Washington U. ends Denison’s run
Schweers ties NCAA 3-point record in Christopher Newport win
Washington U. 71, Denison 55 -- Full Recap
HOLLAND, Mich. – No. 12 Washington University in St. Louis handed No. 10 Denison its first loss of the season in a 71-55 victory in the opening round of the 2011 NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Tournament on Friday night at the DeVos Fieldhouse.
Washington University, which is making its NCAA Division III record 22nd-consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament, never trailed against the Big Red as it won its ninth-consecutive NCAA Tournament opener. The Bears also stretched their Division III record postseason win total to 56, and improved to 56-18 (.757) all-time in postseason action.
Seniors Alex Hoover and Kathryn Berger led the way for Washington University, scoring 11 points apiece. Berger increased her career scoring tally to 1,074 moving past Jaimie McFarlin for 11th place in school history.
Christopher Newport 81, York (Pa.) -- Full Recap
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. -- The 11th ranked Christopher Newport Captains (26-3) advanced to the NCAA second round with an 81-52 victory against York (Pa.) College (16-13) on Friday. Led by a record-setting performance from senior Chelsie Schweers, the Captains advanced to host Johns Hopkins (22-5) in the second round on Saturday at 5 p.m.
Schweers scored a Christopher Newport NCAA record 33 points in the win and became the Captains' all-time leading scorer in school history, including men's and women's basketball. She passed assistant coach Lamont Strothers' previous mark of 2,709 points and finished the game with 2,728. Her 33-point performance tied Misty Hart's NCAA-high point total for CNU, set in 1998.
The Chesapeake native did not stop there, though, as she knocked down another CNU NCAA record seven 3-pointers, and tied the all-time NCAA women's basketball record for all divisions, with 397 3-pointers. She tied Melissa Beyruti of Kean University atop the list as the NCAA women's basketball all-time best 3-point shooter.
Louisiana 61, Chapman 60 -- Full Recap
ORANGE, Calif. – A pair of free throws by junior Shasidy Ludgood with 2.8 seconds remaining gave Louisiana College a 61-60 win against Chapman in the first round of the NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Tournament on Friday night at the Hutton Center. Louisiana College (25-3) captured its first-ever playoff win and advances to face George Fox (23-5) on Saturday night in second-round action.
Prior to knocking down the game-winning free throws, Ludgood had been 2 for 6 from the line.
Chapman (22-6) looked as if it was going to pull out the win when junior Brandi Hood put the Panthers ahead 60-59 with a layup off an assist from senior Christina Ly with 5.5 seconds remaining. On the ensuing possession, a foul was called against Chapman as it attempted to full-court press, which put Ludgood at the line.
Mount Union 69, Wisconsin-Whitewater 55 -- Full Recap
CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky. -- Nationally ranked Mount Union defeated Wisconsin-Whitewater 69-55 to win an NCAA Tournament first-round game at Thomas More's Connor Center on Friday.
The Purple Raiders (26-3), who are ranked 14th by ESPN/USA Today and 16th by D3Hoops.com, pulled away with a late 10-point run. They will play their second-round contest on Saturday at 7 p.m. against Friday's winner between No. 1-ranked Thomas More (Ky.)/Piedmont (Ga.).
Rosa LaMattina finished with 17 points and Kori Wiedtcontributed 13 points.
With 12:25 left in the game, Wiedt buried a 3-pointer, putting Mount Union in the lead for good. Amanda Rose followed with a layup and LaMattina buried a trey of her own, completing an 8-0 run to widen the Raider lead to 44-37.
Mount Saint Mary 73, Emmanuel 50 -- Full Recap
BRUNSWICK, Maine -- Mount Saint Mary College have five players in double figures in a 73-50 victory against Emmanuel College in the first round of the NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Tournament on Friday evening at Bowdoin College. The Knights, who received a game-high 21 points from Amanda Horvers, advance to Saturday's second round against the winner of Bowdoin and Salve Regina.
Emmanuel finished its season with a record of 21-8.
Horvers netted five 3-pointers and grabbed seven rebounds while posting 21 points while Jen Mocanu added 18 points in the win.
Eastern Connecticut State 75, Baruch 65 -- Full Recap
AMHERST, Mass. – Eastern Connecticut State used a 12-point, second-half run to pull away for a 75-65 win against Baruch on Friday evening in an NCAA Division III Women’s Basketball Tournament first-round game in LeFrak Gymnasium. The Warriors improved to 21-8 and will take on either Amherst or Husson on Saturday at 6 p.m. in Amherst, while the Bearcats end their season with a 23-6 record.
The Warriors trailed by 10 early in the second half but closed the game on a 31-12 run. Tanisha Carter had 20 points and 19 rebounds as one of four Eastern Connecticut players to finish in double-figure scoring. The Bearcats also had four players in double figures, with Jessica Duleba totaling team highs in points (16) and rebounds (9).
Western Connecticut State 65, Messiah 44 -- Full Recap
UNION, N.J. -- Western Connecticut State, behind 18-point performances from senior Melissa Teel and Karli Spera, defeated Messiah College 65-44 in the first round of the 2011 NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Championships at Harwood Arena on the campus of Kean University on Friday night.
WestConn advances to play the winner of the Kean/Vassar first-round game on Saturday night at 6 p.m. at the Cougars' arena.
The Colonials, now 24-3 and one win away from the Sweet 16 and a school-record 25 wins, shot 54 percent (26 of 48) from the field. Spera connected on 8 of 12 attempts while Teel hit 7 of 13 shots.
Babson 78, Medaille 58 -- Full Recap
GENESEO, N.Y. -- Babson advanced to the second round of the NCAA Division III Women’s Basketball Tournament with a 78-58 win against Medaille in the Carl Schrader Gymnasium at SUNY Geneseo on Friday.
Junior Kathleen King scored 13 of her game-high 20 points in the second half and added a career-high 19 rebounds to post her 12th double-double of the season to lead Babson (28-0). Junior Nicki Wurdeman had her 10th double-double of the year with 18 points and 10 boards for the Beavers and senior Damisi Adewumi scored 12 of her 19 points in the first half as Babson shot a blistering 32-58 (55.2 percent) for the contest.
Babson used a 10-2 run early in the first half to take a 14-6 lead with 15:11 remaining on a 3-point field goal by Adewumi. The Beavers led by as many as 21 points in the first stanza at 41-20 on a layup by senior Amanda Grammel with 1:27 to play and settled for a 41-24 lead at the intermission.
Chicago 76, Hanover 62 -- Full Recap
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- Junior Meghan Herrick scored a game-high 25 points to lift fifth-ranked Chicago to a 76-62 win against No. 25 Hanover in the opening round of the 2011 NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Tournament on Friday night at Calvin College.
Herrick tallied 19 points in the first half as Chicago (23-3) built a 44-27 advantage at the intermission. Her jumper at the 11:45 mark gave the Maroons their first double-digit lead of the night at 18-8.
Junior Joann Torres' basket capped a 13-2 Chicago run to start the second half, putting the Maroons on top 57-29 with 13:06 to play.
The Maroons took their largest lead of the evening, 63-33, on a pair of free throws from junior Morgan Herrick at the 8:25 mark. She finished the night with 13 points.
Amherst 102, Husson 44 -- Full Recap
AMHERST, Mass. – Amherst continued its postseason run with a 102-44 win against Husson University on Friday evening in the NCAA Division III Women’s Basketball Tournament opening round. The Lord Jeffs improved to 27-1 and will host Eastern Connecticut State University (21-8) on Saturday at 6 p.m. in LeFrak Gymnasium.
The Eagles, who were making their third NCAA Tournament appearance, closed out their season with a 16-12 mark. Husson won 10 of its final 12 games and will begin the 2011-12 season as defending champion of the North Atlantic Conference.
Jaci Daigneault led all players with 23 points to help Amherst increase its home winning streak to 46 games and its overall unbeaten streak to 14. The Lord Jeffs, who were facing Husson for the first time in program history, are now 12-4 all-time in NCAA Tournament play.
Thomas More 53, Piedmont 44 -- Full Recap
CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky. -- No. 1-ranked Thomas More survived a second-half rally by Piedmont to win 53-44 on Friday in a first-round game of the NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Tournament at the Connor Convocation Center.
With the win, the Saints improved to 29-0 and advanced to play No. 16-ranked Mount Union on Saturday night at 7 p.m. With the loss, the Lions ended the season at 20-9.
