Teams set for DII national semifinals
Clayton State, Shaw, Michigan Tech and NW Mo. St. advance
Quarterfinal No. 1: Clayton State 84, Bentley 61
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. -- Using a suffocating defense and relentless offense, Clayton State moved on to the national semifinal round with an 84-61 victory against Bentley at the Division II Women’s Basketball Championship on Tuesday.
Clayton State forced 26 Falcon turnovers, recording 19 steals in the process, and scored 26 points off Bentley turnovers. The Lakers shot 80 percent from behind the arc in the second half and finished the game shooting 48 percent from the field.
The Lakers started the second half on a 23-2 run and never let off the gas, leading by as many as 26 points. Teshymia Tillman led all scorers with 22 points on 9 of 17 shooting including 4 of 6 from 3-point range. Breanna Fort shot 50 percent from the field, scoring 14 points and led the Lakers with six boards.
Bentley used 4 of 7 shooting from behind the arc to pull within three points at the break.
Jacqui Brugliera was 2 of 3 from 3 and scored 11 first-half points. Clayton State held Brugliera to just one point in the second period, as she hitting just 4 of 11 from the field.
Bentley’s hot 3-point shooting was cooled to 40 percent in the second half.
Clayton State (33-1) will face Shaw on Wednesday at 7 p.m. ET in the at St. Joseph Civic Arena.
Quarterfinal No. 2: Shaw 46, Metro State 45
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. -- A Brittany Ransom layup at the buzzer gave Shaw a thrilling 46-45 victory against Metro State in the second quarterfinal game of the day at the Division II Women’s Elite Eight.
Kyria Buford sank a 3-pointer with 7.4 seconds remaining to bring the Lady Bears within one. Buford had been 1 of 16 from the field, including 0 of 5 from behind the arc, before the 3 gave Shaw a chance.
Diving for the ball on the in-bounds, Brittney Spencer fouled Metro State’s Brandi Valencia. Valencia missed both free throw attempts, and Spencer pushed a pass to Ransom for the game winner.
Metro State finished the game shooting 7 of 17 from the charity stripe, and shot just 30 percent from the field. Metro State’s defense held Shaw’s Demaria Lile to four points and nine rebounds. Liles entered the tournament averaging a double-double. Ransom finished with 13 points on 4 of 9 shooting from the field.
Jasmine Cervantes finished with 11 boards and nine points for the Roadrunners. Cassondra Bratton was just 1 of 3 from the field but used four free throws to score six to go with her 10 rebounds.
Brandi Valencia finished with 10 for Metro State.
Both teams were cold in the first half, with Metro State taking a narrow seven-point lead to the break 26-19. There were nine lead changes in the game, and Metro State’s brief nine-point lead in the first half was the largest margin for either team.
Quarterfinal No. 3: Michigan Tech 69, Arkansas Tech 58
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. -- Michigan Tech advanced to the semifinal round of the Division II Women’s Basketball Championships following a 69-58 victory against Arkansas Tech on Tuesday.
The Huskies used 55 percent shooting from the field in the second half to pull ahead of the Golden Suns for good. After shooting 26 percent from behind the arc in the first frame, Michigan Tech heated up after halftime, shooting 56 percent from 3.
Down by one at the break, Michigan Tech came out hot and jumped to 14-point lead in the first nine minutes of the second half. The Golden Suns whittled the Husky lead to just five, but it was too little too late.
All five of Angela Guisfredi’s field goals came from behind the arc, as she finished with 16 points for Michigan Tech. Sam Hoyt led the Huskies with 18 points on 4 of 7 3-point shooting.
Jessica Weatherford led all scorers with 21 for Arkansas Tech.
Arkansas Tech took a 29-28 lead to the break. Jessica Weatherford had 10 first-half points for the Golden Suns and Natalia Santos chipped in 10 rebounds in the period. Santos was cold from the field, going to the break 0 of 6 from the field. Michigan Tech shot 30 percent from the field in the first, and got two 3s apiece from Sam Hoyt and Angela Guisfredi.
The Huskies will face Northwest Missouri State in the second semifinal game Wednesday night at 9:30 p.m. ET.
Quarterfinal No. 4: Northwest Missouri State 78, Cal Poly Pomona 65
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. -- Northwest Missouri State didn’t have to travel far to Tuesday’s Division II Women's Basketball Championship quarterfinal round, and it won’t go far for Wednesday’s semifinal after defeating Cal Poly Pomona 78-65.
Northwest Missouri never trailed and took a 39-22 lead into the break after a red-hot shooting performance in the first frame. Northwest Missouri shot 60 percent from the field, 50 percent from behind the arc and was a perfect 5 of 5 from the charity stripe in the first period. Shelly Martin scored 14 first-half points on 5 of 6 shooting to lead the charge.
The Broncos' press in the second half cooled the Bearcats, but not enough to slim the deficit. Cal Poly Pomona shot just 35 percent from the field and 17 percent from 3-point range for the game. Northwest Missouri hit 43 percent from the field in the second half, but just 20 percent from behind the arc.
Cal Poly Pomona slowed Martin in the second half, as she finished with 19 points.
Gentry Dietz had a double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds. Gabby Curtis also scored 19 points for Northwest Missouri. Reyana Colson matched Dietz’s double-double performance, finishing with 15 points and 11 boards.