Freshman Alliya Butts hit a go-ahead three-pointer with 3:04 to play and sophomore Feyonda Fitzgerald scored the final 10 points of the game, as the Owls avenged an earlier loss to the Quakers (21-9), in the second round of the WNIT yesterday at the Palestra.

The Owls (18-16) advanced to the WNIT round of 16 for the first time since the 2011-12 season, and will play North Carolina State on Thursday (7 p.m.) at McGonigle Hall in the third round of the tournament.

Fitzgerald finished the game with a team-high 16 points, sinking all eight of her free throws in the final minute of play. She also added four assists and four rebounds.

Butts ended with 12 points, and junior Erica Covile had nine points and a team-high 13 rebounds, while also adding five steals and three assists. Sophomore Taylor Robinson had nine points in just 10 minutes of action, going 4-for-4 from the field.

Senior Tyonna Williams, with two threes, set the program record with 164 for her career.


The Wildcats had runs of 10-2 and 12-2 in the first half en route to a 41-28 halftime lead and led the rest of the way to capture the WNIT second-round game at the Pavilion.

Villanova (21-13) advances to the round of 16 and will host St. John's on Thursday at 7 p.m.

Emily Leer led the Wildcats with 23 points on 10-of-14 shooting, including a 3-for-7 from three-point range. Katherine Coyer had 13 points, and Caroline Coyer added 11 points.

Jennie Simms paced the Lady Monarchs (21-13) with a game-high 29 points on 10-for-20 shooting (5-for-7 from three). She also had seven rebounds, five assists and two steals. Tiffany Minor scored 12 points for ODU and Ashley Betz-White chipped in with 10.

The Wildcats improve to 13-2 at home this season and are 10-0 when scoring at least 70 points.