SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Junior guard Iasia Hemingway netted 14 points and recorded a career-high 17 rebounds to lead Syracuse (24-9) to a 63-50 victory against St. Bonaventure (21-12) in the second round of the WNIT. With the win, SU advances to the third round of the tournament on Thursday, March 24, when the team will host Eastern Michigan at 7 p.m. ET in the Carrier Dome.
Syracuse shot 41.1 percent in the contest, marking the fourth consecutive game that the squad has shot 40.0 percent or better from the field. SU out-rebounded St. Bonaventure 43-29 in the team’s 41st consecutive non-conference home win.
Sophomore center Kayla Alexander and sophomore guard Elashier Hall joined Hemingway with double-digit points in the victory. Alexander registered 12 points and three blocks, while Hall added 10 points and six boards.
Eastern Michigan 63, UNC-Wilmington 54 — Box Score
WILMINGTON, N.C. — After trailing 47-24 with just 14:26 remaining, Eastern Michigan used a 29-5 run during the next 14 minutes to post a 63-54 win Monday against North Carolina-Wilmington in the second round of the Women’s National Invitation Tournament at Trask Coliseum.
Eastern (24-12) also eclipsed the program’s highest win total for a single season, surpassing the 23 wins during the 2004-05 campaign. The Seahawks, who were hosting their first-ever postseason game and who had posted a 12-1 home record before tonight’s matchup, exited the season with a 24-9 mark.
Florida 74, Florida Gulf Coast 69 — Box Score
FORT MYERS, Fla. – Freshman Jaterra Bonds led Florida’s comeback with 19 points and the Gators knocked off Florida Gulf Coast 74-69 on Monday in the second round of the Women’s National Invitation Tournament in front of an Alico Arena record-crowd of 4,543.
The Gator win snapped the Eagles’ 42 game home-winning streak, which stood as the third longest active streak in the country, and gave Florida its 10th 20-win season in program history, as the team improved to 20-14 overall.
The Gators and 49ers met during the regular season and Florida won that match-up 76-70 on Nov. 15 in Gainesville in the second round of the Preseason WNIT.
Colorado 81, California 65 — Box Score
BOULDER, Colo. – Colorado raced to a 27-point halftime lead and put away California 81-65 Monday night at the Coors Events Center to advance to the third-round of the WNIT.
CU (17-15) finished with 10 3-pointers, four of them by senior Brittany Spears, who finished with a game-best 33 points. Brittany Wilson added 16, Meagan Malcolm-Peck 13 and Chucky Jeffery 11.
Cal, destined to see more of the Buffs in seasons to come in the Pac-12 Conference, ended its season at 18-16.
Wyoming 75, Oklahoma State 71 — Box Score
LARAMIE, Wyo. — Oklahoma State saw its season come to an end with a 75-71 loss at Wyoming in the second round of the WNIT in front of 5,372 fans inside Arena Auditorium.
Playing without their leading scorer and rebounder in sophomore Toni Young, OSU (17-15) struggled to find its way offensively early on, hitting just 27 percent of its shots in the first half to trail 35-27 at the break.
Wyoming’s (24-8) first four baskets of the night were all from beyond the 3-point line as the Cowgirls raced out to a 12-5 lead before OSU cut it back to a two-point deficit at 16-14. However, Wyoming hit OSU with a 17-3 run, including seven consecutive points from Hillary Carlson, to extend the margin to 33-17. During that stretch, OSU managed just one field goal over a seven-minute stretch.
Oral Roberts 92, Tulane 86 — Box Score
TULSA, Okla. — Senior forward Danielle Nunn had a career-high 37 points and the Green Wave scored a season-best point total but it was not enough as Tulane dropped a 92-86 to host Oral Roberts in the second round of the 2011 WNIT Monday evening at the Mabee Center.
The Wave led 86-82 with 1:42 left to play, but committed three turnovers, attempted just one field goal and were called for five fouls down the stretch. The Golden Eagles, meanwhile, hit 6 of 8 free throws over the final 48 seconds to come away with the win. Tulane concluded the 2010-11 season 23-11 while Oral Roberts improved to 23-10 and advanced to take on Arkansas in the third round of the WNIT.
For the game, Tulane hit 46.0 percent from the field (29-of-63) and held the Golden Eagles to a .387 clip (29-of-75). It came down to free throws and rebounding as Oral Roberts hit 27-of-32 freebies, out-rebounded the Green Wave 45-39 and turned 24 offensive rebounds into 22 second-chance points.