Championship Central - Charlotte, N.C.
No. 6 Duquesne 72, No. 11 Massachusetts 51
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Sophomore Samantha Pollino notched her second double-double of the season, scoring 10 points and bringing down 10 rebounds, to lead Duquesne (20-10) to a 72-51 win over Massachusetts (12-18).
Junior Keri Pryor led the Dukes with 16 points, hitting seven-of-14 from the field and adding five rebounds.
The Dukes outscored UMass 23-14 off the bench, with major production from junior Eve Pyle, who scored 12 points on four-of-five shooting.
The Minutewomen were paced by senior Sakera Young's game-high 16 points on seven-of-16 from the floor.
With the win, Duquesne moved onto a quarterfinal matchup with third-seeded Charlotte.
No. 7 St. Bonaventure 72, No. 10 Saint Joseph's 65
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St. Bonaventure (21-9) worked its way into an early lead thanks to a game-high 17 points from junior Dana Mitchell, which was enough to hold off a late charge by Saint Joseph's (13-17) and secure a 72-65 victory.
Mitchell was a perfect nine-for-nine from the line, adding five boards and a pair of steals. Freshman teammate Jessica Jenkins did the damage from beyond the arc, hitting four-of-five three-pointers, which tied the fourth-most accurate performance in Atlantic 10 postseason play.
Senior Jenna Loschiavo provided the spark for Saint Joseph's, totaling 13 points on four-of-11 shooting. Junior Marianne Djouara hit four of her six shots from the floor for 12 points in the loss.
With the win, St. Bonaventure advances to face second-seeded Temple.
No. 12 Rhode Island 62, No. 5 George Washington 58
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A balanced scoring attack and clutch free throws from Rhode Island (9-20) freshman Lara Gasper brought down fifth-seeded George Washington (17-12), 62-58.
With the game knotted at 58-58 and 24 seconds to play in regulation, Gasper converted on a pair of foul shots to advance the 12th-seeded Rams to a second-round matchup with Richmond.
Gasper was one of four Rams in double figures with a total of 10 points and five rebounds. Leading Rhode Island in scoring were junior Lindsay Harris and senior Crystal Bellinger, who each tallied 15 points in the win.
George Washington senior Jessica Adair put forth a worthy final game as a Colonial, finishing with a game-high 22 points on 7-of-11 shooting, with 11 boards.
The upset victory marked the second-biggest, in terms of seeding, in the history of the Atlantic 10. With the win, Rhode Island also put an end to a 15-game losing streak at the hands of George Washington, having entered the game 4-34 all time against the Colonials.
No. 8 Dayton 74, No. 9 Saint Louis 52
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Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year Justine Raterman scored 19 points Dayton flew past the Saint Louis, 74-52, at Halton Arena Friday afternoon in the first round of the 2009 Atlantic 10 Women's Basketball Championship. The Flyers (19-12) will face the No. 1 seeded and nationally-ranked Xavier Musketeers in the quarterfinal round.
Raterman led all scorers with 19 points on 6-of-13 shooting from the floor, including a solid 6-of-7 from the line. Junior Kendel Ross and freshman Kayla Moses tallied 12 apiece. Ross and freshmen De'Sarae Chambers both grabbed a game-high eight boards.
A-10 All-Rookie team selection Casey Nance finished with four blocks, while fellow classmate Patrice Lalor dished out a game-high four assists.
As a team, the Flyers out-rebounded the Billikens (12-18) by a margin of 42-35. Dayton held an edge in almost all categories including assists (15-11), blocks (7-1), and shooting (48-32 percent)
The Dayton defense held the league's leading scorer, Theresa Lisch, to just eight points for the game. Lisch averaged 19.6 ppg during the regular season.