RICHMOND, Va. - The #8 Bowie State women's basketball team has advanced to the finals of the NCAA Atlantic Regional, knocking off Edinboro in the semifinals by a score of 79-75. The win improves the Bulldogs to 22-9 overall and advances Bowie State into Monday's (3/12) final against #4 Indiana (Pa.) at 7 p.m.
Sade Chatman poured in a game-high 19 points to go with seven rebounds to lead four Bowie State double figure scorers. Kyah Proctor and Kyaja Williams chipped in 15 and 13 points respectively while Kiara Colston added 12 points and tied for team-high rebound honors with seven.
Edinboro's Fighting Scots, who defeated Virginia State 80-55 in the first round, would grab the lead early in the game and hold a 24-14 advantage after one period.
Edinboro would build the advantage to 39-24 with 51 seconds remaining in the half on a pair of free throws by Ayana Vaughn. The Bulldogs would stun the Fighting Scots with ten straight points in the final 36 seconds. What was a 15-point lead turned into a 39-34 lead at the half for Edinboro.
Bowie State opened the third quarter with a pair of baskets to make it 14 straight points before Allison Thompson's layup ended the stretch and made it 41-38. Thompson would make a pair of free throws to later extend the lead to 46-41 with 4:52 left in the period, before Bowie State claimed the lead.
A string of seven straight points, capped by Lisa Jing's layup, gave Bowie State its first lead since the opening minutes of the contest at 48-46 with 3:27 left. Michelle Jahn came back down and hit a three to give the lead back to Edinboro at 49-48. Bowie State reclaimed the lead, with Jahn's layup knotting the score at 51-51 with 2:27 left. Kyaja Williams answered with a jumper with just over two minutes remaining and Bowie State never trailed after that.
Edinboro trailed by two after three quarters at 57-55. Bowie State would open the final stanza with a 11-5 run to build its largest lead of the night at 68-60 with 5:49 remaining. The Fighting Scots would not fold, however. Still trailing 70-62, they had their won seven-point run, starting with a 3-pointer by Jontay Walton. Micahela Barnes followed with a layup to make it 70-67, and Rosten's layup brought the deficit to one at 70-69 with 2:56 remaining.
A Williams 3-point play boosted the lead to 73-69 for Bowie State, but Ayana Vaughn's layup pulled the Scots to within two at 73-71 with 2:18 to play. Williams added a layup to bring it to 75-71, and with 36 seconds to go and Chatman made one of two free throws for a 76-71 lead. Rosten's jumper in the paint made it 76-73 with 30 seconds remaining, and the Fighting Scots got the ball back on a turnover.
Vaughn drove for a layup with 23 seconds to play, making it 76-75. Proctor made two free throws with 16 seconds left to make it 78-75. Jahn came down court and got a great look at a 3-pointer, but her shot went in-and-out. Chatman pulled down the rebound and was fouled. She made one of two to end the scoring.
After getting off to an extremely hot start to start the game, Edinboro ended the night shooting 47.1 percent from the floor (24-of-51). That included an 8-for-16 chart on 3-pointers, plus 19-of-24 at the line. Bowie State shot 42.0 percent from the floor (29-of-69), including 4-of-12 on 3-pointers, and was 17-of-25 at the line.
The Bulldogs held a 40-33 advantage on the glass and pulled down 16 offensive rebounds. That led to a 20-8 edge in second chance points. Edinboro committed 15 turnovers, compared to 10 for Bowie State. The Bulldogs had a 22-12 advantage in points off turnovers.
Edinboro had four players in double figures, with Jahn and Barnes leading the way with 17 points apiece. Barnes was 5-of-9 from the floor, including 3-of-5 on 3-pointers, and was a perfect 4-for-4 at the line. Jahn made 3-of-8 3-pointers and had five rebounds.
Rosten totaled 13 points and 15 rebounds to go along with four assists and a pair of blocks. Jontay Walton contributed 12 points.