ncaa-basketball-MTSU women-defeat Vanderbilt in WNIT round of 16

MURFREESBORO — Middle Tennessee State women’s basketball senior Dor Saar isn’t afraid to take a 3-pointer.

Her 83 made 3s this season, which rank sixth all-time at MTSU in a single season, are indicative of that.

Numbers 82 and 83 were two of the biggest in her career, as she helped lead the Lady Raiders (26-7) to a come-from-behind 55-53 win over Vanderbilt in the round of 16 of the WNIT on Thursday at Murphy Center.

The Lady Raiders (26-7) will play at Toledo in the quarterfinals Monday at 6 pm CT. Toledo beat Marquette 92-82 to advance.

“I have confidence in my shots, and my teammates do a good job finding me,” said Saar, whose 3-pointer near the end of the third quarter put MTSU ahead 43-41. She knocked down another early in the fourth to extend the lead to 46-41 after MTSU had trailed by as much as 11 in the first half.

The work she’s put in from behind the arc is something that helps Saar’s confidence. Her teammates are quick to point that out.

Vanderbilt guard De'Mauri Flournoy (13) tries to steal the ball from MTSU guard Dor Saar (15) during the third round of the Women's National Invitation Tour, on Thursday, March 24, 2022, at Murphy Center in Murfreesboro, Tenn.

“I just think it comes down to I work every day on those shots,” said Sarr, the 5-foot-6 graduate transfer and Israel native. “Some people tell me, ‘Wow, those shots are crazy.’ It seems to you crazy, but I work on those every day.”

“When she says every day, she means every day,” added teammate Keseniya Malashka.

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