The ladies’s NCAA Match turned rather a lot much less predictable with double-digit seeds pulling off a trifecta of upsets
After a gap day of prime seeds holding serve, the ladies’s NCAA Match turned rather less predictable Monday as double-digit seeds BYU, Belmont and Wright State superior.
No. 11 BYU received issues began with a 69-66 victory over sixth-seeded Rutgers for the match’s first upset. Wright State, seeded thirteenth, adopted a short while later by eliminating No. 4 seed Arkansas 66-62.
Belmont, a twelfth seed, received its first NCAA recreation, beating fifth-seeded Gonzaga 64-59.
All three groups shook issues up after the favorites went an ideal 16-0 to start the Texas-based match on Sunday.
The most important stunner might have been BYU, one of many final groups — if not the final — to get an at-large bid into the sphere of 64. They usually have been matched up in opposition to Rutgers, led by Corridor of Fame coach C. Vivian Stringer, who has led the Scarlet Knights to 17 NCAA appearances in 26 seasons.
But, Paisley Johnson Harding scored 28 factors and the Cougars saved their poise down the stretch to succeed in the second spherical in consecutive tournaments. BYU will face third-seeded Arizona State for a spot within the Candy 16.
“Coming into the NCAA Match, we simply wished to show ourselves, and to everybody, to the nation, that we have been going to struggle and never let down and that we deserved to be within the NCAA Match,” WCC participant of the yr Shaylee Gonzales stated.
The Cougars have been crushed within the WCC title recreation on a last-second shot by Gonzaga. The Zags, although, misplaced to Belmont, which was 0-5 in its NCAA Match historical past.
The Bruins have been the primary Ohio Valley Convention ladies’s staff to win an NCAA Match recreation since 1990.
Belmont guard Destinee Wells scored 25 factors to guide her staff right into a second-round matchup with No. 4 seed Indiana.
“I got here right here to win championships and to make historical past, and we did that at present,” Wells stated. “I’m glad to see it’s paying off, all of the laborious work we put in over the season. We’ve been by means of rather a lot.”
Wright State, the Horizon League Match champions, figured to have little probability in opposition to offensive juggernaut Arkansas, which averaged 83 factors a recreation to guide the Southeastern Convention. The Razorbacks additionally had dynamic star Chelsea Dungee and had defeated UConn and Baylor this season on the best way to the NCAAs.
But, the Raiders weren’t intimidated.
Wright State took an early lead after which rallied after Arkansas went in entrance within the last minutes. Angel Baker’s 3-pointer with 29.1 seconds gave Wright State the lead for good as a thirteenth seed received a match recreation for the primary time since 2012.
It was additionally Wright State’s first ever NCAA win in three journeys to the match. The Raiders will play No. 4 seed Missouri State within the subsequent spherical after the most important upset of the primary two days of the match.
“We stepped as much as the problem,” Baker stated.
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