Posted: 1:54 a.m. Friday, March 22, 2013
By Matt Sussman
Toledo 63, Butler 49
Brian's got ya covered. They'll host Youngstown State on Saturday afternoon, who they haven't played since 2008.
Bowling Green 76, SMU 70
Turnovers were a big problem for the Falcons (24!?) but they controlled the boards and after some wild first minutes, the Falcons had a nice little lead for most of the game. Jillian Halfhill led all scorers with 23 points on 7-10 shooting, Alexis Rogers added 16 points and Jill Stein and Miriam Justinger both had 10 points on 4-9 shooting. And the Falcons live to ride for another day; they'll play Duquesne on Saturday afternoon.
Duquesne 71, Akron 66
So much for a MAC rematch in the WNIT. The Zips held a 37-31 halftime lead but the Dukes kept the turnovers down and held on in the final seconds to escape with a win. Taylor Ruper's career ends with a 14-point night on 4-6 shooting from 3-point range. Hanna Luburgh scored an Akron-best 19 points while leading the team with nine rebounds, and they did a peerless job shooting 92 percent from the line (22-24). It just wasn't enough, and they won't get their first postseason win this year. It just wasn't Akron's night for any basketball team, supposedly.
Illinois 73, Miami (OH) 60
The RedHawks dug themselves into a hole and for the most part it was all Illini. Miami tried to rally, reducing an 18-point deficit to as little as three, but then UI responded in kind. It was a cold night from the 3-point arc (4-21) and they needed that to stay in it. The remarkable college careers of Courtney Osborn (19 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 blocks) and Kirsten Olowinski (8 points, 14 rebounds) come to a close, and it always sucks to have it end this way, but remember that most seniors lose their last game.
Friday: Ball State at Minnesota, 8 p.m. ET