Now, the eyes are on the state of Missouri. And rightly so.
“You haven’t seen any highlights from our game in the first round and you haven’t seen anything about going into this game,” Missouri State coach Amaka Aguguma-Hamilton said in a postgame interview. The NCAA tweeted a photo of Wright State. We handle a lot of disrespect, but it fires up our fire even more. “
Agugu-Hamilton has already made history. She is Missouri State’s first black female coach of any sport; This is his first postseason.
Putting the game away before Missouri State, Maryland Yukon and Baylor joined the 100-point club with a 100-64 route to seven-seeded Alabama. This would be Maryland’s 14th appearance in the Round of 16.
Jasmine Walker of the Crimson Tide led all scorers with 23 points, but five Tarps scored in double figures, led by Fresh Fair Angel Reese, 19, who injured her leg in the fourth game of the season. Sophis Masonius, a sophomore, had a career-high 16 points.
“In an ironic way, when Angel was hurt, it allowed a lot of players to develop their plays,” Maryland coach Brenda Frase said in a postgame interview. “Now, the longer we’ve played, it allows Angel to get back into the fold.”
On Tuesday, all No. 1 seeds – UConn, Stanford, South Carolina and North Carolina State – Glows in their spots In the Sweet 16 with Iowa, Michigan, Georgia Tech and Boiler.
When round 16 starts Saturday, one will expect more crowd noise. The audience will be allowed to pay in person at the Almodom, where the rest of the women’s tournament will be played to a capacity of 17 percent.
Natalie Wenner and Marissa Ingemi contributed reporting.