Thomas More jumped out to a 10-2 lead when sophomore guard Chelsea Tolliver made a 3-pointer with 15:05 to play in the opening half. Piedmont answered with four points to cut the lead to 10-6 at the 12:10 mark when Laura Simmons made a jumper. The Saints closed out the half on a 21-8 run to take a 31-14 lead at halftime when freshman guard Katie Kitchen made a lay-up with 31 seconds to play in the half.
Calvin 73, La Roche 37 -- Full Recap
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- Calvin used its home court to its advantage in cruising to a 73-37 victory against La Roche in a first-round NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Tournament game on Friday night at Van Noord Arena. Making its 13th appearance in the Division III tournament, Calvin led 35-8 at halftime and never looked back in improving to 15-12 all-time in tournament play.
Sophomore center Carissa Verkaik just missed a triple-double with 19 points, 11 rebounds and nine blocked shots. She picked up her 33rd career double-double in the process including her 13th of the season. Sophomore Ally Wolffis added 10 points for the Knights, who outrebounded La Roche 54-37. Junior Courtney Kurncz also matched a career-high in rebounds with 10 boards.
Making its first-ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament, La Roche (23-5) picked up 14 points off the bench from Cassie Cygan. La Roche also received eight points and six rebounds from Jessica Pitts.
Howard Payne 84, Lewis and Clark 66 -- Full Recap
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – Howard Payne held Lewis and Clark to just 18 percent shooting in the second half before earning an 84-66 victory in the first round of the 2011 NCAA III Women’s Basketball Tournament hosted at Coe College.
The HPU Lady Jackets (22-7 overall) torched the nets in the first half, shooting 18 of 31 from the field for 58 percent. They were also 7 of 11 (63 percent) from behind the arc in the first half.
With HPU leading 48-32 at halftime, the Lady Jackets slowly extended the lead against Lewis and Clark (21-7 overall), pushing it out to 84-64 with 1:15 left on free throws by Kayla Scott.
Colby 58, Stevens Institute 48 -- Full Recap
WAYNE, N.J. – Colby held Stevens without a field goal for almost 13 minutes, outscoring the Ducks 28-4 during that span to earn a 58-48 victory in the first round of the 2011 NCAA Division III Women’s Basketball Tournament on March 4 at the William Paterson University Recreation Center.
The Mules (22-5) advanced to the second round on Saturday, March 5, at 6 p.m. at the Rec Center, and will play No. 17/19 William Paterson (25-3), which was an 81-47 winner against Keuka (24-3) in the night’s other first-round contest.
Both teams experienced some early jitters, combining for 30 turnovers and just 12 field goals made during the game’s first 20 minutes. Six lead changes and three ties marked the first half, with neither team owning more than a six-point edge until the last minute.
George Fox 53, Occidental 46 -- Full Recap
ORANGE, Calif. – Hannah Munger and Keisha Gordon combined for 39 points, leading the George Fox University to a 53-46 win against the Occidental Tigers in the first round of the NCAA Division III Women’s Basketball Tournament at Chapman University’s Hutton Sports Center.
With their 12th consecutive win, the Northwest Conference champion Bruins (23-5) advanced to the second round to play Saturday at 7 p.m. against the winner of Friday’s second game between host Chapman and Louisiana College. The Tigers from the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, making their second NCAA Tournament appearance, had an eight-game winning streak snapped and finished their season at 19-9.
George Fox never trailed in the game, jumping out to 7-2 lead in the first two minutes on a 3-pointer by Gordon and two baskets by Munger, the Bruins’ All-NWC first-team duo. A jumper by Makenzie Brandon and two free throws by Stephanie Scamman brought the Tigers within one at 7-6 with 16:22 left, but that was as close as they would come.
Greensboro 83, Saint Vincent (Pa.) 66 -- Full Recap
HUNTINGDON, Pa. -- Red-hot 3-point shooting by Greensboro, including a 4-for-4 effort by guard Andrienne Terrell, lifted The Pride to an 83-66 win against Saint Vincent (Pa.) in Friday night's NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Tournament first-round game at Juniata College's Kennedy Sports + Recreation Center.
