SIOUX CITY, Iowa – (Box Score) No. 3 seed Southwestern (Kan.) avenges its 2013 first round loss with a 67-65 win against No. 6 Eastern Oregon in the first round of the 2014 NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball National Championship. The Moundbuilders advance to play No. 7 Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) on Friday at 10:15 a.m. CDT.
The meeting is the second-straight first round matchup for the two sides, with Eastern Oregon winning in dominant fashion, 86-54, a season ago. The NAIA postseason win is only the second in program history for the Moundbuilders and first since 2003.
Sophomore forward Jana Reichenberger led the charge for Southwestern with a game-high 15 points, including 11 points in the second half. The Wichita, Kan., native also grabbed a team-high eight rebounds in the contest.
Overall, Southwestern shot 36.4 percent from the field and 82.8 percent (24-of-29) at the free throw line. The Moundbuilders outscored Eastern Oregon, 24-9, at the free throw line and held a 45-43 edge in rebounding.
Eastern Oregon chipped away at the Southwestern lead throughout the second half, cutting the deficit to 66-65 with 1:31 remaining in the contest. Eastern Oregon had an opportunity to tie or take the lead with four second left after a Southwestern foul sent a Mountaineer to the foul line. However, both free throws were missed. Southwestern led for all but 40 seconds of the contest.
Brittney Newcomb paced Eastern Oregon with 14 points, while Nicole Redd posted her second double-double of the season with 12 points and 11 rebounds.
With the loss, Eastern Oregon is eliminated in the first round for the first time since 2010. The Mountaineers also fall to 23-10 on the season.