WNIT Semifinals Recaps

Ole Miss women's basketball

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.

WNIT Quarterfinals(Regional Finals) Results/Recaps

Rice Women's Basketball

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.

Charlotte Regional

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.

Rockford Regional

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.

Memphis Regional

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.

WNIT Day 2 Results/Mini Recaps

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.

Charlotte Regional

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.

Rockford Regional

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.

Memphis Regional

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.

WNIT Day 1 Results/Mini Recaps

California Baptist Women's Basketball Team

The WNIT started play with 16 teams across 4 different regions. At the end of the day, 8 teams advanced to the WNIT second round and the rest moved onto the consolation round.

Charlotte Regional

Delaware vs Fordham

Delaware was strong in this game, they did not let Fordham get close and won easily to advance.

Ohio vs Clemson

This was a very close game, both teams fought all game but it was Clemson who sealed the deal and went onto advance. They will face Delaware in the second round.

Charlotte vs Florida

Charlotte vs Florida was quite interesting. It went back and forth all game long, the coaches got into a heated battle and it was very intense. Florida escaped with a win to advance.

Villanova vs UMass

Villanova came out firing in the last game of the Charlotte regional and never looked back versus UMass. Maddy Siegrist scored 20 points in the first half. They made it look so easy. Villanova advanced to face Florida in the second round

Fort Worth Regional

Rice vs Arizona State

This game was UGLY. Very brutal to watch. Both teams defended very well but struggled to score and Rice was able to advance.

Fresno State vs Missouri

This game was a very good game. Missouri was ahead in the beginning, at one point, they lead by 20. But, the Cavinder sisters would not go away. With Fresno State’s ability to score in a variety of ways, they were able to overcome Missouri’s lead and advance to the second round where they will face Rice.

Houston vs San Francisco

This game was very close throughout. No team was able to get much seperation until the 4th quarter. San Francisco was able to take the lead late vs Houston and never relinquished it to advance to the second round.

California Baptist vs New Mexico

In the last game of the Fort Worth regional, California Baptist was coming into this game undefeated. They would have been an NCAA tournament team but they are still transitioning to Division 1. This game was very good. It went back and forth all game long. Jaedyn De La Cerda for New Mexico and Ane Olaeta for California Baptist battled all game long. Brittney Thomas was excellent too. California Baptist was able to edge New Mexico in the last couple of minutes and grinded out a win to remain undefeated. They will face San Francisco in the second round.

Rockford Regional

Northern Iowa vs Dayton

Northern Iowa controlled this game from the start and Dayton was never really able to break through over Northern Iowa despite being down by single digits for a majority of the game. Northern Iowa advanced to the second round.

Creighton vs Bowling Green

You know the saying, where it’s just a difference between conferences? That sometimes, the bigger conferences prevail over the smaller ones? Well, that happened in this game. Creighton was just a bit better than Bowling Green. Bowling Green did try to make it a contest, but they couldn’t break through and Creighton advanced to face Northern Iowa in the second round.

DePaul vs Saint Louis

Saint Louis came prepared. DePaul did not. Despite only losing by 2 points in this game, DePaul could’ve played much better. This is not an insult to St. Louis who played very well and deserve to advance, but DePaul has been disappointing lately. They started off the season well and fell off the wagon in March.

Milawaukee vs Drake

This game was surprising. This was the last game in the Rockford regional and Milwaukee came out firing against Drake. They were up 30+ at one point in the game. Drake did not have any answers for Milawaukee. Milawaukee advances to the second round to face St. Louis.

Memphis Regional

Nebraska vs UTM

Nebraska started off slowly and it was a competitive game in the beginning, but all that changed after halftime. Nebraska got hot and were able to gain a big lead that allowed them to cruise the rest of the game. Nebraska advanced to the second round.

Colorado vs Louisiana

Colorado had an easy time with Louisiana and were able to win easily. Louisiana was never able to score enough to try to come back in this game. Colorado advances to face Nebraska in the second round.

Ole Miss vs Samford

Ole Miss looked ready for this game. Samford stood no chance. Ole Miss was faster, stronger and better. Ole Miss’s players were also taller than some of the Samford players so it was an easy win for Ole Miss. They advance to the second round.

Illinois State vs Tulane

In the last game of the Memphis regional, it was very close throughout the game between Illinois State and Tulane. However, late 3rd quarter, Tulane was able to create just a bit of seperation from Illinois State and were able to hold on for the rest of the game to win. Tulane advances to face Ole Miss in the second round.