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One last shot

March 12, 2013

Fans at the NAIA Division II Women's National Basketball Championship this week saw an amazing act of sportsmanship from one NAIA school to another.

Kela Cihak, a senior point guard for Briar Cliff University (Iowa), was done for the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), her team down by 14 with 23 seconds to go in her collegiate basketball career.

The Briar Cliff coaching staff plans to put Cihak on the court for just a few seconds, so she will have played in the 2013 national championship before her career concludes. Then the Indiana Wesleyan University coaches figure out what's happening. Indiana Wesleyan's coach, Steve Brooks, calls a timeout and talks to his players and to Briar Cliff's head coach. The Wildcats will allow Cihak the chance to score.

Cihak seized the opportunity, making her final two points of a 1,004-point career. The Wildcats win, 69-57, and Coach Mike Power has just one word for his opposing coach-"classy."


See the full story in the Sioux City Journal