SIOUX CITY, Iowa – (Box Score) No. 5 Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) pulled the second upset of the day, as the Wolves defeated top-seeded Jamestown (N.D.), 76-54, in second round action of the 2014 NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball National Championship, presented by State Farm. No. 7 College of the Ozarks, who knocked off No. 3 Mayville State (N.D.) in overtime earlier on Friday, is the only other lower seed to claim victory so far in the second round.
With the win, Cardinal Stritch, which was 4-5 in its last nine regular season games, advances to the round of eight for the first time since 2010. The Wolves are making their 18th all-time appearance at the event, which ranks second among the qualifiers, trailing only College of the Ozarks’ 20 trips.
Cardinal Stritch suffocated the Jamestown offensive attack, limiting the Jimmies to only 30.6 percent (19-for-62) shooting, including a 6-for-28 effort from 3-point range. Additionally, the Wolves showcased a balance offensive attack that featured eight individuals with at least two points.
Junior forward Michelle Piepenburg led all scorers with 21 points, while also grabbing 14 rebounds. The Chilton, Wis., native, was 3-for-8 from the field and 14-for-16 at the charity stripe. Joining Pienpenburg in double figures was Becky Gilbreath and Julie Raeder with 17 points each.
Jamestown was led in scoring by All-North Star Athletic Association award winner Hannah Steele’s 11 points.
With the loss, the Jimmies fall to 27-4 on the season and are eliminated in the round of 16 for the fourth-straight season.
Cardinal Stritch will play the winner of No. 2 Morningside (Iowa) and No. 3 College of Saint Mary (Neb.) at 8 p.m. CDT on Saturday.