Tarleton picks up first tourney win
NW Missouri St. shot a season-high 65 percent from the floor
Tarleton 86, Southeastern Oklahoma 75 – Recap
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – Tarleton picked up its first NCAA Division II tournament win in school history with an 86-75 win against Southeastern Oklahoma in the first round Friday afternoon.
Southeastern Oklahoma struck first with a free throw and a layup to take a 3-0 lead. Tarleton’s Shelby Adamson led a surge by the TexAnns when she followed with a 3-pointer, then stole the inbounds pass for the layup making a quick five-point turnaround.
Pace 62, Franklin Pierce 60 – Recap
WALTHAM, Mass. -- Brittany Shields connected on a foul-line jumper with 2.9 seconds left in the game to lift the Setters to a 62-60 win against the Ravens of Franklin Pierce in the opening round of the NCAA tournament.
In a tightly contested first half, the Setters were able to pull away late with a 12-6 run to lead 36-28. Both teams held small leads in early action with the Setters shooting 44.8 percent from the field, including a blistering 5-for-7 (71.4 percent) from long range. Lisa Welsome led Pace with 10 points, while Brittany Huggins netted nine and Shields totaled eight points.
Wisconsin-Parkside 73, Missouri S&T 55 – Recap
HOUGHTON, Mich. – The sixth-seeded Missouri S&T Miners hadn’t played a game since a Feb. 26 loss to Lewis Flyers in the opening round of the Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament, and the rust associated with such a break proved detrimental for the Miners, as they missed 11 of their first 13 shots in the opening 8 minutes of play against the third-seeded Wisconsin-Parkside Rangers.
The Rangers had no early shooting issues of their own, as they downed 14 of their first 15 shots en route to a 73-55 victory, in the first quarterfinal matchup of the NCAA Midwest Regional Tournament. It was the Rangers’ first NCAA Tournament victory.
South Carolina Aiken 69, Tusculum 63 – Recap
MORROW, Ga. – Third-seeded USC Aiken downed a pesky sixth-seeded Tusculum College 69-63 Friday afternoon in the first quarterfinal game of the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional Tournament hosted by Clayton State University.
USC Aiken (27-5), the No. 8-ranked team in the country, will face the winner of second-seeded Lander/seventh-seeded Wingate at 5 p.m. Saturday in the semifinal round. The tournament championship is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Monday. The winner of the Southeast Region will advance to the Elite Eight to be held in St. Joseph, Mo., March 22-23 and 25.
Florida Southern 87, Ouachita Baptist – Recap
RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. – Florida Southern seized the momentum early in the second half on Friday afternoon and never let go in an 87-74 victory against the Ouachita Baptist Lady Tigers in the first round of the 2011 NCAA Division II Tournament South Regional held at Tucker Coliseum.
With the win, No. 3 seed Florida Southern, who is ranked 21st in this week's USA Today ESPN Division II Coaches Poll, advances to the NCAA Division II Tournament South Regional semifinals at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday. The Moccasins will face either Delta State or North Alabama.
West Liberty 71, Millersville 68 – Recap
EDINBORO, Pa. – Edinboro native Tori Hansen returned home to lead West Liberty (25-6) to a 71-68 win against Millersville (22-7) in the opening game of the NCAA Division II Atlantic Regional quarterfinals. The Hilltoppers advance to play the winner of the Johnson C. Smith-Glenville State quarterfinal.
Hansen scored a game-high 25 points and pulled down 11 rebounds as West Liberty rallied from a seven-point deficit with 7 minutes to play. Her driving layup and ensuing free throw with 31 seconds left gave the Hilltoppers the lead for good at 68-65.
Quincy 85, Kentucky Wesleyan 72 – Recap
Houghton, Mich. – Playing in their first NCAA tournament game in the program’s history didn’t stop the seventh-seeded Kentucky Wesleyan Panthers from putting a scare into the No. 16-ranked Quincy Hawks. Trailing by two heading into the second half, the Hawks ran the court effectively and outscored the Panthers by 15 over the final 20 minutes to come away with an 85-72 victory.
Forward Kailyn Mitchell helped the Panthers (17-10 overall) take an early four-point advantage, 8-4, when she made a 3-pointer just under 3 minutes into the game. The Hawks (26-3 overall) cut the lead down one, 15-14, over the next 4 minutes, but they just couldn’t keep up with the Panthers, who looked poised beyond their limited experience.
Lander 86, Wingate 54 – Recap
MORROW, Ga. – Kaylyn Small recorded a double-double by scoring 11 points and grabbing 10 rebounds as second-seeded Lander University defeated seventh-seeded Wingate University 86-54 in the quarterfinals of 2011 NCAA Division II Southeast Regional hosted by Clayton State University on Friday at the Athletics and Fitness Center.
