WBI Day 1 Round 1 Recap

WBI Day 1 Round 1 Recap

Wednesday, March 20

Appalachian State 57, UNC Asheville 55

With a 57-55 win over UNC Asheville (17-15) in the first round of the WBI, Appalachian State (19-14) garnered the program’s first postseason win since 2012 and the first-ever postseason tournament win for head coach Angel Elderkin. With three players in double figures, the Mountaineers survived a nail-biting contest that was tied in the last 1:20. Appalachian State will host Marshall in the second round on Monday, March 25.

Leaders

Appalachian State

Madi Story 18 points

Ashley Polacek 16 points, 6 rebounds

Pre Stanley 15 points, 4 rebounds

Bayley Plummer 13 rebounds

UNC Asheville

Sonora Dengokl 21 points, 4 rebounds

Nadiria Evans 10 points

 

Marshall 67, Davidson 64

Marshall (17-14) held off Davidson (17-15) in the fourth quarter to earn a 67-64 victory Wednesday night. With an 18-5 run in the third quarter, Davidson entered the last period just one point behind Marshall.

The game went down to the wire as the Thundering Herd only outscored the Wildcats 17-15 and had to fight off a late-game UTRGV rally to come out on top.

Leaders

Marshall

Taylor Pearson 11 points, 9 rebounds

Khadaijia Brooks 15 points, 4 rebounds

Taylor Porter 11 points

Shayna Gore 19 points

Davidson

Kianna Speight 14 points, 5 rebounds

Justine Lyon 11 points, 7 rebounds

Sarah Donovan 7 points, 15 rebounds

 

North Texas 56, UTRGV 42

North Texas (15-15) dominated UTRGV (18-14) for three quarters to pull out a 56-42 win for the program’s first-ever postseason win. Led by junior Anisha George, North Texas earned an early lead and led 31-24 at the half. The Mean Green won the rebounding battle, 36-30, and forced 22 turnovers.

North Texas is set to host Utah State in the second round on Tuesday, March 26.

Leaders

North Texas

Anisha George 19 points

Callie Owens 10 points, 6 rebounds

Madi Townley 10 rebounds

UTRGV

Megan Johnson 17 points

Madison Northcutt 10 points, 6 rebounds

 

Utah State 68, UC Riverside 60

In the last game of the evening, Utah State (17-15) tallied its first postseason victory since 2010-11 with a 68-60 road triumph over UC Riverside (17-16). Led by junior guard/forward Shannon Dufficy, the Aggies held off UCR in the second half after the game was tied as 2:20 in the third quarter.

Dufficy had a banner night extending the Utah State record in single-season double-doubles to 19 and tied the career record of 31. She finished with a double-double of 20 points and 10 rebounds. The Aggies travel to Texas to face North Texas in the second round.

Leaders

Utah State

Shannon Dufficy 20 points, 10 rebounds

Eliza West 12 points, 9 assists, 4 steals

UTRGV

Marina Ewodo 14 points, 5 rebounds

Daphne Gnago 11 points, 15 rebounds