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Four Top-25 teams fall on opening night of tournament

Ohio Northern is one of 32 teams remaining in the NCAA Div. III women's basketball tournament. (Northern Review photo/ Grant Pepper)

After last night, only 32 teams remain in the NCAA Div. III women’s basketball tournament. While Ohio Northern won their first-round matchup against Lakeland (Wis.) by 32, there were also three other 30+ point blowouts on the tournament’s opening night, including two on Northern’s side of the bracket. Conversely, nine games were also decided by less than five points.

Eighth-ranked Wartburg was the only Top-10 team to fall, and was one of just four Top-25 teams to lose on opening night. The road for top-seeded Amherst got easier, as two ranked opponents in their regional fell last night. Second-ranked St. Thomas will also now avoid Wartburg, who they could have faced tonight if Wartburg would not have been upset.

Ohio Northern’s road does not get any easier, as there were no upsets in their regional on opening night. Including ONU, six ranked teams are still alive in that regional. Third-ranked Thomas More will play No. 18 Hope tonight and fifth-ranked ONU will face No. 15 Trine, highlighting some of the second round’s premier matchups. For a preview of tonight’s matchup between ONU and Trine, click here.

Here is a breakdown of the first round:

Top left quadrant:

#1 Amherst beat Regis, 65-37.

#22 Mary Washington beat Sage, 62-57.

 

#25 FDU-Florham beat Gwynedd Mercy, 58-46.

UPSET: Babson beat #21 Messiah, 59-53.

 

#12 Montclair State beat Westfield State, 81-73.

U-Mass.-Dartmouth beat La Roche, 71-64.

 

Ithaca beat Rochester Tech, 65-62.

UPSET: Suny New-Paltz beat #19 Bowdoin, 62-61.

 

Bottom left quadrant:

#5 Ohio Northern beat Lakeland, 68-36.

#15 Trine beat Illinois Wesleyan, 63-56.

 

#20 SUNY Geneseo beat Muhlenberg, 65-53.

Keene State beat Rochester, 67-55.

 

#10 Christopher Newport beat Staten Island, 98-56.

Lynchburg beat Catholic, 69-64.

 

#3 Thomas More beat Eureka, 97-58.

#18 Hope beat UW-Whitewater, 78-71.

 

Top right quadrant:

#2 St. Thomas beat UW-Superior, 98-56.

UPSET: Chicago beat #8 Wartburg, 67-63.

 

Marymount beat Guilford, 74-70.

Albright beat Piedmont, 64-54.

 

#9 Puget Sound beat UC Santa Cruz, 93-74.

#16 Whitman beat #23 George Fox, 76-72.

 

#7 Trinity beat Hendrix, 82-74.

Claremont Mudd-Scripps beat Texas-Dallas, 79-63.

 

Bottom right quadrant:

#4 Tufts beat St. Joseph’s, 65-44.

Hudson beat DeSales, 74-72.

 

#17 Scranton beat U. of New England, 49-48.

SUNY Poly beat Eastern Connecticut, 80-72.

 

#13 UW-Oshkosh beat Calvin, 63-55.

#11 DePauw beat Gustavus Adolphus, 67-57.

 

#6 Washington U. beat St. Norbert, 73-54.

#24 Wheaton beat Rose-Hulman, 57-54.