The underdog No. 12 seed Florida Gulf Coast Eagles looked crossed nan tribunal astatine No. 5 seed Washington State and thought to themselves, "That don't impressment maine much." FGCU pulled disconnected nan biggest upset of nan NCAA tourney frankincense far, knocking disconnected Washington State 74-63.
FGCU elder defender Sha Carter led nan measurement for nan Eagles, going 10-for-13 from nan section and dropping 26 points successful nan victory. Senior defender Tishara Morehouse added 16 points of her ain successful nan win.
FGCU looked beardown early, taking a 17-13 lead complete Washington State astatine nan extremity of nan first quarter. Washingon State battled its measurement backmost successful nan 2nd quarter, taking a one-point lead going into halftime. That momentum didn't transportation into nan 3rd quarter. FCGU outscored Washington State 30-16 successful nan quarter, fundamentally putting nan crippled retired of scope for nan Cougars.
It was nan 2nd consecutive twelvemonth FGCU pulled disconnected an upset successful nan first information of nan tournament. The squad knocked disconnected Virginia Tech past twelvemonth earlier falling to Maryland successful nan 2nd information of nan event.
If you were fortunate capable to prime FGCU successful your bracket, bully for you. If not, well, galore consciousness your pain. Only 42 cleanable brackets are near pursuing FGCU's upset win.
Washington State was sunk by foul problem and an inefficient nighttime from prima defender Charlisse Leger-Walker, who went conscionable 2-of-11 from nan field. Leger-Walker averaged 18.1 points for nan Cougars during nan regular season. She vanished Saturday's crippled pinch 5 points.
Leger-Walker wasn't moreover connected nan tribunal erstwhile nan crippled ended. She ran into foul problem early successful nan contest, and fouled retired of nan crippled pinch complete 5 minutes to play.
The team's 2nd starring scorer during nan regular season, Bella Murekatete, besides ran into foul trouble. She vanished pinch 10 points.
In nan leadup to nan tournament, Washington State received attraction for adopting Shania Twain's anthem "Man! I consciousness for illustration a woman," arsenic their unofficial conflict song. Twain moreover tweeted astir that development, congratulating nan team connected winning nan Pac 12 title.
That storyline came to nan extremity Saturday, arsenic FGCU was still nan one opinionated erstwhile nan timepiece deed zero.