WNIT Daily Roundup
Charlotte 49ers reach school-record 25th win
Southern California 78, Nevada 59 -- Box Score
RENO, NEV. -- USC put forth a powerful performance on the road in picking up a 78-59 WNIT second round win against host Nevada. In spite of the snow falling outside, the Trojans here hot-handed from the get-go and piled up their largest halftime lead of the season to put some comfortable distance between themselves and the Wolf Pack. The victory gives USC its first-ever WNIT third round appearance.
USC was shooting at a 50-percent clip by halftime as Jacki Gemelos and Cassie Harberts had worked into double figures and the Trojans gripped their largest halftime lead of the year with a 44-26 advantage at the break. The Wolf Pack hit 40 percent in the first half, while the Trojans were also ahead on the boards 19-12. In front of a record crowd of 3,361 at Nevada's Lawlor Events Center, the Trojans stayed efficient to finish out the game shooting 49 percent from the field while piling up 18 assists and committing just eight turnovers and holding a 36-33 advantage on the boards. Nevada wound up shooting 35 percent in the game.
Illinois State 62, Wisconsin 59 -- Box Score
Illinois State (22-10) held off a late charge by Wisconsin (16-15) to win a WNIT second round game 62-59 at the Kohl Center. The two teams scored 12 points in the final 32 seconds, but a late 9-0 run and clutch free throws by the Redbirds made the difference.
Katie Broadway and Emily Hanley combined for 34 points on 10-of-17 shooting from the field and 10-of-12 free-throw shooting. Broadway led the Redbirds with 18 points, making three 3-pointers and a career-high seven free throws. Hanley had 16 points and a team-best seven rebounds.
Arkansas 65, Missouri State 64 -- Box Score
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Junior C'eira Ricketts hit a 3-pointer as time ticked off the clock leading the University of Arkansas to a thrilling 65-64 win against Missouri State in Springfield, Mo., Sunday advancing in the Women's National Invitational Tournament.
Ricketts led Arkansas with 21 points and nine rebounds in the win. Watkins had 13 points and eight boards despite playing just 29 minutes with foul trouble. Junior Ashley Daniels and sophomore Quistelle Williams each had eight for the Razorbacks.
Alabama 72, Northwestern 70 -- Box Score
EVANSTON, Ill. - Senior Tierney Jenkins converted on a layup after grabbing the offensive rebounds with 7 seconds left on the clock to lift the women's basketball team (18-14) over Northwestern (19-14) 72-70 on Sunday at Welsh-Ryan Arena.
Jenkins led a trio of Alabama players with 18 points. She was followed by junior Ericka Russell with 16 points and senior Varisia Raffington, who added 12 points. Jenkins also pulled down a game-high 12 rebounds for her 20th double-double of the season, while senior LaToya King dished out seven of the Tide's 18 assists.
Virginia 71, Loyola 49 -- Box Score
BALTIMORE -- Virginia defeated Loyola (Md.) on the road 71-49 in the second round of the 2011 Women's National Invitation Tournament (WNIT).
UVa juniors Ariana Moorer and Chelsea Shine, along with rookie Ataira Franklin all scored 14 points apiece to lead the Cavaliers. China Crosby (New York, N.Y.) added 10 points for UVa.
The win improved Virginia's record to 18-15 overall. Loyola finished its season with a 21-13 record.
Charlotte 69, South Carolina 57 -- Box Score
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Behind four double-figure scorers, the Charlotte 49ers (25-9) defeated South Carolina (18-15), 69-57, on the road in the second round of the WNIT for their school-record 25th win.
Shannon McCallum, who set the school-record by playing in her 127th career game, led the 49ers with 21 points. She scored 13 points in the second half. Epiphany Woodson scored 14 points. Kendria Holmes tallied 11 points. Holmes connected on three 3s in the game. Jai Forney scored 10 points off the bench with eight of those points coming in the second half.