TEMPLE 80, N.C. STATE 79 (OT)
Sophomore Feyonda Fitzgerald hit an off-balanced bank shot with a under a second remaining, sending the Owls to the WNIT quarterfinals last night at McGonigle Hall.
Fitzgerald's bucket completed late comebacks for the Owls at both the end of regulation and the end of overtime. Temple (19-16) trailed by seven at the half before rallying to tie the game early in the second stanza. After the Owls fell behind late in regulation, junior Erica Covile's lay-up sent the game into OT where Fitzgerald won it for Temple.
Five players scored in double figures for Temple, led by 17 points from freshman Tanaya Atkinson and 16 from classmate Alliya Butts. Fitzgerald finished with 15 points, eight of which came in the overtime period, while adding five boards. Senior Tyonna Williams chipped in with 12 points, while Covile added 11 points and a team-high six rebounds.
VILLANOVA 63, ST. JOHN'S 55
The Wildcats advanced to the quarterfinals of the WNIT and will travel to Morgantown, W.Va., on Sunday, March 29 for a 2 p.m. matchup with the Mountaineers.
The game was tied at 40 with 9:06 remaining in regulation when the Wildcats went on a 13-2 run to take a 53-42 lead at the 4:50 mark. After senior center Emily Leer made a three-pointer to give Villanova a 43-40 lead, neither team was able to score for the next 1:36. St. John's broke the scoreless streak when Amber Thompson scored on a driving lay-up, making it a 43-42 game.
On Villanova's next possession, junior guard Katherine Coyer scored on a lay-up off a backdoor cut to give her team a 45-42 advantage. Following a St. John's turnover, Villanova freshman guard Alex Louin drained a triple from straight away and Villanova held a 48-42 lead with 6:36 to play. Junior guard Caroline Coyer's three-ball from the left wing made it a 53-42 lead.