Eastern Michigan 74, St. Mary’s 73
MORAGA, CA – Eastern Michigan gained possession of the ball in the final seconds and hit a shot to pull the Eagles past St. Mary’s, 74-73, in Thursday’s late game in Round 1 of the Postseason WNIT.
Eastern Michigan (21-12) will play at TCU in Round 2; tipoff is Saturday, March 19 at 7 p.m. CT. The Eagles were led by Cha Sweeney, who had 19 points and seven assists. Janay Morton and Chanise Baldwin each added 16 points.
St. Mary’s (24-8) got 25 points from Devyn Galland; Sydney Raggio added 19 points, 12 rebounds and six assists. Raggio had a shot roll just off the rim as the final horn sounded.
Gonzaga 88, UC Riverside 54
SPOKANE, WA – Gonzaga outscored UC Riverside by 13 points in the third quarter to build plenty of breathing room, coasting to a 88-54 victory in Round 1 of the Postseason WNIT.
Gonzaga (19-13) will play Utah or Montana State in Round 2. The Zags got 20 points and 10 rebounds from Jill Barta; the team shot 56 percent from the field and worked around 18 turnovers, while also enjoying a 44-23 edge in rebounding.
UC Riverside (23-9) got 15 points from Rejane Verin and 13 points from Brittany Crain.
Oregon 84, Long Beach State 76
EUGENE, OR – Oregon was a scorching 14-for-30 from 3-point range, which fueled a 84-76 victory over Long Beach State in the first round of the Postseason WNIT.
Oregon (21-10) will play Santa Clara or Fresno State in Round 2. The Ducks were led by Lexi Petersen’s 22 points, as she hit six from long range. Four players each had 13 points, and Oregon was also 14-of-16 from the free-throw line.
Raven Benton closed with 22 points, seven rebounds and five assists for Long Beach State (24-9).
UTEP 66, Abilene Christian 62
EL PASO, TX – UTEP held off a feisty Abilene Christian team, primarily with defense, and secured a 66-62 win in Round 1 of the Postseason WNIT.
UTEP (27-4) will play at home against Arkansas State in Round 2 (Monday, March 21 at 7 p.m. MT). The Miners were led by Starr Breedlove’s 16 points; Tamara Seda came through with 10 points and 11 rebounds.
Abilene Christian (26-4) got a huge night from Suzzy Dimba, who had 17 points and 15 rebounds. The Wildcats had a chance to use free throws to pull off the upset, but was just 24-of-37 from the line.
Drake 95, Sacred Heart 59
DES MOINES, IA – Drake overwhelmed Sacred Heart on both sides of the floor in the opening round of the Postseason WNIT, posting a 95-59 victory and moving to a Round 2 assignment against Northern Iowa. That game is at UNI, set for Saturday, March 19 at 7 p.m. CT.
Lizzy Wendell had 24 points and five rebounds for Drake (23-9), who had four other players reach double figures in scoring. Drake was a solid 57 percent from the field and forced 21 turnovers.
Sacred Heart got 15 points from Adaysha Williams.
Saint Louis 70, Little Rock 69
ST. LOUIS, MO – In a tight game from start to finish, Saint Louis survived a late scoreless drought to ease past Little Rock, 70-69, in Round 1 of the Postseason WNIT.
Jackie Kempf had 20 points and seven assists for the Billikens (25-7), who will face Ball State in Round 2 – the game is at Saint Louis, Monday, March 21 at 7 p.m. CT. Jenny Vliet added 13 points for Saint Louis.
Little Rock (20-13) got 25 pints and 13 rebounds from Shanity James.
TCU 97, UTRGV 73
FORT WORTH, TX – TCU had five players reach double figures in scoring against UT-Rio Grande Valley and broke the game open with a 33-point third quarter in what became a 97-73 victory in the first round of the Postseason WNIT.
TCU (17-15) was led by Zahna Medley, who had 21 points, five assists and four rebounds. AJ Alix added 20 points and nine assists, and both Toree Thompson and Veja Hamilton scored 15 points. The Frogs will host St. Mary’s or Eastern Michigan in Round 2; game time is Saturday, March 19 at 7 p.m. CT.
UTRGV (19-14) was led by Bernesha Peters, who had 15 points and six rebounds.
Northern Iowa 64, Nebraska 62
LINCOLN, NE – Madison Weekly had a strong game with 16 points, six rebounds and four assists to guide Northern Iowa past Nebraska, 64-62, in the first round of the Postseason WNIT.
