Colorado Moves Past TCU, Awaits Round Two Foe
Arielle Roberson scored 18 points to lead the Colorado Buffaloes (18-14) to a 78-71 win over TCU in round one of the Postseason WNIT. The win sets the stage for a potential in-state matchup against Colorado State in the second round. CSU hosts Southern Utah tomorrow (Thursday, March 20) at 9 p.m. ET in Moby Arena.
CU forward Jamee Swan added 16 points and six boards while teammate Ashley Wilson finished with 13 points and four steals.
Zahna Medley paced all scorers with 23 points and dished out six assists for the Horned Frogs. Donielle Breaux chipped in 19 points, Natalie Ventress with 14, and Chelsea Prince with 10.
This is Colorado’s fifth trip to the postseason WNIT, and third in the last four years, with an overall record of 10-4. The Buffaloes reached back-to-back quarterfinals in 2011 (3-1) and 2012 (3-1), the 2008 semifinals (3-1) and also participated in the 1999 event (1-1).
Montana Knocks Off Pac-12 Opponent Washington State
The Montana Grizzlies (23-10) came out firing in the early moments of the first half going on a quick 10-2 run. The Lady Griz would use that momentum throughout the game to defeat Washington State 90-78 in the first round of Postseason WNIT.
Guard Kellie Cole led Montana with 22 points and nine assists. Teammate Jordan Sullivan added 21 points and a game-high 10 rebounds.
WSU’s Lia Galdeira finished with a team-high 22 points and Sage Romberg added 18 with seven rebounds.
The Lady Griz are making their fifth WNIT appearance and hosting a game for the first time. This was WSU’s first appearance in the WNIT and their first postseason game since 1991 when they made the NCAA Tournament as an at-large selection.
Montana will face the winner of San Diego vs. Cal Poly slated to tip tomorrow (Thursday, March 20) at 9 p.m. ET. Second round info will be announced following the conclusion of that game.
Late Three-Pointer Lifts Minnesota Over Green Bay
Minnesota’s Rachel Banham hit a three-pointer with 11 seconds on the clock to lead the Golden Gophers to a come-from-behind win over Green Bay 62-60 in round-one action of the WNIT. Banham led all scorers with 31 points and set a new school record for points in a single season with 709.
Minnesota trailed Green Bay at halftime (33-23) but outpaced the Phoenix in the second including opening with a quick 11-1 run. The Gophers would go on to outscore Green Bay 39-27 in the second.
Minnesota’s Amanda B. Zahui added 17 points and finished with a game-high 14 rebounds.
Tesha Buck paced Green Bay with 18 points and Kaili Lukan finished with 15.
This is the second-straight WNIT appearance for the Golden Gophers, who entered tonight’s game with a 20-12 overall record and finished the regular-season with an 8-8 Big Ten record.
Minnesota will advance to round two to face the winner of SMU vs. Texas Southern. Game details won’t be announced until the conclusion of tomorrow night's game.
Villanova Advances to Round Two, Defeats Quinnipiac
Playing in their seventh appearance in the WNIT and their 12th postseason berth in the last 15 seasons, the Villanova Wildcats (23-8) advance after knocking off Quinnipiac 74-66 in the opening round of the Postseason WNIT. The win moves Villanova to 7-6 all-time in WNIT games.
Villanova’s Devon Kane led all scorers with a career-high 24 points, while also scoring her 1000th career point. Kane led the team in scoring (12.6 ppg), assists (131), and steals (37) this season. Teammate Lauren Burford chipped in 20 points and pulled down a team-high seven boards.
The Quinnipiac Bobcats end a successful season 21-13 which included their third appearance in the WNIT (2008, 2012). Four Bobcat players scored in double figures with forward Brittany McQuain finishing with a team-high 19 points. Samantha Guastella added 15 points and a game-high 10 rebounds, Gillian Abshire (12), and Nikoline Ostergaard (11).
Villanova will host George Washington on Sunday, March 23 at 1 p.m. ET in Round Two.
George Washington Knocks Off East Carolina, 86-68
The George Washington women’s basketball team moves on to the second round of the Postseason WNIT after a 86-68 win over East Carolina. The Colonials will travel to Philadelphia to face Villanova on Sunday, March 23 at 1 p.m. ET in round-two action.
Five George Washington Players scored in double figures with Megan Nipe coming off the bench to score a team-high 20 points. Dannie Jackson added 18 and Caira Washington chipped in 14 points and 12 rebounds.
East Carolina’s Shae Nelson led all scorers with 23 points. Jada Payne followed up with 20 points and a game-high 13 rebounds.
GW is making its first postseason appearance since 2009 and their fourth trip to the WNIT (1993, 2002, 2009). The Colonials now lead the all-time series against ECU 3-1.
Round #1 Results
Wednesday, March 19
Villanova 74, Quinnipiac 66
George Washington 86, East Carolina 68
Minnesota 62, Green Bay 60
Colorado 78, TCU 71
Montana 90, Washington State 78
Round #2 Schedule
Sunday, March 23
George Washington at Villanova, 1 p.m. ET