South Alabama 54, Furman 53
The South Alabama Jaguars (21-12) topped the Furman Paladins (18-14) Monday night in a 54-53 barn burner. The Jags trailed at the end of the first quarter 12-10 but fought back to take a five-point lead at the half, 30-25.
However, Furman outscored South Alabama in the third quarter 12-8 to get within one point heading into the last ten minutes. Since the teams scored 16 points each in the fourth quarter, Alabama’s slim margin heading into the period was enough of a cushion to give them the win.
“We came out and played pretty good defense most of the night and were able to finish at the end on both ends of the floor,” South Alabama head coach Terry Fowler said. “This time of year, you're just trying to survive and advance, so we're moving on.”
Senior center Chyna Ellis led the Jags with 17 points and nine rebounds. Savannah Jones added 12 points and six rebounds.
Furman had three players in double figures led by freshman forward Celena Taborn who put up 18 points and pulled down four rebounds.
The Jags head to the snowy Northeast to meet Yale on Saturday evening at 5 p.m. EST for a semifinal matchup.
Central Arkansas 82, Weber State 67
Central Arkansas (24-9) put away their visitors from Utah Monday night and earned an 87-67 win over Weber State (21-11) in the WBI second round. With five players scoring in double figures, the Sugar Bears were too much offensively for the Wildcats.
"I'm happy with this win” Central Arkansas head coach Sandra Rushing. said “I thought our offense in the first half was really, really good. We got stagnant in the second half, but I liked our effort.”
Junior guard Kamry Orr lead all scorers with 25 points for Central Arkansas. Senior center Kierra Jordan contributed 16 points and 6 rebounds, while senior forward Taylor Baudoin had 14 points and junior guard Antonija Bozic 11. Sophomore guard Taylor Sells came close to a triple double, scoring 10 points and earning career highs of 8 rebounds and 8 assists.
Four Weber State players were in double figures led by senior guard Larryn Brooks who put up 16 points and pulled down four rebounds. Fellow senior guard Kailie Quinn was close behind with 15 points.
Central Arkansas is set to host Nevada on Saturday in the semifinals at 5 p.m .CST.
Nevada 86, Fresno State 74
The Nevada Wolf Pack (19-16) earned a trip to the WBI semifinals with an 86-74 road win over the Fresno State Bulldogs (17-15) Tuesday night during the second round of the tournament.
With a career-high 34 points from senior guard T Moe, Nevada was able to keep Fresno State at bay in a game that came down to made free throws. Nevada was 21-of-25 from the line (84 percent) while Fresno State only got to the line nine times with just five going in the bucket.
Senior forward Teige Zeller added 13 points plus nine rebounds for Nevada. Sophomore guard Camariah King was also in double figures with 11 points.
While Fresno State junior guard Candice White scored a whopping 40 points for her squad, it was not enough to get the Bulldogs a win to advance. Freshman guard Aly Gamez added 17 points and five rebounds for Fresno State.
Nevada will travel to Central Arkansas for a semifinal matchup on Saturday.
Yale 70, Binghamton 64
The Yale Bulldogs earned their second road win in the Women’s Basketball Invitational Tuesday night, beating Binghamton 70-64. With the victory against Binghamton (20-11), Yale (17-13) tied the program record for wins in a season and move into the WBI semifinals.
The leading scorer for the Bulldogs, first-year guard Tori Andrew, tied her career-high of 16 points.
"That kid is a shooter, and when she's on, she's on," Yale head coach Allison Guth said of the underclassman. "We're excited she's finding this consistency in the post-season. She had some really key threes when we needed them."
Yale jumped out ahead early and led 16-10 at the onset of the second quarter. At the break, the Bulldogs had a 37-20 lead.
Yale junior forward Alexandra Maund added a career-high 14 points, along with 12 rebounds. Senior guard Tamara Simpson and sophomore guard Roxy Barahman were also in double figures with 11 points and four rebounds each.
The America East Player of the Year, Imani Watkins, paced Binghamton with 23 points and seven rebounds. Junior forward Rebecca Carmody added 17 points and eight rebounds.
Yale continues play on Saturday, hosting South Alabama in New Haven at 5 p.m. EST.
WBI Final Four Schedule
Saturday, March 24th
South Alabama at Yale, Sat. 5 p.m. EST
Nevada at Central Arkansas, 5 p.m. CST