Terrell and Danielle Duncan each finished with 20 points for Greensboro, who improved to 27-2 and advance into Saturday's second-round game against Juniata (Pa.). Guard Chevana Pickard tacked on 17 points while Nikki Wilborn had 12 points with seven assists.
Duncan also grabbed a team-high seven rebounds, while Terrell also dished out seven assists.
Greensboro shot a white-hot 55.1 percent (27 of 49) from the field, including a 10 of 17 mark (58.8 percent) from 3-point range. The Pride took care of business at the line as well, connecting on 19 of 22 free throw attempts on the night.
UW-Stevens Point 79, St. Norbert 69 -- Full Recap
STEVENS POINT, Wis. -- UW-Stevens Point advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament with a 79-69 win against St. Norbert on Friday night at the Berg Gymnasium.
Britta Petersen scored 20 points and Andrea Flease finished with a game-high 14 assists to lead the Pointers. Flease’s 14 assists were one shy of the Pointers' single-game record.
The Pointers (26-2) opened the game with a 9-0 start. They then built the lead to 13 points at 27-14 with 7:53 left in the first half. St. Norbert then used a full timeout to try and slow the Pointers' momentum. The timeout worked well for the Green Knights as they posted a 19-9 run to close out the half. The Pointers led 36-33 after 20 minutes of play.
Cassie Bandow scored 11 of her 15 points in the opening half as she made all five shots from the floor. Petersen had 10 points in the opening half, while Flease had nine of her 14 assists.
William Patterson 81, Keuka 47 -- Full Recap
WAYNE, N.J. – Junior forward April Smith scored her 1,000th career point as No. 17/19 William Paterson cruised past Keuka for an 81-47 victory in the first round of the 2011 NCAA Division III Women’s Basketball Tournament on March 4 at the William Paterson University Recreation Center.
The Pioneers (25-3) advanced to the second round on Saturday, March 5, at 6 p.m. at the Rec Center. It will play Colby (22-5), a 58-48 winner against Stevens (21-7) in the other-first round contest played in Wayne.
William Paterson wasted no time in seizing control of the contest, using 3-pointers by junior BriAnna Lucas and freshman Floriana Borova during its first two possessions, followed by a Smith putback of a miss for her milestone points, giving WPC an early 8-2 edge just 1:26 into the game.
Lebanon Valley 83, Neumann 68 -- Full Recap
ANNVILLE, Pa. – A strong second half by No. 17 Lebanon Valley sent the Dutchmen to an 83-68 win against Neumann on Friday evening in the NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Tournament first round. Five players scored in double digits to record the program's first NCAA win.
Suzie Noyes led the squad with 18 points and five steals, while Andrea Hoover added 17 points and seven assists. Tierney Hiltz (14), Caitlin Back (13), and Liz Borgia (12) rounded out the scoring for LVC. Seven players grabbed two or more rebounds, led by eight from Bach.
The Knights were paced by 24 points and 15 rebounds from Katie Young. Erica Marvel dished out 18 points and Bethany Humenik scored 10 points for Neumann.
Wisconsin Lutheran 73, Wisconsin-La Crosse 59 -- Full Recap
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – Senior Erika Laete scored a game-high 21 points and junior Rachel Johnson added 20 to lead Wisconsin Lutheran to a 73-59 win against Wisconsin-La Crosse in the first round of the 2011 NCAA Division III Women’s Basketball Tournament on Friday at the Shirk Center.
The Warriors (26-3) advanced to Saturday’s NCAA Tournament second round where they will face regional host Illinois Wesleyan at 7 p.m. at the Shirk Center. The Titans (24-4) advanced by defeating Webster (17-11) by a 82-70 margin in Friday’s other first-round matchup. WLC and IWU have never met on the hardwood.
Wisconsin Lutheran never trailed in the game, jumping out to an early 8-2 lead at the 16:26 mark. WLC led by a first-half high nine points twice, at 22-13 and 28-19, before heading into the locker room in front by seven points, 28-21.
Simpson 59, Concordia-Moorhead 56 -- Full Recap
STEVENS POINT, Wis. -- Stacey Schutjer finished with 16 points and 20 rebounds, Mindy Hutchcroft hit a pair of clutch free throws and Simpson held on for a 59-56 win against Concordia-Moorhead in the first round of the NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Tournament on Friday at Berg Gymnasium.
