Missouri State got here away the winner on this battle of the mid-majors, beating again an upstart No. 13 seed, Wright State, that had simply accomplished the event’s greatest upset with a victory over No. 4-seeded Arkansas.
Elle Ruffridge, a 5-foot-Three senior guard, placed on a present with 20 factors, matching a profession excessive, as she made seven of her eleven shot makes an attempt from the ground. Jasmine Franklin helped the Girl Bears management the glass along with her 11 rebounds, surpassing her season common of 10 boards per sport, whereas Wright State struggled to ascertain the rebounding that had fueled its first-round upset. Missouri State had outrebounded the Raiders by 16 when the rout was full, 64-39.
“I imply, shooters shot,” Ruffridge mentioned after the sport. “I used to be locked in, within the zone. I’m going to do no matter it took to win.”
The fifth-seeded Girl Bears will make their second consecutive journey to the Candy Sixteen, a feat of continuity for Missouri State coach Amaka Agugua-Hamilton in her first postseason as a head coach. Agugua-Hamilton is the primary African-American lady to be the pinnacle coach of any sport at Missouri State.
“I feel they don’t get the respect they deserve,” Agugua-Hamilton mentioned of her crew after the sport. “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. The N.C.A.A. tweeted out Wright State’s image. We deal with plenty of disrespect, but it surely simply fuels our fireplace. We are saying, ‘Grind now, shine later,’ each single day.”