Brianna Webb swished a game-high 18 points that included four 3-pointers for the Lady Bearcats (28-3), who will play third-seeded USC Aiken in the semifinals Saturday at 5:30 p.m.
Lander – ranked No. 6 in the current USA Today ESPN Division II Coaches Poll – set a new school record with its 28th win of the season. The Lady Bearcats used a balanced attack with 10 players playing between 15 and 25 minutes.
Cal State Monterey Bay 68, Dixie State 59 – Recap
POMONA, Calif. - No. 22 Cal State Monterey Bay posted a 68-59 victory against No. 13 Dixie State in the opening game of the NCAA West Regional Tournament at Kellogg gym on Cal Poly Pomona campus.
Junior forward Shonetta Crain-Williams had her best showing of the season, recording career-highs with 18 points and 14 rebounds. Senior center Julie Heurung scored seven of her 13 points in the first half. On top of her 12 points, sophomore guard Jessica Fontenette finished with a career-best five steals.
Northwest Missouri State 92, Texas Woman’s 73 – Recap
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. -- Second-seeded Northwest Missouri State shot a season-high 65 percent from the floor in its opening round 92-73 victory in the NCAA South Central regional against Texas Woman's on Friday afternoon. Gentry Dietz led the Bearcats with 27 points.
All five Bearcat (26-4) starters scored in double figures in the win. Gabby Curtis scored 19 points and had a season-high eight assists. Abby Henry scored 15 points, and for the fourth time this season set a career-high with nine assists. Kyla Roehrig recorded her 14th double-double of the year with a 12-point, 14-rebound performance.
Johnson C. Smith 74, Glenville State 69 – Recap
Edinboro, Pa. – Johnson C. Smith made school history with a 74-69 victory against Glenville State College (No. 7 seed) in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division II Atlantic Regional tournament hosted by Edinboro University on Friday afternoon.
JCSU improved to 25-4 overall and earned its first regional win in the history of the women's program. The Lady Golden Bulls advance to the semifinals to face West Liberty State College in McComb Field house at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday.
Holy Family 79, Goldey-Beacom 67 – Recap
Waltham, Mass. -- Senior Catherine Carr scored a game-high 29 points to lead Holy Family to a 79-67 victory against conference rival Goldey-Beacom in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division II East Regional at the Dana Center on the campus of Bentley University Friday afternoon.
Holy Family, ranked 18th in the recent Coaches Poll, improves to 24-4 overall with the victory and is advancing to the regional semifinals for the sixth consecutive year. Goldey-Beacom, who was competing in its first ever NCAA tournament contest, concludes the season at 18-12.
Delta State 56, North Alabama 47 – Recap
RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. – Fourth-ranked Delta State used a familiar formula - defense, rebounding and Veronica Walker - to grind out a 56-47 win against the North Alabama Lions on Friday in the first round of the NCAA Division II Tournament South Regional at Tucker Coliseum.
The Lady Statesmen (27-3), seeded No. 2 in the NCAA South Regional, advance to face Florida Southern in the NCAA Division II Tournament South Regional semifinals at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday.
Michigan Tech 72, Lewis 56 – Recap
HOUGHTON, Mich. -- Michigan Tech blocked a school-record 16 shots in a 72-56 win against Lewis in the opening round of the NCAA tournament tonight. The Huskies held the Flyers to 36 percent shooting to win their 14th straight game in front of 1,613 fans at the SDC Gym. Tech, which is ranked No. 3 in the nation, is now 27-2 on the season.
Lisa Staehlin had a school-record seven blocks, while Lucy Dernovsek added five. The two seniors also led the Huskies in scoring with 22 and 16 points, respectively.
Clayton State 79, Francis Marion 54 – Recap
MORROW, Ga. – Top-seeded and No. 2-ranked Clayton State used a dominating first half to pace the Lakers to a 79-54 quarterfinal victory against eighth-seeded Francis Marion Friday evening in the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional women’s basketball tournament in the Athletics and Fitness Center.
It marks the first ever 30-victory season for Clayton State, and the Lakers are just the fourth team in Peach Belt Conference history to reach that achievement. Francis Marion ends the season at 18-10.
Bentley 75, C.W. Post 67 – Recap
WALTHAM, Mass. – Freshman forward Jacqui Brugliera amassed 25 points and 13 rebounds, and three other first-year players combined for 31 points and 18 rebounds, as Bentley University, the number one seed in the NCAA Division II Women’s Basketball East Regional, advanced with a wire-to-wire 75-67 win against C.W. Post Friday evening at the Dana Center.
Bentley, 26-4, will meet the winner of the final quarterfinal, fourth-seeded Assumption College or fifth-seeded Saint Rose, in Sunday’s semifinals, with tip-off set for 2:30 pm.
