|Women's Basketball NIT RESULTS
|Florida 67, Charlotte 65
|Auburn 72, Tulane 52
Bonds' Late Jumper Lifts Florida Over Charlotte
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Florida traveled north to face off with Charlotte in the third round of the National Invite Tournament on Wednesday night, and the Gators (21-14) picked up a win on the road by the final score of 67-65. Jeterra Bonds paced the offensive effort for UF, dropping in a team-best 15 points to go along with four assists and three rebounds.
In a game that saw several lead changes, the Gators entered halftime clinging to a six-point advantage over the 49ers (26-6). The second half would see five lead changes, but Florida would seize the lead last thanks to a jumper from Bonds that came with just three ticks remaining.
Jennifer George lent a big hand in the victory for Florida, as she poured in 14 points on seven-of-10 shooting while haulding in four rebounds. Sydney Moss added 10 points and nine rebounds in the victory, falling just short of the double-double while also dishing out five assists. Christin Mercer and Kayla Lewis added eight points apiece for UF while combining for eight boards.
Florida knocked down 48 percent of its field goals in the win while limiting Charlotte to 45 percent on the other end of the floor. Both teams committed 19 turnovers on the evening, and the Gators managed to win the game despite being out-rebounded 35 to 29. The Gators led by as many as seven points throughout the game while overcoming as much as a five-point deficit.
Jennifer Hailey made things difficult for UF, scoring a game-high 19 points for Charlotte on eight-of-14 shooting to go along with seven boards. Amanda Dowe notched a double-double for the 49ers with 15 points and 12 rebounds, while Hillary Sigmon dropped in 13 points on five-of-15 shooting.
Tanner Leads Auburn Past Tulane in Blowout Fashion
AUBURN, Ala. – Tyrese Tanner turned in another stellar effort for Auburn in the National Invite Tournament with a 25-point showing on Wednesday night that led the Tigers past Tulane, 72-52.
Tanner connected on seven of her 17 field goals in the 20-point win while also knocking down 11-of-12 from the free throw stripe. Following Tanner’s lead, the Tigers (19-14) never trailed the Green Wave (24-9), controlling the pace throughout the evening.
Blanche Alverson tacked on 10 points for Auburn to go along with five rebounds in the win, while Hasina Muhammad added eight points, six boards and four assists of her own. Peyton Davis chipped in with six points in the runaway triumph, and Auburn led by as many as 20.
The Tigers shot 44 percent from the field as a team, including a solid 41 percent from 3-point territory. Defensively, AU limited Tulane to just 33 percent from the field and a dismal 18 percent from 3-point range. Auburn overcame 17 giveaways by forcing 14 Tulane turnovers and out-rebounding the Green Wave 40 to 26.
Danielle Blagg led Tulane in the scoring column with 11 points on four-of-13 shooting, while Tiffany Dale also cracked into double figures with 10 points, four boards and four assists. Adesuwa Ebomwonyi added eight points for the Green Wave, but it was not enough to keep pace with Auburn on its home court.