Day 2 Results
Tennessee Tech 69, Detroit Mercy 47
Tennessee Tech (4-3) recovered from a stinging loss Friday night to dominate Detroit Mercy 69-47 Saturday afternoon on the final day of the South Point Shootout.
"It's your response and how you respond to things, not how you react," TTU head coach Kim Rosamond said about her team's play and how they approached Detroit Mercy (0-8). "We jumped on them early....and really kind of took their belief away early."
The Golden Eagles established the lead early and never relinquished their advantage. The Titans fought back but TTU was undaunted and accumulated a double-digit lead, 17-7, at 4:07 in the period. At the end of the first quarter, the Golden Eagles lead the Titans 24-11.
For Detroit Mercy, the second quarter was an even more dismal affair as they were outscored 21-8. TTU led 45-19 at the break. Junior forward Mackenzie Coleman led all scorers at halftime with 14 points plus five rebounds.
While the Titans played better in the second half, they were no match for their opponent.
Coleman finished with a game-high 18 points plus eight rebounds and earned a place on the All-Tournament team. Senior forward Anacia Wilkinson added 14 points and eight rebounds while junior guard Jordan Brock chipped in 11 points.
Freshman guard Markyia McCormick scored a career-high 15 points for Detroit Mercy and senior guard/forward Zoey Oatis added 11 points.
South Dakota 91, Northern Illinois 48
South Dakota (7-1) wasted no time Saturday as the Coyotes got off to a blistering start in their 91-48 win against Northern Illinois (3-4), amassing a 16-2 lead within four minutes. Led by senior guard Ciara Duffy, the tournament MVP, and junior center Hannah Sjerven, South Dakota ended the first quarter with a 21-10 advantage.
Their pace did not subside and at the break, the Coyotes were halfway to the century mark, leading 52-23.
There was no turning back for South Dakota, and Duffy finished the game with 13 points and four rebounds, lower than her 22 points, 12 rebounds and 7 assists performance against Ohio State the night before. Sjerven scored 14 points and pulled down six rebounds. Senior guard Madison McKeever also had 14 points while freshman guard Macy Guebert added 13 points.
With a 2-0 record over the course of the tournament, South Dakota head coach Dawn Plitzuweit said her team “played with great urgency” and consistency.
“Those are obviously two things that we need to have moving forward and it's something that I thought we were much better in during the course of these two games that we have been earlier in the season.”
South Dakota also set a milestone in the contest, knocking down a school-record 17 3-pointers.
Nebraska 72, Sacred Heart 49
Nebraska (7-1) looked like a team on a mission as they raced out of the gate against Sacred Heart (3-4). After scoring 19 points in the first quarter and limiting SHU to seven, it was clear that the Huskers envisioned nothing less than a decisive victory.
While Sacred Heart fought hard through the contest, they could not get the majority of their shots to fall. The Pioneers were just 11% percent from the line in the first quarter and 31.8% (14-14) overall. Meanwhile, the Huskers shot 70% in the first quarter and 45.5 (25-55) from the floor overall.
Senior guard Hannah Whitish led Nebraska with 15 points plus four rebounds. Whitish also earned a spot on the All-Tournament team. Junior guard/forward Taylor Kissinger scored 11 points. All 12 Nebraska players who entered the game scored.
Ohio State 64, Northern Iowa 46
Ohio State (4-3) came into Sunday’s game against Northern Iowa (5-2) looking to recover from a loss to South Dakota the previous day. While the Buckeyes led for the majority of the game, it was no easy task to hold off UNI, a team that came into the tournament with an undefeated record. Ohio State’s defense hampered the Panthers and UNI shot a dismal 23 percent (14-61) from the line. The Buckeyes forced 20 turnovers and had 12 steals.
Freshman Jacy Sheldon helped lift Ohio State past UNI with a double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds. She also earned four steals. Sophomore forward Dorka Juhász was also in double figures with 14 points plus five rebounds. Madison Greene added 12 points.
USC 60, Alabama 57
The last matchup of the tournament was one of the most exciting contests of the weekend. The game pitted two Power Five schools against each with the Pac-12’s USC (4-3) looking to rebound from a loss and earn a victory over the SEC’s Alabama (5-2).
Even though USC led for much of the game, it was never by much. The Trojans led by just four points at the half 28-22. They managed to build an eleven-point lead in the fourth quarter with 5:13 left in the game but the Tide mounted a comeback and got within one in the final minute.
Freshman Alissa Pill helped seal the game for USC by making free throws in the final 20 seconds. She finished with a double-double of 11 points and 10 rebounds. First-year guard Endyia Rogers added 13 points, all in the second half while freshman center Angel Jackson contributed 10 points plus six rebounds. Jackson, who performed well all weekend, earned a spot on the All-Tournament team.
MVP: Ciara Duffy, South Dakota
Hannah Whitish, Nebraska
Angel Jackson, USC
Jordan Lewis, Alabama
Mackenzie Coleman, TTU
Sixth Woman: Chelby Koker, NIU