#5 Oklahoma State Cowgirls 61, #12 Florida Gulf Coast 60 Final - OT
MVP: Roshunda Johnson came off the bench for the Cowgirls, scoring 11 points in the victory. Eight of her 11 were in the second half, helping the Oklahoma State come back from 10 points down in the second half.
Talk about surviving a scare... The Cowgirls overcame a 10-point deficit to avoid being the first major upset of this tournament. Just like the Men's bracket, the 5-12 match up can provide a lot of drama and the upset you weren't expecting. Four times in the last six years a 12th-seed has knocked off a No. 5 seed.
It was over when... Brittany Martin stepped in front of a Florida Gulf Coast player, and stole the in bound pass. She would miss the ensuing free throw, and the Cowgirls would advance to the second round.
#9 Arizona State Sun Devils 69, #8 Vanderbilt Commodores 61
MVP: Co-MVP's for the Sun Devils. Katie Hempen and Sophie Brunner combined to score 30 points off the bench for Arizona State. Hempen hit five three-pointers, while Brunner was a monster downlow, grabbing nine rebounds in just 22 game minutes.
X-Factor: Arizona State did a really good job at limiting the Commodores in rebounding and at times forcing them into one shot possessions, despite the 12 offensive rebounds by Vanderbilt. Arizona State out rebounded Vanderbilt 33-20.
It was over when... Brunner hit a lay up with 49 seconds remaining in the contest, giving Arizona State the 65-54 lead. It was the icing on the cake for a solid performance off the bench.
#3 Kentucky Wildcats 106, #14 Wright State Raiders 60
MVP: DeNesha Stallworth was just a dominating force in the post today. She finished with 11 points, nine rebounds and blocked five shots as the Wildcats led 51-25 at halftime and continued to pour it on in the second half to show why they are a 3-seed.
Bench was big... 56 points from the reserves for the Wildcats and that could prove to be a really big confidence boost going forward in the tournament. If you can get that production from any bench, you're going to win a lot of games. Jennifer O'Neill scored 21 off the bench for Kentucky.
It was over win... After Wright State tried to climb back into the game, cut it to 34-22. The Wildcats would close the first half on a 17-3 run and never look back, pushing the lead doubling the point production of the Raiders