Northern Iowa (23-10) will host Drake in Round 2 (Saturday, March 19, 7 p.m. CT). UNI also got help from Jen Keitel, who had 15 points and eight rebounds. The Panthers shot 40 3-pointers and hit 12 of them.
The Cornhuskers (18-13) got 20 points and nine rebounds from Natalie Romeo.
Ball State 77, Iowa 72
IOWA CITY, IA – Ball State built a 12-point lead by halftime and held on from there in beating Iowa, 77-72, in the first round of the Postseason WNIT.
Ball State (22-9) will play at Saint Louis in Round 2 (Monday, March 21, 7 p.m. CT). The Cardinals got 24 points and 11 rebounds from Nathalie Fontaine; Carmen Grande and Moriah Monaco each scored 16 points.
Iowa (19-14) was led by Megan Gustafson’s 22 points and 12 rebounds.
UT Martin 79, Memphis 73
MEMPHIS, TN – UT Martin responded after scoring just 10 points in the third quarter, scoring 24 points in the final stanza to secure a 79-73 victory against Memphis.
Katie Schubert scored 19 points and added seven rebounds for UT Martin (22-9), who will play at Western Kentucky in Round 2 (Monday, March 21 at 7 p.m. CT). Haley Howard added 16 points; the team had just 10 turnovers and shot 52 percent from the field.
Memphis (18-13) was led by Asianna Fuqua-Bey, who closed with 19 points and 13 rebounds.
Western Kentucky 89, Dayton 72
BOWLING GREEN, KY – Western Kentucky scored 33 points in the final quarter to pull away from Dayton and register am 89-72 victory in Round 1 of the Postseason WNIT.
Western Kentucky will play UT Martin at home in Round 2 (Monday, March 21 at 7 p.m. CT). The team got 27 points, five rebounds and five assists from Kendall Noble; Kayla Smith added 18 points, and three other players reached double figures.
Dayton (14-15) got 19 points and six assists from Jenna Burdette.
San Diego 69, Northwestern 65
CHICAGO – San Diego withstood a furious rally by Northwestern, with Malina Hood scoring 20 points and adding seven rebounds and three steals, to give the Toreros a 69-65 victory in the opening round of the Postseason WNIT.
San Diego (24-7) will play at IUPUI in Round 2 – tipoff is Saturday, March 19 at 7 p.m. ET. Cori Woodward and Sydney Williams each scored 15 points for San Diego, which survived having 22 turnovers.
Northwestern, which scored 35 points in the final stanza, got 23 points from Ashley Deary.
Arkansas State 68, Southern 45
JONESBORO, AR – Arkansas State held Southern to 30 percent shooting and remained in control throughout on the way to a 68-45 win in the first round of the Postseason WNIT.
Arkansas State (26-5) will play UTEP or Abilene Christian in Round 2. Arkansas State got 19 points and 12 rebounds from Khadija Brown-Haywood; Aundrea Gamble added 14 points and nine rebounds.
Southern (19-11) was led by Britney Washington, who had 12 points.
Wake Forest 72, Charlotte 69
CHARLOTTE, NC – Wake Forest used a balanced scoring attack to hold off Charlotte, 72-69, in the first round of the Postseason WNIT.
The Deacons got 16 points from Amber Campbell and 11 apiece from Ariel Stephenson, Destini Walker and Elisa Penna, and are now 17-15 on the season – they will play either Florida Gulf Coast or Bethune-Cookman in Round 2. Wake Forest shot just 39 percent from the field but had a 45-34 edge in rebounds.
Alexis Alexander scored 21 points to go with eight rebounds for the 49ers (19-12).
Villanova 67, Liberty 51
VILLANOVA, PA – Megan Quinn scored 21 points and added nine rebounds for Villanova, which forced 18 turnovers against Liberty and held the Flames to just five points in the fourth quarter on the way to a 67-51 victory in Round 1 of the Postseason WNIT.
Villanova also got 11 points and six assists from Adrianna Hahn, with Alex Louis adding nine points. Ashley Rininger posted 13 points and eight rebounds for Liberty (20-13). The Wildcats (20-11) hit 13 3-pointers on the night and had only seven turnovers – they will host Hofstra in Round 2; tipoff is Saturday, March 19 at 6 p.m. ET.
Georgia Tech 73, Mercer 56
ATLANTA, GA – Georgia Tech held Mercer to 12 points in the fourth quarter while ringing up 25 points itself to break open a close game, rolling to a 73-56 victory in the first round of the Postseason WNIT.
