The Wright State women’s basketball team is set to play in the second round of the NCAA Championship on Wednesday afternoon, as the No. 13-seeded Raiders take on No. 5 Missouri State in San Antonio as part of the Alamo Region. Wright State led for over 38 minutes on Monday afternoon on the way to a 66-62 opening round win over No. 4-seed Arkansas, while Missouri State defeated No. 12 seed UC Davis 70-51 on Monday night.
With their win on Monday, the Raiders pulled off the first win by a No. 13 seed over a No. 4 since 2012. Coming into this year’s tournament, No. 13 seeds were just 9-104 all-time.
Wednesday’s tip is set for 3 p.m. ET and will be carried nationally on ESPNU.
Last time out, Wright State tallied its first NCAA Championship win in program history, scoring the first five points of the contest and led throughout the contest, with a couple ties sprinkled in, until Arkansas took a one-point lead at 59-58 with 1:51 remaining. From there, Wright State closed the game on an 8-2 run, including the final five points in the last 29 seconds. Angel Baker knocked down a contested three-pointer in front of the Raider bench with 29 seconds to play, giving Wright State the lead for the final time. Jada Roberson knocked down two free throws with eight seconds remaining to ice the contest. Baker finished with the game’s only double-double, tallying 26 points and 12 rebounds to pace the Raiders, while Emani Jefferson also finished in double-digits with 13 points as Wright State had scoring contributions from seven different players.
The No. 17/20 Missouri State Lady Bears are in the Second Round of the NCAA Championship for the ninth time in school history. Missouri State boasts a rich NCAA Tournament history with 16 total appearances, Final Four trips in 1992 and 2001, and Sweet 16 appearances in 1993 and 2019. The Lady Bears are 17-15 all-time in NCAA play, with records of 9-7 in the first round, 4-4 in the second round, 2-2 in the Sweet 16, 2-0 in the Elite 8, and 0-2 in the Final Four. Missouri State has won the rebounding battle in 21 of 24 games this year and 47 of the last 54, with a plus-11.2 margin this season on pace for a school record and a .803 defensive rebounding percentage that ranks second nationally after leading the NCAA last year with a .773 mark.