Occidental 64, Hamlin 55
Occidental (6-3) survived a tough matchup with Hamline (2-8) in the first game of the day on Friday. The Tigers were off to a good start in the first quarter leading 19-15 after the first ten minutes.
However, Hamlin was undaunted and upped the ante in the second quarter, shooting 54.5 percent from the floor, a feat that enabled the Pipers to head into the break with a 36-32 lead over Occidental.
The Tigers came out of halftime ready to regain ground and limited their opponent to no more than 10 points per quarter for the remainder of the game.
Alyssa Ramlochan 16 points, 8 rebounds
Tala Ismail 12 points, 4 rebounds
Triana Anderson 10 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists
Alaina Quaranta 16 points, 6 rebounds
Reilly Geistfeld 12 points, 3 rebounds
Amherst 41, Trine 36
Coming in to the tournament as the WBCA No. 1/D3Hoops.com No. 3 team in the nation, undefeated Amherst (9-0) had a target on its back that was in easy sight of No. 6 Trine (11-1).
The battle between the teams was a defensive-minded contest with low-scoring but scrappy, fearless play.
While Amherst started in a dominant fashion to lead 15-11 after the first quarter, Trine roared back to limit the Mammoths to just four measly points in the period leading up to halftime. The Thunder had a 24-19 lead at the break and the possibility of an upset in their sightline.
Amherst was not to be toppled and stopped Trine in their tracks in the second half. The Thunder only scored seven points in the third quarter and five in the fourth period. It was the first loss of the season for Trine.
Emma McCarthy 14 points, 10 rebounds
Hannah Fox 10 points, 5 rebounds
Montana Martin 8 points, 3 rebounds
Jayde Abenth 7 points
Central 74, Ramapo 69
After suffering a loss to No. 14 Ohio Wesleyan on Thursday, No. 6 Ramapo (9-3) was not looking to endure another defeat. But that is what happened as unranked Central (4-7) used a big second half to overcome a seven-point halftime deficit and take the lead to secure a victory.
The upstart Dutch outscored Ramapo 41-29 in the second half to get signature win over a ranked team.
Kyle Smith 20 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists
Malik Wildermuth 12 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists
Thomas Bonacum 21 points, 8 rebounds
Nick Stanek 13 points, 9 rebounds
Josh Ford 11 points
Patrick Peterson 10 points, 5 rebounds
Carroll 76, Pacific Lutheran 54
Carroll (4-7) had no trouble putting away Pacific Lutheran (3-6) Friday night in the fourth game of the day. The Pioneers held Pacific Lutheran to just three points for the first six minutes of the game. By the end of the first half, Carroll had a 37-19 cushion to tide them over in the after the break.
The Lutes performed much better in the second half, scoring 35 points to Carroll’s 39 but the game was too out of hand for them to simply trade baskets with the Pioneers to close out the contest with success.
Tanner Zaeske 26 points
Ray Pierce 12 points
Markus Glenn 10 points
Zac Webb 9 points
Whitman 77, UW Stevens Point 64
The top team in the nation Whitman (9-0) held off UW Stevens Point (6-4) to remain undefeated. The Blues dominated the Pointers in the first half 43-26. UWSP was not ready to fold and outscored Whitman 38-34 in the second half.
Whitman only shot 37.9 percent from the field in the second half compared to 48.4 percent by UWSP. However, the cushion that the Blues built in the first half helped to tide them over and secure a win even as the Pointers attempted a comeback.
Tim Howell 22 points
Joey Hewitt 17 points, 7 rebounds
Austin Butler 11 points, 6 rebounds
MJ Delmore 14 points, 5 rebounds
Nate Dodge 13 points, 5 rebounds