With Simpson leading 57-56 and less than 30 seconds left in the game, Concordia's Brittany Jossart came up short on a layup attempt and Kate Nielsen brought down the rebound. Nielsen missed the front end of the 1-and-1 but Hutchcroft grabbed the offensive board with 14 seconds left.
Hutchcroft was fouled, hit both free throws and Concordia missed two 3-point attempts which would have tied the game in the final possession.
Muhlenberg 64, Williams 63 -- Full Recap
ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- With the clock winding low, Alexandra Chili threw up a shot from deep in the corner and as has happened many times during her career, the shot rattled home. But unlike those other shots, this 3-pointer with 1.0 second remaining gave the Muhlenberg a thrilling 64-63 win against Williams and moved the Mules on to the second round of the NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Tournament for the fourth time in school history.
Muhlenberg (22-5) advanced to face host Rochester, a 70-52 winner against Daniel Webster, at 7 p.m. on Saturday for a berth in the Sweet 16.
It was the third last-second game-winner of Chili’s career, but it was the first one to come in a make-or-go-home situation.
Bowdoin 74, Salve Regina 64 -- Full Recap
BRUNSWICK, Maine -- Bowdoin used a balanced attack to defeat Salve Regina 74-64 in the opening round of the NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Tournament on Friday evening at Morrell Gymnasium. The Polar Bears (23-5) advanced to the second round on Saturday where they will face Mount Saint Mary at 7 p.m. Salve Regina ends its season with a record of 25-4.
Nicole Coombes paced the Polar Bears with 16 points and five boards off the bench while Kaitlin Donahoe posted 13 points, nine assists and seven caroms. Amy Hackett and Colleen Sweeney each had 13 points and Alex Barry chipped in 10 points and 10 boards for the hosts.
Erin Phillips led all scorers with 22 points and eight rebounds for Salve Regina. The Seahawks also received 15 points off the bench from Lindsay Shorey.
Illinois Wesleyan 82, Webster 70 -- Full Recap
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. -- Sophomore Melissa Gardner came off the bench to score 19 points and hit five 3-pointers to pace the Illinois Wesleyan to an 82-70 win against Webster in the first round of the NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Tournament at the Shirk Center.
The Titans, who improved to 24-4 with the victory, now host 26-3 Wisconsin Lutheran at 7 p.m. on Saturday in an NCAA second-round game. The Warriors posted a 73-59 win against Wisconsin-La Crosse in the other first round game at the Shirk Center.
Junior Olivia Lett contributed 18 points and senior Stacey Arlis made all six of her field goal attempts, scoring 13 points. Senior Hope Schulte added 11 points.
Illinois Wesleyan held a solid rebound edge of 30-21, led by six each from Lett, Arlis and junior Karen Solari. The Gorloks committed 25 turnovers to 20 for IWU.
Coe 78, Minnesota-Morris 53 -- Full Recap
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- A tough Kohawk defense kept one of the nation's most powerful offenses in check Friday night, as Coe beat Minnesota-Morris 78-53 in the first round of the NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Tournament. Coe will face Howard Payne Saturday for a berth in the Sweet 16.
In their last outing, the Kohawks opened the game 1 of 14 from the field. That changed Friday, as Coe hit its first four shot attempts.
Senior Devvin Rolston scored the first bucket of the game, but Minnesota-Morris answered with a 3-pointer by Steph Roggenbuck. The Kohawks then fired off seven consecutive points in just 1:12, taking a 9-3 lead and never looking back.
Juniata 62, Galluadet 45 -- Full Recap
HUNTINGDON, Pa. -- Juniata held the lead against Gallaudet from start to finish as it stormed through the first round of the NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Tournament, defeating the Bison 62-45 on Friday night at the Kennedy Sports + Recreation Center.
The win sends Juniata (22-6) into Saturday's second-round game against Greensboro College (27-2), with tip-off scheduled for 5:30 p.m. at the Kennedy Sports + Recreation Center. The Pride were 83-66 winners against Saint Vincent College in Friday's opening first-round game.
Junior guard Ashton Bankos drained a 3-pointer off the opening tip, and made her second of the opening minute following a jumper by Gallaudet forward Easter Faafiti. Eagle guard Jordan Speck knocked down another 3, and took advantage of a Bison turnover to get the layup - all of which left Juniata holding an 11-2 lead barely 2:30 into the contest.
