PHILADELPHIA Tenth-seeded Temple upset seventh-seeded Xavier 52-45 in the first round of the Atlantic 10 women’s tournament at Saint Joseph’s Hagen Hall.
Victoria Macaulay scored 12 points and hauled in a game-high 14 rebounds to help lead the Owls to a quarterfinal matchup with the second-seeded Charlotte 49ers at 5 p.m. Saturday.
The Owls improved to 13-17, while Xavier fell to 13-16.
Rateska Brown came off the bench to score a game-high 14 points, while Natasha Thames scored 10 points on 4-of-6 shooting and hauled in eight rebounds. Tyonna Williams scored nine points for Temple to go along with four assists.
Xavier got off to a hot start, taking a 12-3 advantage on a 3-pointer by Aliyah Zantt with 16 minutes, 24 seconds to play in the first half.
Temple responded by scoring 14 unanswered points, taking a 17-12 advantage with just over 11 minutes to go.
Xavier was able to fight back and cut its deficit to two points at 19-17 before Temple scored nine of the final 12 points to take a 28-20 lead at the break.
With Temple leading 28-25 early in the second half, the Owls went on an 18-3 run, pushing their lead to 46-28 after a Williams 3-pointer with 8:35 left.
Ashley Wanninger scored 13 points for Xavier and Amber Gray added 11.
Duquesne 64, Virginia Commonwealth 58: The fifth-seeded Dukes (23-6) got 15 points off the bench from Orsi Nurkic to defeat 12th-seeded Virginia Commonwealth (11-19). Duquesne will face fourth-seeded Saint Joseph’s at 2:30 p.m. Saturday in the quarterfinals.
VCU came out strong, taking an eight-point lead when Janniina Koivunen drained a 3-pointer that made it 24-16 with fewer than eight minutes to play in the first-half. But an April Robinson 3 on Duquesne’s next possession pulled the Dukes within five and sparked what proved to be a 14-6 run to close the half at 30-29 in favor of Duquesne.
Duquesne opened the second half with an 11-1 run, jumping in front 40-31 when Wumi Agunbiade knocked down a jumper with 17:50 to play in the game.
VCU rallied and was able to trim the to deficit to just one when a bucket by Robyn Parks made the score 50-49 with eight minutes to go.
George Washington 59, Richmond 53: The eighth-seeded Colonials (14-15) defeated the ninth-seeded Spiders (16-15). George Washington will take on top-seed Dayton (26-1) at noon Saturday in the quarterfinals.
The Colonials had three players in double figures, paced by Danni Jackson’s 13. George Washington made 22 of 50 shots while Richmond made just 18 of 64.
Saint Louis 44, Butler 41: The 11th-seeded Billikens (12-18) upset the sixth-seeded Bulldogs (17-13). Saint Louis advanced to play third-seeded Fordham at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in quarterfinal action.
The two teams combined for just 10 field goals in the first half with a Mandy McDivitt 3-pointer at the buzzer giving the Bulldogs an 18-10 lead at the break.