WBIT Inaugural Semifinals Huge Success


Villanova/Illinois Claim Wins at Hinkle

by: Steven Stremming/Excel H Sports/USBWA

 In the first semifinal Villanova came out of the half leading 26 to 24 and determined to extend their lead.

To that, Lucy Olsen, who never left the floor sized up Penn State and delivered big baskets and timely passing to her teammates who took those passes and scored.

Olsen was key all game for the Wildcats who now has improved to a 22 and 12 record as she scored 21 points on six of sixteen from the floor, three of five from behind the arc and a perfect six of six at the line. But Olsen wasn’t done as she also accounted for six boards, six assists and four steals. Olsen also blocked three Nittany Lions shots.

Not to be overlooked was Olsen’s running mate, Kaitlyn Orihel who scored 13 points on five of nine from the floor and grabbing five rebounds.

Bella Runyan also scored double-figures with ten points for Villanova.

Villanova had 16 assists on 20 made field goals.

Penn State made a furious fourth quarter comeback but the Cats seventeen to nine margin in the third quarter was too much to counter.

Penn State ends their season twenty-two and thirteen mark.

Leading the way for the Lions was Leilani Kapinus with a solid 18-point afternoon and thirteen rebounds.

Ashley Owusu was the only other Nittany Lion in double figures with 11 but was a two of eleven from the floor.

(The following is courtesy of the WBIT)

A transcript with: Penn State Nittany Lions, Carolyn Kieger, Leilani Kapinus, Makenna Marisa


A transcript with: Villanova Wildcats, Denise Dillon, Lucy Olsen, Kaitlyn Orihel


Game Two saw another B1G Ten team in action as the Illinois Illini faced Washington State of the PAC 12.

The Illini of Head Coach Shauna Green came out on fire which was led by the combination of Seniors, Makira Cook and Genesis Bryant as they peppered the Hinkle Fieldhouse twines.

While Cook and Bryant were controlling the action it was time to bring in Junior Adalia McKenzie who was just as effective in building a lead they would never relinquish.

As the Illini guards were scoring at will, Senior Kendall Bostic was controlling the paint area with superior defense on the Cougars posts.

None of the Cougars post players scored in double figures for the game.

For the Illini Cook led the scoring with 20 on eight of thirteen from the floor and a perfect three of three from behind the arc. Cook also handed out five assists.

Genesis Bryant added eighteen on seven of eleven from the floor and Adalia McKenzie adding 14 in support on six of ten from the floor.

Camille Hobby added 12 points and eight boards.

Bostic recorded seven points, nine boards and four assists for the Illini.

Washington State was led by Astera Tuhina, a Sophomore from Kosovo with 20 points on an outstanding seven of ten from the floor that also included five of six from three-point land.

Eleonora Villa, a Freshman from Leisone, Italy added fourteen in support.

(The following is courtesy of WBIT)

A transcript with: Washington State Cougars, Kamie Ethridge, Astera Tuhina, Eleonora Villa



A transcript with: Illinois Fightin’ Illini, Shauna Green, Makira Cook, Camille Hobby, Genesis Bryant





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