Here’s Part 1 of our roundup of Saturday’s action:
No. 12 seed FGCU Eagles over No. 5 seed Washington State Cougars, 74-63
FGCU takes 31.4 threes per game and is seventh in the nation in efficiency from beyond the arc (37.9 percent). Yet the Eagles attempted just 14 threes (12 fewer than Washington State) and won this game with 62.5 percent shooting from inside the arc.
Sha Carter made one of the Eagles’ five threes and finished with a game-high 24 points to go along with six rebounds. She was 10-of-13 from the field. Tishara Morehouse added a three and 16 points, while Maddie Antenucci was 3-of-3 from downtown with 11 points.
FGCU held Washington State star Charlisse Leger-Walker to five points on 2-of-10 shooting from the field. Tara Wallack led the Cougars with 16 points and 12 boards.
The Eagles used a 30-16 third to pull ahead and then held on despite the Cougars winning the fourth by two. FGCU led by four after one and trailed by one at the break.
No. 9 seed Miami Hurricanes over No. 8 seed Oklahoma State Cowgirls, 62-61
Naomie Alnatas threw up a scoop-shot prayer from a difficult angle as she was falling down and it bounced off the backboard, off the rim and to the floor with one second remaining, allowing Miami to hold on for the one-point win.
The Hurricanes came back from down 17 at the break and led 62-58 before an Anna Gret Asi bank-three cut it to one at five seconds to go. Miami was then called for a five-second violation, giving the Cowgirls the ball back.
Haley Cavinder was phenomenal for the winners with 16 points, eight rebounds and six assists. Gret Asi led OK State with 16 points to go along with three helpers.
The teams combined to take just 13 free throws.
No. 4 seed Tennessee Lady Volunteers over No. 13 seed Saint Louis Billikens, 95-50
Quite a big blowout for Tennessee in a sometimes vulnerable 4/13 matchup. Jordan Horston led the Lady Vols in points (21), rebounds (eight) and assists (four) and added two steals. Saint Louis was in the game early (only down 20-15 after one) and lost the third by just two (19-17). However, Tennessee used identical 28-9 performances in the second and fourth quarters to create a ton of separation. Brooke Flowers fought for 17 points, nine boards and five blocks in defeat.
The Lady Vols won field goal percentage 52.9 to 32.8 and held the Billikens to 3-of-20 from beyond the arc. They also won the battle on the glass 39-28 and the turnover margin by 10.
No. 2 seed UConn Huskies…
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