Arkansas Tech 102, Fort Valley State 65 – Recap
RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas Tech opened defense of its NCAA Division II South Regional title Friday evening by shooting nearly 59 percent from the field and putting five players in double figures en route to its 102-65 win against Fort Valley State in the third of four quarterfinal games at Tucker Coliseum.
With the win, Tech, who improves to 28-2 overall on the year, extends its home court winning streak to 34 consecutive games dating to the 2008 season. The winning streak is the third longest in school history and the longest active streak in Division II women’s basketball.
Barton 80, Georgia College 70 – Recap
MORROW, Ga. – Barton’s Faith Hunter hit an off-balance driving baseline lay-up with 21 seconds left to lead the fifth-seeded Bulldogs to a 80-79 upset win against fourth-seeded Georgia College in the fourth quarterfinal of the day at the 2011 NCAA Division II Southeast Regional at the Athletics & Fitness Center.
Georgia College (22-7) had a chance to claim victory on its next offensive possession, but Tammeisha Law missed a lay-up that Barton (26-4) was able to corral, leaving the Bulldogs with the narrow one-point win.
Assumption 74, Saint Rose 64 – Recap
Waltham, Mass. -- Led by a career-high 28-point performance by sophomore Gabrielle Gibson, Assumption advanced to the second round of the NCAA Division II tournament with a 74-64 victory against No. 5 seed Saint Rose on Friday night at Bentley University’s Dana Center.
Saint Rose jumped out to a 17-11 lead with 13:15 left in the first half before the Greyhounds answered with an 8-0 run over the next 2:15 to seize the 19-17 lead. Assumption took the lead on a three-point play from Sabrina Siciliano as she scored on a fast-break layup and converted the free throw. After the Golden Knights tied the game on a layup from Jessica Walton just moments later, Assumption put together a 13-0 run to take control at 32-19 with 5:23 left. Saint Rose cut the lead to 10 in the final minutes before the Greyhounds took the 38-25 lead into the halftime break. Gibson led all scorers for Assumption with 15 first-half points as the Greyhounds shot a blistering 64 percent from the field in the period.
Drury 67, Grand Valley State 60 – Recap
HOUGHTON, Mich. – The fifth-seeded Drury Panthers, who finished runner-up to host Michigan Tech during last season’s NCAA Midwest Regional Tournament, advanced to face the Huskies again by upsetting the Grand Valley State Lakers 67-60 Friday in the final quarterfinal matchup of the night. The Panthers got 22 points from freshman guard Bethanie Funderburk.
The Lakers jumped out to the early lead off a layup by guard Briauna Taylor. The Lakers were able to push that lead to as many as three, 9-6, after Briauna Taylor hit a 3-pointer. The Panthers (20-9 overall) answered with a 3 of their own from forward Abby Bracker and soon found themselves up by two, 11-9, after a jumper from guard Ja’Nell Jones.
Grand Canyon 53, Seattle Pacific 51 – Recap
POMONA, Calif. - No. 2 seed Grand Canyon narrowly defeated No. 7 Seattle Pacific 53-51 in the second game of the NCAA Division II Women's Basketball West Region tournament Friday.
Seattle Pacific struck first, but the 'Lopes came out swinging with an 11-0 run in the first 7 minutes of the first half. Samantha Murphy of GCU would put up a dazzling performance, collecting 24 total points, six rebounds and four treys. Right behind her was Maylinn Smith with 16 points, two steals and an assist.
Alaska Anchorage 55, Western Washington 48 – Recap
POMONA, Calif. - The No. 5 seed Alaska Anchorage upset fourth-seeded Western Washington 55-48 in first round action of the NCAA Division II Women's Basketball West Region Tournament.
The Vikings of WWU would lead for most of the first half with help from Megan Pinske, who would collect 12 total points. WWU would lead by as much as 12 but the Seawolves bounced back strong.
California (Pa.) 75, Charleston (W.Va.) 59 – Recap
EDINBORO, Pa. – Behind a 15-2 run late in the second half, California University of Pennsylvania posted a 75-59 victory against Charleston (W.Va.) on Friday night in the first round of the NCAA Atlantic Regional Tournament at McComb Fieldhouse.
The fifth-seeded Vulcans, who have won eight of their last nine games, improve to 22-8 overall and will face Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Champion Shaw (N.C.) Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Meanwhile, Charleston finishes the season with a 24-8 mark after tying for the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WVIAC) regular-season title.
Adams State 77, Fort Lewis 66 – Recap
DURANGO, Colo. -- Eighth-seeded Adams State rallied from as many as 12 down in the second half to knock off top-seeded and fifth-ranked Fort Lewis College 77-66 in overtime Friday night in the opening round of the Central Region in the NCAA Tournament.
The Grizzlies, who set a new Division II era school record for victories with Friday's historic win, improved to 22-9 overall after winning their first ever NCAA tournament game. The host Skyhawks, who advanced to the NCAA Division II title game in 2010, finished the season with a 28-3 record.
