Moraga, Calif. — Chanise Baldwin scored on an offensive rebound with 1.8 seconds left to lift Eastern Michigan past Saint Mary’s, 74-73, Thursday in the first round of the women’s National Invitation Tournament.
After Cha Sweeney’s jumper gave Eastern Michigan a 72-71 lead with 26 seconds left, Devyn Galland (25 points) answered with a bucket to put Saint Mary’s back on top, 73-72, with 14 seconds left.
On the Eagles’ ensuing possession, Sweeney missed a jumper but forced a jump ball to maintain possession.
Then with four seconds remaining, Sweeney missed another jumper that led to Baldwin’s winning putback.
A desperation shot by Saint Mary’s Sydney Raggio rolled off the rim as time expired.
Sweeney finished with 19 points for the Eagles (22-11), who advance to face TCU at 7 p.m. Saturday in the second round. Baldwin and Janay Morton each scored 16, and Phillis Webb added 11.
IUPUI 63, Central Michigan 55: Tinara Moore scored 15, Reyna Frost had 12 points and 11 rebounds and Presley Hudson scored 11 for the Chippewas (22-11), who shot 30.5 percent from the field.