Randolph-Macon 80, Bridgewater State 69 -- Full Recap
ANNVILLE, Pa. -- Led by Taylor Wieczorek's 27 points and 15 rebounds, Randolph-Macon defeated Bridgewater State 80-69 in the NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Tournament first round on Friday night. The Yellow Jackets will now face Lebanon Valley on Saturday, March 5 at 7 p.m.
Wieczorek led all players in scoring and rebounds, including six on the offensive end. Molly Brown finished with 14 points and seven boards while Maggie Roy dropped in 10 points.
The Yellow Jackets shot 47.8 percent on 32 of 67 shooting from the floor and 12 for 14 from the free throw line while holding Bridgewater State to 38 percent shooting. R-MC also held a 44-39 edge on the glass.
Hope 77, DePauw 65 -- Full Recap
HOLLAND, Mich. -- An early tournament showdown between last year's national finalists was assured Friday as both Hope and Washington-St. Louis won their first-round game in NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Tournament being held at Hope's DeVos Fieldhouse. The defending national champion Washington U. Bears won the night's opener against previously undefeated Denison 71-55 and Hope followed with a 77-65 victory agianst DePauw.
Hope led by six points at halftime, 39-33. DePauw scored the first two points of the second half, but Hope responded with an eight-point run and expanded it to a 21-point lead, 58-37, just six minutes into the second half.
Kean 80, Vassar 49 -- Full Recap
UNION, N.J. – Senior forward Tiffany Patrick had 20 points, nine rebounds and four steals to lead Kean to an 80-49 win against Vassar in the opening round of the NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Tournament on Friday evening.
Patrick, who hit 9 of 14 shots from the floor, also became the fourth player in school history to grab 1,000 career boards in the Cougars' (23-4) win.
For the Brewers (16-12), who were making their first appearance in the NCAA tournament, junior guard Brittany Parks had a team-high 18 points.
Johns Hopkins 76, Richard Stockton 68 -- Full Recap
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Senior Lyndsay Burton poured in a career-high 31 points to lead Johns Hopkins past Richard Stockton 76-68 in the opening round of the NCAA Divisoin III Women's Basketball Tournament on Friday evening at the Freeman Center on the campus of Christopher Newport University.
The win marks the first NCAA Tournament victory for the Blue Jays since 2004. Hopkins will face 12th-ranked Christopher Newport, an 81-62 winner against York (Pa.) in the other first-round game at CNU on Friday night.
Burton proved why she was named the Centennial Conference Player of the Year as she torched the Ospreys with a wide array of short jumpers and post moves on her way to her second career-high scoring output in the last three games. Her 31 points also ties the JHU NCAA Tournament single-game scoring record, set by Julie Anderson in 1998.
Rochester 70, Daniel Webster 52 -- Full Recap
ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Jodie Luther and Michelle Ketcham combined for 12 points in a span of six minutes as Rochester took command and rolled past Daniel Webster 70-52 in the opening round of the NCAA Division III Women’s Basketball Tournament at the Louis Alexander Palestra.
Luther and Ketcham finished with 14 points apiece for Rochester. The Yellowjackets improved to 21-5 and moved into the second round where it will host Muhlenberg, which edged Williams 64-63. The winner of Saturday's game advances to the Sweet 16.
Geneseo 62, DeSales 51 -- Full Recap
GENESEO, N.Y. -- The Geneseo Blue Knights (26-3) advanced to the second round of the NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Tournament with a 62-51 win against DeSales (19-9) in the Carl Schrader Gymnasium on Friday.
Senior Khadija Campbell scored 13 of her 15 points in the first half and sophomore Melissa Graham added 13 points, seven rebounds and four assists, including 5 of 6 from the line in the final 47 seconds to pace the Blue Knights. Senior Alyssa Polosky contributed 11 points, six rebounds and three blocks and Geneseo held the Bulldogs to 2 of 18 shooting from beyond the arc.
In the first half, Geneseo opened a 9-2 lead during the first 3:32, capped by a layup by Campbell. The Knights extended their lead to 11 points on a pair of free throws by Polosky with 8:36 to go before gaining the 13-point bulge at intermission.