WNIT Daily Roundup
Corral drains career-high seven 3-pointers for the Trojans
Southern Cal 87, Colorado 70
BOULDER, Colo. -- USC used the thin air to its advantage in Boulder, Colo., going 10-of-13 from 3-point land to pass up host Colorado for an 87-70 win in the WNIT Quarterfinals. Ashley Corral's hot hand at altitude hit a career-high seven 3-pointers for the Trojans on the way to a 32-point day by the junior guard. Her first career 30-point outing was the most points scored by a Trojan since 1997, and makes her just the third USC player to score 30 points or more in a postseason tournament game. USC improves to 23-12 overall.
USC was down at halftime and trailed by five in the second half on an early 3-pointer from Colorado's Brittany Spears - who finished with 36 points in the game. That would be the only field goal to fall for the Buffaloes in the first 10 minutes of the half, however, as the Trojans tightened up their defense and started pouring in the points to take a lead with 16:42 to go and keep cruising out of reach of their hosts.
Illinois State 60, Arkansas 49
NORMAL, Ill. -- Illinois State remains perfect at home, as the Redbirds defeated Arkansas 60-49 in the quarterfinal round of the Women's National Invitation Tournament (WNIT) Sunday afternoon on Doug Collins Court at Redbird Arena. Illinois State's home record improves to 17-0, and extends the all-time WNIT home record to 10-1.
Katie Broadway and Shala Jackson each netted 16 points, as Emily Hanley recorded a double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds. Kenyatta Shelton pulled down 11 boards with six of them being offensive rebounds. Illinois State shot 42.6 percent from the field, and Arkansas shot 26.6 percent. The Redbirds outrebounded the Razorbacks 47-36.
Toledo 71, Syracuse 68 (OT)
TOLEDO, Ohio -- Toledo overcame a 12-point halftime deficit and pulled off a thrilling 71-68 overtime victory against Syracuse on Sunday in the quarterfinals of the WNIT. Today's fourth-round postseason contest was played before a season-high 5,001 fans in Savage Arena, 10th-largest crowd in school history. With the extra-period triumph, the Rockets improve to 27-8 overall, equalling the single-season UT record for wins.
Junior Naama Shafir paced the Rockets in the come-from-behind win with 22 points, a career-high nine rebounds and four assists in a collegiate-best 42 minutes. The 2010-11 first-team All-MAC performer shot 6-of-14 from the field and 7-9 from the charity stripe to tally at least 20 points for a squad-best eighth time this season.