WNIT Daily Roundup
Toledo, Southern California head to WNIT title game
Toledo 83, Charlotte 60
TOLEDO, Ohio -- Toledo provided a sellout crowd and a national-television audience all it could ask for by cruising to an 83-60 victory against Charlotte in the WNIT semifinals on Wednesday evening.
With the lopsided 23-point triumph, the Rockets (28-8) will advance to the championship game against Southern Cal (24-12) at 3 p.m. on Saturday. The finals will again be televised nationally on CBS College Sports Network.
The 2010-11 Mid-American Conference champions shot an impressive 47.9 percent (34-of-71) from the field and 70.0 percent (7-of-10) from the charity stripe to extend their home win streak to 17-consecutive games, tied for third-longest in school history. Toledo also did a fantastic job taking care of the basketball and finished with 21 assists, compared to a season-low three turnovers.
Southern California 63, Illinois State 36
NORMAL, Ill. -- USC handed Illinois State its first home loss of the year as the road warrior Trojans clamped down defensively, hauled in their fourth consecutive road win and secured themselves a spot in the WNIT Championship game with a 63-36 win against the Redbirds.
Playing in Normal, Ill., in the WNIT semifinals, the Women of Troy got out ahead of the Redbirds early and kept them out of reach down the stretch in front of a crowd of over four thousand at Redbird Arena on Wednesday night. USC improves to 24-12 overall with the win, while Illinois State finishes 24-11 after their third consecutive WNIT semifinal appearance. USC will face Toledo in the WNIT Championship at 3 p.m. ET on Saturday in Toledo, Ohio.
USC silenced Illinois State from the floor for almost 10 full minutes to start the game as the Trojans built up a 16-1 lead on the Redbirds. ISU would pick up the scoring pace by the close of the half, however, improving to 36 percent from the floor in the first half to trail USC's 45 percent effort as the Trojans led 30-22 at halftime thanks in part to 11 first-half points from Jacki Gemelos.