VIRGINIA TECH 64, WEST VIRGINIA 61
MORGANTOWN, WV – Virginia Tech, which was just 5-of-20 from the 3-point line in an 18-point November loss to West Virginia, came through in the Postseason WNIT semifinals Wednesday thanks to a 3-pointer from junior college transfer Taylor Emery, which sent the Hokies into Saturday’s championship game against Indiana.
That game will be played at Indiana, set for a 3 p.m. ET tipoff, and will be televised by CBS Sports Network.
Trailing 61-60, Emery (the top-ranked JUCO player from 2016-17) got loose for the shot that put Virginia Tech (23-13) ahead, 63-61, with 22 seconds remaining. A free throw by Aisha Sheppard made it 64-61, and West Virginia (25-12) was unable to hit its final look.
Naomi Davenport hit a jumper for the Mountaineers to give them a 60-56 lead with 1:47 to go. Emery hit a shot 12 seconds later, and the Hokies drew closer on two free throws from Rachel Camp with 1:08 to go.
For VT, Emery had 23 points and five rebounds; Camp closed with 14 points, six rebounds and five assists, and Regan Magarity added 11 points and 11 rebounds. The Mountaineers got 20 points from Teana Muldrow and 14 points from Davenport, with Kristina King reeling in 12 rebounds.
West Virginia pulled out of a first-half hole by scoring 15 points in the first four minutes of the third quarter, tying the game at 40-all as Muldrow hit two 3-pointers.
Virginia Tech used an 8-0 run to pull ahead early, hitting four 3-pointers on the way to a 19-12 lead after 10 minutes; the Mountaineers went 1-for-10 from the field in one stretch. The margin stayed just inside double figures at the half, as West Virginia was 0-for-9 from 3-point range and Magarity had nine points for VT, which took a 33-25 lead into the break.
The Mountaineers were just 4-of-19 from the 3-point line.
INDIANA 71, TCU 58
BLOOMINGTON, IN – In front of 7,815 fans, the fourth-largest crowd to see an Indiana women’s basketball game in program history, the Hoosiers resolutely worked past TCU in the semifinals of the Postseason WNIT and had five players reach double figures on scoring.
The victory gives the Hoosiers (22-14) the opportunity to host Saturday’s WNIT championship game – tipoff is set for 3 p.m. ET, with the game to be televised by CBS Sports Network.
Tyra Buss had 22 points for Indiana; Amanda Cahill added 14 points, Jaelynn Penn registered 13 points and Kym Royster had 10 points and 10 rebounds. The Hoosiers shot 53 percent from the field and led all but 90 seconds of the game despite having 16 turnovers.
Both teams struggled to get out of the starting gate, as TCU had a 14-13 lead after the first quarter. Indiana’s touch from the field improved enough to open up a 27-19 on baskets from Bendu Yeaney and Jaelynn Penn and a 3-pointer from Tyra Buss, but the Frogs stayed in touch, trailing just 32-28 at halftime.
Indiana extended the lead slightly after three quarters, 51-40, with a TCU foul with one second left allowing Cahill to knock in two free throws.
TCU (23-13) got 13 points from Dakota Vann and 11 points from Amy Okonkwo.
Saturday, March 31
Virginia Tech at Indiana, 3 p.m. ET