WEST VIRGINIA 67, JAMES MADISON 55
MORGANTOWN, WV – West Virginia scored the first 15 points of the second quarter to grab early control of its Round 3 game against JMU, then used a 9-0 run to start the fourth quarter to subdue the Dukes and advance to the quarterfinals of the 2018 Postseason WNIT.
The Mountaineers will host St. John’s on Sunday in the next round.
West Virginia (24-11) actually had a 3-minute scoring drought of its own in the second quarter, and the Dukes (23-11) got it back to a nine-point deficit by the break. In the third quarter, things got tight – Kelly Koshuta’s layup for JMU tied it at 42-all with 3:11 in the frame, WVU got a 3-pointer from Chania Ray, and JMU took a 46-45 lead on two free throws by Logan Reynolds with 1:36 left. However, West Virginia took the lead back on a three-point play from Naomi Davenport at 1:21 of the third quarter.
In the fourth, WVU eased ahead, taking a nine-point lead again (57-48) on a 3-pointer from Katrina Pardee. The Dukes cut it to 60-55 on a 3-pointer from Kamiah Smalls with 1:14 left in the contest, but JMU went cold from the field the rest of the way, while West Virginia got two free throws from Ray and four from Pardee to seal the result.
The Mountaineers were cold from 3-point range early and it didn’t get much better by the end of the game (5-for-19 overall), but JMU also struggled there, going 4-for-23. West Virginia was a solid 16-of-20 from the free-throw line.
Kristina King had 17 points and six rebounds, and Pardee added 16 points. Teana Muldrow had nine points and 10 rebounds, while Davenport closed with 10 points and nine rebounds.
For JMU, Koshuta had 22 points and nine rebounds, with Smalls chipping in with 10 points.
UC DAVIS 71, KANSAS STATE 69
MANHATTAN, KAN. – In a game that saw 14 lead changes and four ties, UC Davis (29-6) managed to hold off Kansas State, 71-69, and advance into the quarterfinals for the first time in program history.
UC Davis will travel to Bloomington, Indiana to take on the Hoosiers Sunday, March 25 at 2 p.m. ET.
The Aggies led for 34 of the 40 minutes throughout the night but never garnered a lead more than seven. After trailing since the 3:59 mark in the first quarter, Kansas State (18-17) called upon Kayla Goth to take the lead with 34 seconds left in the third quarter.
In the fourth frame, it was the Morgan Bertsch show. Bertsch hit a series of layups and poured in a free throw with under a minute to play to keep the Wildcats just out of reach. On the night, Bertsch had a game-high 31 points and added seven rebounds. Pele Gianotti finished with 15 points and Rachel Nagel added 12 as well.
UC Davis moves to 5-4 all-time in the Postseason WNIT, adding to its Big West record win total in the tournament. The Aggies also move to 2-2 against Kansas State with its last win coming in 1971.
Kayla Goth (28 points) dialed up her 33rd game of the season finishing in double figures for the Wildcats. Peyton Williams had 19 points of her own.
Round 4 Matchups
Sunday, March 25:
UC Davis at Indiana, 2 p.m. ET
Alabama at Virginia Tech, 2 p.m. ET
St. John’s at West Virginia, 4 p.m. ET
TCU at South Dakota, 7 p.m. ET