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Seven Top-10 schools still alive in Sweet 16

The ONU women's basketball team, undefeated and ranked fifth nationally, is one of 12 ranked teams remaining in this year's tournament. (Northern Review illustration/ Grant Pepper)

After the second round, only 16 teams remain in the NCAA Division III women’s basketball tournament. While seven Top-10 teams are still alive, including fifth-ranked Ohio Northern, 18th-ranked Hope headlined the second round by beating third-ranked, undefeated Thomas More, who had not lost since March 15, 2014.

There are 12 ranked schools in this year’s Sweet 16, which will be played on Friday night. Thomas More is just one of eight ranked teams that fell in round two. Top-seeded Amherst escaped the second round with a nine-point win, and second-ranked St. Thomas won by just four points. Only five second-round games were decided by more than 10 points, and four games were decided by five points or less.

While Ohio Northern will now avoid a potential Elite Eight matchup with Thomas More, they will still be guaranteed a Top-20 opponent in both the Sweet 16 and (potentially) the Elite Eight this weekend.

Here is a breakdown of the second round of tournament action, which occurred last Saturday:

Top left quadrant:

#1 Amherst beat #22 Mary Washington, 60-51.

UPSET: Babson beat #25 FDU-Florham, 62-61 in OT.


UPSET: Mass-Dartmouth beat #12 Montclair State, 71-63.

SUNY New Paltz beat Ithaca, 83-80.


Bottom left quadrant:

#5 Ohio Northern beat #15 Trine, 55-48.

#20 SUNY Geneseo beat Rochester, 78-72.


#10 Christopher Newport beat Lynchburg, 69-51.

UPSET: #18 Hope beat #3 Thomas More, 74-67.


Top right quadrant:

#2 St. Thomas beat Chicago, 73-69.

Marymount beat Albright, 68-59.


UPSET: #16 Whitman beat #9 Puget Sound, 69-67.

#7 Trinity beat Claremont Mudd-Scripps, 77-66.


Bottom right quadrant:

#4 Tufts beat Hudson, 64-44.

#17 Scranton beat SUNY Poly, 76-65.


UPSET: #13 UW-Oshkosh beat #11 DePauw, 64-49.

#6 Washington U. beat #24 Wheaton, 83-74.

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