Wright State, which leaned closely on its rebounding means in its first-round recreation, was unable to take care of that streak. The Missouri State senior Elle Ruffridge matched a profession excessive 20 factors within the 64-39 win.
Now, eyes are on Missouri State. And rightfully so.
“You haven’t seen any highlights from our game in the first round, and you didn’t see anything about us going into this game,” Missouri State Coach Amaka Agugua-Hamilton stated in a postgame interview. “The N.C.A.A. tweeted out Wright State’s picture. We handle a lot of disrespect, but it just fuels our fire.”
Agugua-Hamilton has already made historical past. She’s Missouri State’s first Black feminine coach of any sport; that is her first postseason.
Proper earlier than Missouri State put the sport away, Maryland joined UConn and Baylor within the 100-point membership with a 100-64 rout of seventh-seeded Alabama. This will likely be Maryland’s 14th look within the spherical of 16.
The Crimson Tide’s Jasmine Walker led all scorers with 23 factors, however 5 Terps scored in double figures, led by 19 from the freshman Angel Reese, who injured her foot in her fourth recreation of the season. Religion Masonius, a sophomore, had a career-high 16 factors.
“In an ironic way, when Angel got hurt, it allowed a lot of players to develop their plays,” Maryland Coach Brenda Frese stated in a postgame interview. “Now, the longer we’ve played, it’s allowed Angel to get back in the fold.”
On Tuesday, all of the No. 1 seeds — UConn, Stanford, South Carolina and North Carolina State — glided into their spots within the Candy 16 together with Iowa, Michigan, Georgia Tech and Baylor.
When the spherical of 16 begins Saturday, anticipate extra crowd noise. Paying spectators will likely be allowed in particular person on the Alamodome, the place the rest of the ladies’s match will likely be performed at as much as 17 p.c capability.
Natalie Weiner and Marisa Ingemi contributed reporting.