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Ohio Northern came out on fire and the rest of the night was academic in the Polar Bears' Sweet 16 win.
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Ohio Northern completely dominated the first period vs. SUNY Geneseo, while Tufts cruised into the Elite Eight for the fourth year in a row, Christopher Newport survived a late rally and Whitman held off Trinity (Texas) in Friday night's Sweet 16 action.

Ohio Northern rolled out to a 25-2 lead in the first period and never looked back, handing SUNY Geneseo its second and final loss of the season by a 72-55 score. The Knights (28-2) went 0-for-15 from the floor in the first period and were outrebounded 13-3. Amy Bullimore had a game-high 23 points in 29 minutes for Ohio Northern, which improved to 30-0.

The Jumbos picked up 13 first-half turnovers from Scranton in rolling out to a 39-24 lead and held the Lady Royals at bay in a 65-48 win at Washington University in St. Louis. Jac Knapp scored a game-high 20 points, including 5-for-8 3-point shooting, in the win. The Jumbos (28-2) shot 11-for-25 from beyond the arc for the game, a season-high. Bridgette Mann scored a team-high 15 for Scranton (26-4). Madeline Homoly scored a game-high 20 points and Zoe Vernon added 14 as Wash U. put UW-Oshkosh away by a 68-56 score. The Bears (26-2) shot 8-for-14 from 3-point range, while limiting the Titans (26-4) to 3-for-22 from beyond the arc. 

Trailing at the half for just the sixth time all season, Christopher Newport went on a 32-11 run in the third quarter to take a 13-point lead and seemingly put Hope away in a Sweet 16 game at Ohio Northern. But the Captains missed seven consecutive shots while Tyra Smith and Francesca Buchanan were having big fourth quarters and Hope tied it at 72-72 with 1:57 to go. The Flying Dutch, however, took just three shots the rest of the way and CNU (28-2) made enough foul shots to come away with the 79-74 win.  

Smith scored nine and Buchanan added six in the fourth quarter, finishing the night with 17 and 12, respectively, as Hope fell to 24-5. Sam Porter led CNU with a game-high 19 points, adding 11 rebounds, while Devon Byrd went for 14 and 13 in the win.

Whitman and St. Thomas advanced to the round of eight in St. Paul, as St. Thomas rallied past Marymount and Whitman pulled away from Trinity (Texas). The Tommies picked up their 30th win of the season, putting up a 10-0 run at a crucial time in the fourth quarter after Marymount had taken a six-point lead. The Saints (24-6) went up 46-45 going into the final period when Leah Hurst's halfcourt heave at the buzzer found nothing but net. Tyffani McQueen opened the final frame with a layup and Kiki Laux added a three-point play to make the lead 51-45. But those were the last points Marymount would score for almost six minutes as Kaitlin Langer scored seven of her game-high 15 points during the run.

St. Thomas will face Whitman, which put up a huge 58-33 rebounding advantage in defeating Trinity (Texas) 69-59. Emily Rommel scored a team-high 16 points and was one of four players with eight or more rebounds in the win. Whitman scored 42 of its 69 points in the paint.

SUNY New Paltz scored the first five points of the game, but Mass-Dartmouth answered with back-to-back 3-pointers and never trailed again in a 67-57 win in a Sweet 16 game at Amherst. Alicia Kutil scored a game-high 17 points and Rachel McCarron added 15 as the Corsairs (25-5) continued their late-season run into the round of eight. Lindsay Bettke scored a team-high 15 points for the Hawks (20-9), on 6-for-18 shooting.

Mass-Dartmouth will face host Amherst (30-0), which remained undefeated thanks to rolling up a 19-8 margin in the first and a 19-5 margin in the fourth quarter of a 63-39 win vs. Babson. The Amherst defense held Giovanna Pickering to 2-for-11 shooting for Babson (24-6), as the Beavers whot 16-for-49 from the floor. Emma McCarthy shot 8-for-9 en route to a game-high 21 for Amherst.