The WNIT started Day 2 with consolation games and the second round games. For this post, it will be focused on the 8 second round games only. At the end of the evening, 4 teams advanced to the WNIT quarterfinals (regional championship games). Click here for a recap of Day 1’s WNIT action.
Delaware vs Clemson
The first game of this regional was a very good game during the first half. It was a battle between Jasmine Dickey of Delaware and Delicia Washington of Clemson. Delaware hit a buzzer beating three pointer at half to lead Clemson by 5. Delaware then hit yet another buzzer beating three pointer at the end of the third quarter. Delaware took control in the fourth quarter over Clemson and never looked back to advance to the quarterfinals.
Villanova vs Florida
Villanova took full control of this game early in the first quarter and Florida was not able to get past Villanova because they were so strong. Villanova advanced to face Delaware in the quarterfinals on Monday.
Fort Worth Regional
Rice vs Fresno State
Rice came out hot early and were able to control the tempo in this game. They lead by as many as 15 points but Fresno State just wouldn’t let them go easily. Fresno State did battle Rice, but Rice’s ability to score and defend was too much for Fresno State to overcome. Rice advances to the WNIT quarterfinals on Monday.
California Baptist vs San Francisco
The California Baptist team was looking to stay undefeated and they succeeded in doing so. San Francisco just didn’t have the size to battle with Brittney Thomas in the paint, but they did have heart. They battled California Baptist in the 4th quarter, but California Baptist prevailed despite losing their top player, the point guard Ane Olaeta to injury early 1st quarter. They will face Rice in the WNIT quarterfinals on Monday.
Northern Iowa vs Creighton
This was the first game in the Rockford regional and it was a tight game throughout. Neither team was able to get much seperation and Northern Iowa was able to squeak by Creighton in the last seconds of the game. Northern Iowa advances to the WNIT quarterfinals on Monday.
Saint Louis vs Milawaukee
Saint Louis came out swinging in this game and Milwaukee struggled to score early on. This lead to a large lead for Saint Louis in which they were able to maintain the entire game. Saint Louis advances to the WNIT quarterfinals to face Northern Iowa on Monday.
Nebraska vs Colorado
Nebraska vs Colorado was a battle of two Power 5 teams. Colorado was able to establish their game against Nebraska’s pesky defense and managed to hold on and just squeeze out the win. Colorado advances to the WNIT quarterfinals on Monday.
Tulane vs Ole Miss
In the last game in this regional, it was a barn burner. Tulane and Ole Miss were tied and went back and forth until late 4th quarter. Ole Miss tuned up their defense and were able to get some key stops and some timely baskets to win over Tulane. Ole Miss advances to face Colorado in the WNIT quarterfinals on Monday.
The WNIT quarterfinals will take place on Monday evening and will stream on FloHoops.