Villanova (22-13) at West Virginia (21-14), 2 p.m. ET – This is Villanova’s first appearance in the WNIT quarterfinals; the Wildcats are shooting better than 43 percent from 3-point range in the tournament. Katherine Coyer’s 23 points in the Round 3 victory over St. John’s was a career high. Villanova refuses to hurt itself – it averages just over eight turnovers per game and has led the nation in fewest turnovers per game in four of the past seven seasons. This is the second appearance for West Virginia in the WNIT quarterfinals (2005). Bria Holmes has scored 663 points this season; one more will give her the third-best total in WVU history. Holmes ended the regular season ranked in the Big 12’s top 10 in assists, blocked shots, field goal percentage, free throw percentage, steals and made three-pointers.
Michigan (19-14) at Southern Miss (25-10), 3 p.m. ET – Michigan held Missouri to under 26 percent shooting in the second half in their Round 3 matchup. The Wolverines had five players in double-figure scoring in that victory and have four players average double figures; Katelynn Flaherty tops the list at 14.4 ppg and shoots 38 percent from 3-point range. Cyesha Goree adds 13.8 points and 10.5 rebounds per contest. Southern Miss senior forward Tamara Jones, who played two seasons at Garden City Community College in Kansas, paces the team in averaging 16.5 points and 7.1 rebounds per game. The Lady Eagles are expecting a major boost from their home crowd, with more than 2,600 tickets already sold for Sunday’s game.
Temple (19-16) at Middle Tennessee (24-9), 5 p.m. ET – Temple rode the savvy and skills of three young players to get past NC State in overtime to reach the WNIT quarterfinals. Sophomore Feyonda Fitzgerald hit the game-winner on an off-balance bank shot with less than a second remaining; freshmen Tanaya Atkinson (17 points) and Alliya Butts (16 points) led the way in scoring. Middle Tennessee sophomore guard Ty Petty had a career-high 29 points in the Blue Raiders’ Round 3 win against Ole Miss; the team shot 59.6 percent from the field, the all-time best for MT in a postseason game. Middle Tennessee is 14-3 at home this season.
Saint Mary’s (23-10) at UCLA (16-18), 5 p.m. ET – Saint Mary’s is in the WNIT quarterfinals for the second time in the past three seasons. The Gaels had one of the best RPI rankings (No. 60) of any team in the WNIT, although they average almost 19 turnovers per contest. Lauren Nicholson averages 17.4 points per game for Saint Mary’s, and she shoots better than 82 percent from the free-throw line. UCLA’s Nirra Fields has topped 20 points in all three WNIT games for the Bruins. UCLA went 1-of-10 from the field to start the second half against Northern Colorado in Round 3, but rallied for the victory. Eight players on the Bruins roster are freshmen or redshirt freshmen.