The WNIT semifinals took place in Memphis, Tennessee. Four teams were battling for a spot in the final. Delaware, Rice, Ole Miss and Northern Iowa. Before they reached the semifinals, here’s a quick refresher on how they got here. Day 1, Day 2 and Regional Final results/recaps.
Rice vs Delaware
Coming into this game, both Rice and Delaware had impressive victories beforehand. It was going to be a battle between Nancy Mulkey and Jasmine Dickey. However, Nancy Mulkey was held scoreless in this game and Jasmine Dickey struggled shooting in this game. Rice led 6-0 early in the game and it just got bigger as the game went on. Rice was up by as many as 20 points at one point in the game, due to the shooting struggles of Delaware. Rice was able to pull away and were able to hold off Delaware in the fourth quarter to advance to the WNIT Final.
Ole Miss vs Northern Iowa
Coming into this game, Ole Miss was looking to make some more noise as head coach Yolett McCuin was back on the sidelines after Covid protocols kept her out. Northern Iowa was looking to prove themselves as well. But, it was Ole Miss who won out. They won because of their defense, their ability to draw fouls and getting to the free throw line. Northern Iowa did make it a game, but they could never get more closer than 8 or 9 points and Ole Miss held on to win the game and advance to the WNIT final. They will face Rice in the final and it should be very interesting. The final will air on FloHoops and will be played at 1 pm local time, 2 pm EST on Sunday afternoon.
The WNIT quarterfinals kicked off tonight and 8 teams were competing for a chance to become regional champions as well as a spot in the WNIT Final Four. Here’s the recap from Day 1 and Day 2 that got us to this point.
Delaware vs Villanova
Delaware and Villanova battled each other all night long. Neither team could gain much seperation until the last 3 minutes of the game. Villanova star Maddy Siegrist fouled out of the game and the Blue Hens took advantage of it. They were able to play solid defense down the stretch and execute on offense. Despite Villanova trying to make a comeback, the Delaware Blue Hens were able to withstand it. They are the Charlotte regional champions and advance to the WNIT Final Four.
Fort Worth Regional
Rice vs California Baptist
California Baptist came into this game undefeated with a record of 26-0. They were looking to improve to 27-0. Rice threw a wrench into that plan. From the beginning of the game, Rice attacked California Baptist at the basket, forced turnovers, made excellent plays on offense and did not let Brittney Thomas get going on offense. Rice looked very good against California Baptist and held a 30 point lead in the 4th quarter. They are Fort Worth regional champions and advance to the WNIT Final Four where they will face Delaware in the WNIT semifinals.
Saint Louis vs Northern Iowa
Saint Louis and Northern Iowa struggled to score early in the game and it was a low scoring game until Northern Iowa started to hit some baskets down the stretch of the game. Even when Saint Louis was threatening to come back, Northern Iowa was able to control it and they held on to win. They are the Rockford regional champions and advance to the WNIT Final Four.
Colorado vs Ole Miss
Colorado and Ole Miss both came into this game after solid outings against previous teams. But, it was Ole Miss who controlled the first half with their defense, ball pressure and getting to the free throw line. In the second half, it was a different story. Colorado was able to get some key stops, they got into Ole Miss players heads a little bit and kept it close until the last minutes of the game. Had Colorado played like they did in the second half in the first half, Colorado may have won the game. Instead, Ole Miss was able to hold on and win. They are the Memphis regional champions and advance to the WNIT Final Four to face Northern Iowa in the WNIT semifinals.