Roddreka Rogers had 15 points and 15 rebounds for the Yellow Jackets (20-12), who will play at home against Tulane in Round 2 – tipoff is set for Monday, March 21, at 7 p.m. ET. Aaliyah Whiteside warmed up in the latter stages of the game and closed with 17 points and five rebounds. Georgia Tech was just 5-of-21 from 3-point range (24 percent), but had a 50-32 advantage in rebounds.
Kahlia Lawrence had 22 points and six rebounds for Mercer (24-9).
Virginia 52, VCU 50
RICHMOND, VA – Virginia shook off an offensive swoon in the middle quarters and rang up 18 points in the fourth quarter to rally past VCU, 52-50, in the first round of the Postseason WNIT.
Faith Randolph scored 21 points and added five rebounds for the Cavaliers (17-15), who will face Rutgers on the road in Round 2 (Sunday, March 20, 2 p.m. ET). Virginia was 13-of-15 from the free-throw line.
VCU (23-10) had a 40-28 edge in rebounding, but had 20 turnovers and shot just 3-of-15 from 3-point range. Galaisha Goodhope had 12 points to lead the team in scoring.
Rutgers 57, Georgetown 55
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Kahleah Copper hit a basket in the final seconds for Rutgers, giving the Scarlet Knights a 57-55 victory over former Big East foe Georgetown in Round 1 on the Postseason WNIT.
Rachel Hollivay scored 22 points for Rutgers (19-14), who will play Virginia in Round 2 – Rutgers will host, and tipoff is set for Sunday, March 20 at 2 p.m. ET. Copper closed with 19 points, nine rebounds and five assists.
Dorothy Adomake scored 18 points for Georgetown (16-14).
Hofstra 76, Harvard 50
HEMPSTEAD, NY – Hofstra took a 16-point lead against Harvard after one quarter and never looked back in the first round of the WNIT, easing past Harvard by a score of 76-50.
Hofstra (23-8) was paced by Darius Faulk, who closed with 19 points, 13 assists and nine rebounds. Jakelle King-Gilchrist added 18 points and six rebounds. Hofstra will play at Villanova in Round 2; that game is Saturday, March 19 at 6 p.m. ET.
Harvard (14-14) shot just 26 percent from the field; Annmarie Healy led the team with 10 points and four rebounds.
Bucknell 74, Akron 70
AKRON, OH – Bucknell shot 63 percent from the field in the first half against Akron to open a large lead, then held on for dear life as the Bison went on to post a 74-70 victory over the Zips in the first round of the 2016 Postseason WNIT.
Bucknell (25-7) will play at Michigan in Round 2; tipoff is set for Saturday, March 19 at 2 p.m. ET. The Bison got 21 points from Jacquie Klotz and 16 points and five rebounds from Claire Deboer, and managed the win despite coughing up 23 turnovers.
Akron (19-14) was paced by Lilli Brown, who had 18 points and five rebounds.
Ohio 76, Marshall 68
ATHENS, OH – Ohio opened up a 14-point lead after the first quarter and made it stand up for a 76-68 victory against Marshall in the opening round of the Postseason WNIT.
Ohio (25-6) will play Virginia Tech in Round 2; Ohio will host, and tipoff is set for Sunday, March 20 at 2 p.m. ET. Ohio was paced by Kiyanna Black, who had 32 points and seven rebounds; Kelly Karlis added 13 points and eight rebounds.
Marshall (21-12) got 17 points and six rebounds from Leah Scott. The Herd had 17 turnovers.
Virginia Tech 68, Elon 59
BLACKSBURG, VA – Rachel Camp scored 29 points for Virginia Tech, hitting 10 of her 12 free throw attempts, as the Hokies eased to a 68-59 victory in the opening round of the Postseason WNIT.
Virginia Tech (18-13) will hit the road and play at Ohio in Round 2; tipoff is set for Sunday, March 20 at 2 p.m. ET. The Hokies also got 12 points and nine rebounds from Sidney Cook.
Elon (18-13) was held to seven points in the second quarter. Leading scorers were Essence Baucom and Malaya Johnson, both with 13 points.
IUPUI 63, Central Michigan 55
MOUNT PLEASANT, MI – Akilah Sims scored 24 points for IUPUI, which scored 41 points in the middle two quarters to move past Central Michigan, 63-55, in the Postseason WNIT.
IUPUI (21-10) will play either Northwestern or San Diego in Round 2. IUPUI also got eight points and eight rebounds from Mikale Rogers. IUPUI only had nine turnovers and made 20 free throws.
Tinara Moore scored 15 points and added nine rebounds for Central Michigan (22-11).