Shae Kelley scored 19 points as Old Dominion won its hard-fought Conference USA tournament debut late Wednesday night, outlasting Texas-San Antonio 79-74 to reach the quarterfinals in El Paso, Texas.
Becca Allison had 14 points and seven rebounds and Galaisha Goodhope had 10 points and seven assists for the sixth-seeded Lady Monarchs (17-14). They advanced to face No. 3 seed Southern Mississippi, a team they beat at the Constant Center.
Miki Turner netted 22 points and had seven rebounds for the Roadrunners (14-17).
ODU led by as many as 10 points in a first half that ended with the Lady Monarchs on top 40-37.
UTSA began the second half with a flouirish, going ahead 49-43 and 56-50, but a 9-1 run put ODU ahead 59-57.
With the score tied at 73, Chelisa Painter gave ODU the lead for good with two free throws at the 2:09 mark. Kelley hit a jumper for a 77-73 lead with 49 seconds left, and three missed field-goal tries cost the Roadrunners a chance to further close the gap. ...
Jerica Coley continued her march to history, scoring 42 points as Florida International ousted East Carolina 87-75.
The 13th-seeded Golden Panthers (14-17) led 7-0 and wire-to-wire, beating a higher seed for the second day in a row. Coley climbed from No. 9 to No. 5 on the NCAA career scoring list in one day, lifting her total to 3,054. She has averaged 29.6 points this season.
During Wednesday's game, she passed Southern California's Cheryl Miller (3,018), Tennessee's Chamique Holdsclaw (3,025), Connecticut's Maya Moore (3,036) and Delaware's Elena Delle Donne (3,039).
Fifth-seeded ECU (22-8), led by Abria Trice's 22 points, seems likely to go to the WNIT. ...
No. 14 Louisiana Tech, a traditional power that hit hard times this season, knocked off a higher-seeded team for the second consecutive night, defeating No. 6 Charlotte 64-55.
Whitney Frazier and Kelia Shelton scored 15 apiece for Louisiana Tech (12-19). Ny Hammonds scored 18 for the 49ers (15-15). ...
Karisma Chapman shot 12-of-17 from the field and totaled 27 points as Alabama Birmingham (16-14) eliminated Marshall 79-63.
For the Thundering Herd (11-20), freshman Chelsey Romero from Kecoughtan High had 14 points, four rebounds and two blocks. Suporia Dickens led Marshall with 16 points.
William and Mary’s Marlena Tremba was named Rookie of the Year in the Colonial Athletic Association on the eve of the league tournament in Upper Marlboro, Md.
W&M’s Kaitlyn Mathieu made the All-CAA third team. Jazmen Boone received all-defensive honors and joined Kyla Kerstetter on the all-academic team. They will try to help the Tribe get by last-place UNC Wilmington in Thursday's 2 p.m. play-in game.
James Madison (25-5, 15-1), the regular-season champion, boasted the Player of the Year (Kirby Burkholder), Defensive Player of the Year (Nikki Newman) and Coach of the Year (Kenny Brooks). JMU's Toia Giggetts, a junior from Norfolk's Lake Taylor High, was on the second team.
Conference Player of the Year Jeremy Ingram scored 30 points as top-seeded North Carolina Central rolled past eighth-seeded Howard 92-46 at Norfolk Scope Arena in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference tournament for its 18th consecutive victory.
The victory margin set a tournament record and moved the Eagles into Friday’s semifinals.
James Daniel, a Phoebus High graduate, led Howard with 15 points but hit just 3 of 15 field-goal attempts.
Billy Garrett Jr. scored 17 points, including the clinching free throws, and DePaul surprised Georgetown 60-56 for only its second Big East tournament victory.
Forrest Robinson snapped a second-half tie with consecutive 3-pointers and had 14 points for the 10th-seeded Blue Demons (12-20), who finished in last place during the regular season.
After ending a 14-game losing streak to the Hoyas, DePaul -- guided by former ODU player and coach Oliver Purnell -- will play Thursday night in the quarterfinals against second-seeded Creighton, ranked No. 14 in the nation.
D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera scored 21 points to pace the seventh-seeded Hoyas (17-14), who were hoping a run to the championship game at Madison Square Garden could still squeeze them into the NCAA tournament after a disappointing season. That won't happen.
Ryan Canty and the Fordham Rams hit the glass to secure the program's first conference tournament victory in seven years.
Canty had a career-high 19 rebounds, Bryan Smith scored 14 points, including four free throws in the last 22 seconds, and Fordham held off George Mason 70-67 in the first game of the Atlantic 10 tournament in Brooklyn, N.Y.
The last-place Rams (10-20) snapped an eight-game losing streak and won an Atlantic 10 tournament game for the first time since 2007.
Fordham, playing a long subway ride from its Bronx campus, faces fifth-seeded Dayton on Thursday.
The Rams had 24 offensive rebounds, seven from Canty. He scored seven points and made 1 of 2 free throws with 4.6 seconds left to make it 70-67.
Maons' Patrick Holloway had a long 3-point attempt to tie at the buzzer, but it bounced off the back of the rim.
Bryon Allen scored 19 points to lead 12th-seeded Mason (11-20), which finished a disappointing first season in the A-10 with its second loss of the year to the Rams.
"We competed. We battled. We just didn't get some of the breaks we needed down the stretch," said third-year Patriots coach Paul Hewitt, who was an assistant coach on the last Fordham team to reach the NCAA tournament -- in 1992.
Julian Washburn scored 20 as host Texas-El Paso, the No. 5 seed, bounced East Carolina 77-68 in the Conference USA tournament’s second round.
Prince Williams, Paris Roberts-Campbell and Akeem Richmond each scored 14 for ECU (17-16). ...
Denzel Ingram had 18 points as Charlotte (17-13) knocked out UAB 80-70. Chad Frazier scored 18 for the Blazers (18-13). ...
Freshman Jonathan Stark scored 21 points as Tulane (17-15) rallied from a 13-point second-half deficit to beat North Texas 66-61. Tulane will face No. 2 seed Tulsa on Thursday in the quarterfinals.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun