|Jaimee Pitt's steal secured UW-Oshkosh's one-point win over UW-Whitewater and the Titans' 12th WIAC women's basketball title.
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No. 11 UW-Oshkosh secured its 12 WIAC women's basketball title with a one-point win over UW-Whitewater while No. 2 St. Thomas secured at least a share of the MIAC crown and homecourt throughout the conference playoffs.
- Wednesday scoreboard: Men | Women
- Wednesday news releases: Men | Women
- Second regional rankings released: Men | Women
- Wednesday's men's recap
Schmidt scored eight of her game-leading 15 points for Oshkosh (22-2, 12-1 WIAC) in the fourth period. Four players scored double figures for Whitewater (19-5, 9-4 WIAC) led by Smith's 14.
No. 2 St. Thomas ensured that the MIAC playoffs will come through its gym by beating St. Mary's (Minn.), 77-66. Kaitlin Langer posted 19 points and 10 rebounds for the Tommies who will have the MIAC title all to themselves with a win over Concordia-Moorhead on Saturday.
Earlier in the afternoon the NCAA released its second set of regional rankings that show where teams stand in terms of potential at-large bids to the NCAA tournament. Thomas More jumped in front of Ohio Northern in the Great Lakes region and celebrated by clobbering St. Vincent, 77-40. Madison Temple scored 24 points in only 16 minutes for the defending champions. Recap
No. 16 Montclair State slipped to second in the Atlantic region behind FDU-Florham. The Red Hawks gutted out a 76-72 win at Rutgers-Camden thanks to a 30-point, 10 rebound performance by Katie Sire. William Paterson earned a spot in the NJAC tournament which opens on Saturday by beating Kean, 77-63.
No. 21 Scranton made the biggest jump in the regional rankings, vaulting from fifth last week to first this week. The Lady Royals defeated Susquehanna 70-60 to extend its road-game winning streak to 27 games. No. 23 Catholic belted Elizabethtown 72-49 in what could be a preview of next week's Landmark Conference semifinal.
No. 25 Marymount continued its push toward the playoffs with a win at home over No. 15 Mary Washington, 69-57. The Saints held the Eagles to 14 points on 5-for-31 shooting in the first half. Marymount (20-4, 14-3 CAC) moved into a tie with Mary Washington (21-3, 14-3 CAC) for the second seed in the Capital Athletic Conference tournament. No. 12 Christopher Newport stayed game above the fray by demolishing Southern Virginia 99-61.
WPI came from behind to beat Babson 56-53 and throw the NEWMAC race into disarray. Babson slips into a three-way tie for first place with MIT and Springfield and WPI sits one game back in the NEWMAC standings.
Westfield took over first place in the MASCAC with a win and some help. The Owls held off Bridgewater State 77-68 and Framingham State lost at Worcester State 62-55 to fall one game back of Westfield. MASCAC standings