March 20, 2011 – Charlotte, playing in its seventh Postseason WNIT in eight years, advanced to Round 3 and set a school record for wins by defeating host South Carolina 69-57.
The 49ers (25-9) made a go-ahead layup to lead 14-12 early in the game, and never again trailed. Shannon McCallum led Charlotte with 21 points. The 49ers will play the winner of Monday’s Florida-FGCU game at a date and location to be announced.
South Carolina (18-15) was led by Ieasia Walker, who had 15 points.
Also Sunday, Illinois State edged host Wisconsin 62-59 in a back-and-forth battle throughout. Illinois State will host Duquesne on Thursday in Round 3.
Illinois State (22-10), playing in the Postseason WNIT for the fourth time in five years, improved to 10-3 in the tournament during the current span. Katie Broadway (18 points) and Emily Hanley (16 points, 7 rebounds) led the Redbirds.
Wisconsin, led by Alyssa Karel’s 24 points, finished its season 16-15.
Alabama (18-14) won its second straight game on the road, edging Northwestern 72-70 to get to its most wins in school history since 2002. Alabama, which is 16-1 on the year when at least three players score in double figures, will travel to play at Toledo in Round 3. Tierney Jenkins led the way with 18 points and 12 rebounds for the Crimson Tide.
With Beth Marshall’s 20 points, Northwestern finished the season 19-14.
Arkansas picked up a one-point victory on the road at Missouri State, defeating the Lady Bears 65-64. Arkansas (21-11) got 21 points and nine rebounds from C’eira Rickettts and will play Monday’s Tulane at Oral Roberts winner at a date and location to be announced.
Missouri State (24-11) closed its season with seven wins in nine games and had four players in double figures. The Bears were led by Christiana Shorter’s 15 points.
Virginia extended coach Debbie Ryan’s final-season run another game, as the Cavaliers defeated host Loyola 71-49.
Virginia (18-15) will host fellow ACC member Boston College on Thursday in Round 3.
For Loyola (21-13), Katie Sheahin scored 24 points and had 6 rebounds for the Greyhounds, who were coming off their first-ever postseason victory Wednesday over Old Dominion.
Southern Cal improved its Postseason WNIT record to 4-2 (2000, 2002, 2011) with a 78-59 victory in front of more than 3300 fans at Nevada.
Nevada (22-11) closed its finest year in school history with its first-ever postseason victory (Thursday at Saint Mary’s) and a Round 2 game with USC. Tahnee Robinson led the Wolfpack with 19 points and 6 rebounds.
Jacki Gemelos (20 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists) and Ashley Corral (20 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists) led USC (21-12), which next plays at BYU Wednesday in Round 3 in Provo, Utah.
Round 2 Games
Sunday, March 20
Charlotte 69, South Carolina 57
Illinois State 62, Wisconsin 59
Alabama 72, Northwestern 70
Arkansas 65, Missouri State 64
Virginia 71, Loyola 49
Southern Cal 78, Nevada 59