Wayne State 78, Colorado Christian 73 – Recap
Wayne State College used 62 percent shooting in the second half and rallied from a six-point deficit with just over 6 minutes remaining for a 78-73 victory against Colorado Christian Friday afternoon in the first round of the NCAA Division II Central Regional Women’s Basketball Tournament in Durango, Colo. The NCAA Division II ninth-ranked Wildcats improve to 26-3 on the season with the win while ending the season for Colorado Christian at 18-11.
The Wildcats got off to a slow start and trailed 13-5 with 15:24 to go in the first half. Thanks to strong play from bench players Ellen Hansen and Julie Ann Wagner, the Wildcats stayed close and took the lead with just under 6 minutes play in the half. A 3-pointer from Wagner, a layup by Hansen and another trey from Wagner erased a five-point Colorado Christian lead and put the ‘Cats in front 21-20 with 5:57 to play in the half.
Metro State 70, Winona State 56 – Recap
DURANGO, Colo. -- No. 10 Metro State did not allow a field goal in the final 11:20 of the first half and went on to win 70-56 against Winona State (Minn.) on Friday at the NCAA tournament in Durango, Colo. It was the first NCAA tournament win in school history. The Roadrunners were previously 0-4.
For the season Metro State improved to 28-2 overall, while WSU ended its season at 21-9.
Alyssa Benson scores two points in the first half.
The Warriors hung with the Roadrunners for the first 10 minutes of the game. WSU hit five of its first six shot attempts in the game and held a 15-12 lead with 11:20 left after a jumper by Natalie Gigler. That was the final field goal of the first half for the Warriors, who were outscored 19-3 over the final 9 minutes as Metro State led 31-19 at halftime.
Shaw 72, Edinboro 51 – Recap
Edinboro, Pa. -- The eighth seeded Lady Bears claimed a NCAA tournament opening round win against top-seed Edinboro 72-51 in a game played on host Edinboro's campus.
Edinboro certainly saw no signs of weakness from the Lady Bears. Shaw opened the game with a smothering zone defense and while the Fighting Scots hit the first and the last 3-pointers of the game, they missed 28 in between, allowing Shaw to stay in the zone and shut off the inside.
Central Oklahoma 65, Washburn 64 – Recap
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – Ashley Beckley rebounded her own miss and made a short follow shot with 4.8 seconds left to vault Central Oklahoma past Washburn 65-64 Friday night in the first round of the NCAA Division II South Central Regional.
The Bronchos had to withstand some tense moments at the end of the game when two players collided at the buzzer, but officials ruled that time had expired and UCO survived in the tense back-and-forth thriller.
Florida Tech 56, Tampa 54 – Recap
RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. – Lynisha Nelson hit two of free throws with 0.07 remaining to lead Florida Tech past Tampa 56-54 Friday evening in the first round of the NCAA Division II Championships.
After Rita Acevedo went 2-of-2 from the free-throw line to tie the game at 54-all with 34 seconds remaining, Tampa had a chance to take the final shot. With eight ticks on the clock, Gianna Messina’s shot was off the mark.
Nelson pounced on the rebound and fired a desperation shot just inside the Spartans’ half of the court. On the play, Tampa was called for a foul, sending Nelson to the line for a one-and-one and eventually winning the game for her team.
Cal Poly Pomona 71, Cal State San Bernardino 43 – Recap
POMONA, Calif. -- Not much could go wrong for Cal Poly Pomona Friday.
The Broncos shot a season-high 56 percent from the field and four CPP players tallied double figures. As the host of the NCAA Division II West Region Tournament, the Broncos are moving on to the second round after their 71-43 win against Cal State San Bernardino.
Northeastern State 88, Texas Permian Basin 68 – Recap
Taylor Lewis scored 21 points and Jasmine Webb had a double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds to lead No. 1 seed and host Northeastern State to a lop-sided 88-68 win against No. 8 seed Texas-Permian Basin.
The scrappy Falcons (21-8) forced 28 RiverHawk turnovers but were limited to a dismal 38.8 percent shooting effort. NSU, which has held opponents to an average of 54.5 points per outing this season, turned in another defensive gem with nine steals and 19 more rebounds than UTPB.
Northern State 74, Concordia-St. Paul 70 - Recap
DURANGO, Colo. -- Jodi Reinschmidt scored 23 points as No. 4 seed Northern State (S.D.) defeated No. 5 seed Concordia-St. Paul (Minn.) 74-70 in the fourth quarterfinal game of the NCAA Division II Central Regional playoffs in Whalen Gymnasium at Fort Lewis College.
Reinschmidt added nine rebounds and four assists in the battle between Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference foes.
She was joined in double figures by Emily Becken (19 points) and Krista Rabenberg (16 points, 9 rebounds) for Northern State.