WNIT Daily Roundup
49ers use 22-3 second-half run to ease by visiting Florida
Charlotte 81, Florida 77 – Box Score
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Behind a 22-3 second half run and three double-figures scorers, the Charlotte 49ers defeated Florida 81-77 in overtime in the third round of the WNIT.
McCallum recorded her 21st career 20-point scoring game with a game-high 25 points. With her 25 points, McCallum moved past Sakellie Daniels (2002-06) and Tonya Phifer (1998-01) into fourth place on the 49ers' career scoring list with 1,493 points.
Gabby Tyler scored 12 points off the bench. Jennifer Hailey added 10 points to the attack for Charlotte. Amanda Dowe and Jessica Johnsontallied nine points apiece.
UAB 63, Manhattan 43 – Box Score
RIVERDALE, N.Y. -- UAB knocked down 14 3-pointers to tie a school record en route to a 62-43 win against the Manhattan Jaspers in the semifinals of the Women's Basketball Invitational on Thursday night at Draddy Gymnasium.
The win marked the 100th of UAB head coach Audra Smith's career. Smith has spent all seven years of her head coaching career at the helm of the Blazers.
Colorado 70, Wyoming 58 – Box Score
LARAMIE, Wyo. -- Colorado stunned Wyoming 70-58 Thursday night in the third round of the WNIT, sending the Buffs into the tournament's quarterfinals at the Coors Events Center against Southern California.
CU (18-15) defeated UC-Riverside 71-62 and California 81-65 in the WNIT's first two rounds. Wyoming, losing in its Arena Auditorium for only the fourth time this season, ended its season at 24-9.
The Buffs' leading scorer was senior Brittany Spears with 23 including 19 in the first half. Sophomore Chucky Jeffery added 16 and freshman Brittany Wilson 15 for CU.
Illinois State 79, Duquesne 66 – Box Score
NORMAL, Ill. – Emily Hanley tied a career high with 24 points, 18 of which came in the second half, as Illinois State defeated Duquesne 79-66 on Thursday night on Doug Collins Court at Redbird Arena. The victory extended ISU’s home record this season to 16-0, and extended its all-time WNIT home record to 9-1.
For the third consecutive season, Illinois State advanced to the WNIT quarterfinal round. Shala Jackson poured in 21 points on 9-of-16 shooting, and Hannah Spanich contributed 14 points, highlighted by a 7-for-8 mark from the free-throw line.
Syracuse 72, Eastern Michigan 63 – Box Score
SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Junior guard Iasia Hemingway recorded her second consecutive double-double to lead Syracuse to a 72-63 victory against Eastern Michigan in the third round of the WNIT on Thursday. With the win, the Orange advances to the quarterfinals of the tournament against Toledo on Sunday, March 27.
Hemingway netted a career-high 29 points and tallied 10 rebounds in the contest. Senior guard Erica Morrow and sophomore center Kayla Alexander also recorded double-digit points in the win. Morrow registered 10 points and eight boards, while Alexander added 16 points of her own. Sophomore guard Elashier Hall led SU with 13 rebounds in the outing.
As a team, SU made use of costly EMU fouls, shooting 88.2 percent (15-17) for the game from the line. The Orange out-rebounded the Eagles 44-30 in the squad’s 42nd consecutive non-conference home victory.
Virginia 53, Boston College 48 – Box Score
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Virginia advanced to the Women’s National Invitation Tournament (WNIT) quarterfinals with a 53-48 victory against visiting Boston College Thursday night at John Paul Jones Arena.
With the victory, UVa improved to 19-15 and won its third consecutive game. Boston College finished its season with a 20-13 record. The ‘Hoos improved to 13-5 in John Paul Jones Arena this season and avenged a 73-50 loss to BC in the regular season on Feb. 20.
Junior guard Ariana Moorer scored 15 points to lead UVa, while freshman Ataira Franklin chipped in nine points and tied a career-high with 10 rebounds. Junior forward Chelsea Shine added eight points and eight boards.