outrebounded Fordham 43-25; the Hokies shot 50 percent and held the Rams to 34 percent shooting from the field.
Fordham’s final hopes for a rally fizzled in the third quarter, when the Rams scored just 10 points overall and missed an opportunity to cut into Tech’s lead. The Hokies are now 9-0 all-time against Fordham; Tech lost in the quarterfinals of the 2017 WNIT to eventual champion Michigan.
The Rams (24-10) were paced by G’mrice Davis (12 points, nine rebounds) and Bre Cavanaugh (11 points).
ST. JOHN’S 65, DUQUESNE 52
NEW YORK CITY – St. John’s, which held its first two opponents in the 2018 Postseason WNIT each under 50 points, had another stellar defensive effort in Round 3, taking down Duquesne to advance to the quarterfinals of the 2018 Postseason WNIT
The Red Storm (19-14), which fell short in Round 3 of last year’s WNIT against eventual champion Michigan, will face West Virginia or James Madison in the quarterfinals.
Alisha Kebbe had 16 points for the Red Storm; Akina Wellere added 17 points as St. John’s built a 25-point lead after three quarters then cruised the rest of the way. Maya Singleton also had a strong night, scoring 11 points and grabbing 13 rebounds.
For Duquesne (25-8), Chassidy Omogrosso had 14 points, with Kadri-Ann Lass adding 10 points and five rebounds. Both teams shot 42 percent from the field.
ALABAMA 61, GEORGIA TECH 59
TUSCALOOSA, AL – Meoshonti Knight hit a jumper with 5 seconds to go, giving Alabama a heart-pounding victory over Georgia Tech in Round 3 of the 2018 Postseason WNIT.
The Crimson Tide (20-13) will play Virginia Tech in the quarterfinals.
Georgia Tech (20-14), which lost in three overtimes to Michigan in the 2017 WNIT final, led by as much as 24-7 in the second quarter before Alabama rallied to tie it at 29-all at the break. The game went back and forth in the fourth quarter, with Hannah Cook’s jumper with 1:59 to go putting the Tide up, 57-56.
Breanna Brown hit two free throws to put the Yellow Jackets up by one, then an offensive rebound from Shaquera Wade led to an Alabama basket by Ashley Williams to make it 59-58. Kierra Fletcher hit a free throw for Georgia Tech, and then Alabama worked the ball to Knight for the game-winner.
Williams had 15 points for Alabama, and Jordan Lewis added 11 points. For Georgia Tech, Brown and Francesca Pan had 12 points.
SOUTH DAKOTA 85, MICHIGAN STATE 83 (OT)
VERMILLION, SD – Coming all the way back from a 16-point deficit, South Dakota hit a series of key shots and free throws in the fourth quarter and overtime to slip past Michigan State and into the quarterfinals of the 2018 Postseason WNIT.
The Coyotes (29-6), which won the 2016 WNIT, will play New Mexico or TCU in the quarterfinals.
Ciara Duffy hit a 3-pointer to cut the lead of the Spartans (19-14) to 74-72 with 2:16 left in the fourth quarter. Redshirt sophomore and Canadian native Shay Colley, who averaged just below 12 points per game this season, hit a layup for MSU; Duffy’s jumper with 22 seconds left tied it at 76-all, and Colley’s shot with 1 second left missed the mark.
In overtime, Nia Hollie hit a layup to put MSU up, 83-81, but Chloe Lamb banged home a 3-pointer with 23 seconds left to give South Dakota the lead. Allison Arens hit a free throw, and Colley’s last look was off target.
Duffy had 25 points and seven rebounds for South Dakota, and Lamb added 18 points.
Colley closed with 31 points and nine rebounds, and Taryn McCutcheon had 16 points.
TCU 81, NEW MEXICO 72
ALBUQUERQUE, NM –After falling behind by as many as 14 points on the road, TCU scored 29 points in the third quarter and pulled away late, slipping by New Mexico and into the quarterfinals of the 2018 Postseason WNIT.
Jayde Woods’ layup put the Frogs up, 71-67, with 3:39 left in the fourth quarter, and her three-point play at the 2:02 mark built the lead to 76-70. TCU (22-12) will play South Dakota in the quarterfinals.
Jordan Moore had 15 points and nine rebounds for TCU; Woods had 14 points and four assists, Amy Okonkwo closed with 13 points and nine rebounds, and Kianna Ray had 12 points and six rebounds.
For New Mexico (25-11), Tesha Buck had 24 points, Cherise Beynon added 20 points and 10 rebounds, and Jaisa Nunn closed with 14 points and 11 rebounds.
Round 4 Matchups
Sunday, March 25:
Kansas State/UC Davis at Indiana, 2 p.m. ET
Alabama at Virginia Tech, 2 p.m. ET
TCU at South Dakota, 7 p.m .ET
St. John’s at West Virginia/JMU, TBA