Regan Magarity scored 25 points and hauled down 12 rebounds as Virginia Tech earned a 76-62 victory over Rider on Friday night in the first round of the Women’s National Invitation Tournament.
Tech (18-13) shot 44.6 percent from the field and held a 47-31 rebounding edge.
The University of Virginia earned a 62-56 win over St. Joseph’s and James Madison rolled to an 80-59 triumph over Radford in other WNIT games on Friday. Those two teams will play Sunday in a second-round game in Harrisonburg.
Savannah Felgemacher (Volunteer) had 11 points, 14 rebounds, three assists and three steals, while Logan Reynolds (Wise County Central) collected three points, three rebounds and three assists in JMU’s win.
King’s struggles continue
King University’s Conference Carolinas struggles continued on Friday as the Tornado suffered a pair of losses to Barton.
Barton bashed its way to an 8-1 win over the Tornado (9-14, 1-10) in the first game. Preston Douglas had two hits for King in a losing effort.
Barton eked out a 3-2 win over King in the nightcap as Andrew Webster scored the winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning after scampering home following Mitch Stophel’s wild pitch.
King University opened Conference Carolinas play by splitting a doubleheader at Erskine.
Hannah Riddle and Olivia Lawson each had two hits and two RBIs as the Tornado posted a 5-2 victory in the opener.
King (15-11, 1-1) suffered a 9-4 loss in the nightcap, allowing six runs in the first inning.
Mykeah Johnson and Danielle Knoetze each had three hits as East Tennessee State University posted a 10-2 win over Radford in the second game of a doubleheader and polished off a non-conference sweep.
The Buccaneers (10-14) recorded a 4-3 win in the opener.
Nick Drooker doled out 35 assists as the King University Tornado improved to 20-2 with a convincing 25-19, 26-24, 25-19 victory over Conference Carolinas foe Belmont Abbey.