Now, eyes are on Missouri State. And rightfully so.
“You haven’t seen any highlights from our sport within the first spherical, and also you didn’t see something about us going into this sport,” Missouri State Coach Amaka Agugua-Hamilton stated in a postgame interview. “The N.C.A.A. tweeted out Wright State’s image. We deal with a whole lot of disrespect, nevertheless it simply fuels our hearth.”
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 might 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 sport of the season. Religion Masonius, a sophomore, had a career-high 16 factors.
“In an ironic means, when Angel obtained harm, it allowed a whole lot of gamers to develop their performs,” Maryland Coach Brenda Frese stated in a postgame interview. “Now, the longer we’ve performed, it’s allowed Angel to get again within 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. Three spots had but to be stuffed as of early Wednesday evening.
When the spherical of 16 begins Saturday, anticipate extra crowd noise. Paying spectators might be allowed in individual on the Alamodome, the place the rest of the ladies’s event might be performed at as much as 17 p.c capability.
Natalie Weiner and Marisa Ingemi contributed reporting.