Davenport Advances to Second-Straight Fab Four
SIOUX CITY, Iowa – (Box Score) Defending national runner-up Davenport (Mich.) returns to the Fab Four for the second-straight season, as the No. 1 seeded Panthers knocked off No. 2 Hastings (Neb.), 70-52, in the quarterfinals of the 2014 NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball National Championship, presented by State Farm.
Davenport, which has reached the semifinals in three of the last four years, improves to 7-7 all-time against Great Plains Athletic Conference opponents. Prior to tonight’s contest, the Panthers had never faced Hastings at the national championship.
The Panthers were led by Alison Bouman’s 18 points and 11 rebounds, however arguably more impressive was the 14 points by sophomore forward Tiesha Stokes. Stokes entered the game 13 points shy of 1,000 career points in only two seasons with Davenport. The 5-foot-10 Grand Rapids, Mich., native eclipsed the mark with 58 second remaining in the second half on a layup following a Hastings turnover.
Davenport took a 22-10 lead with seven minutes left in the first half on a Kia Frazier steal and score, however the lead would not last. Hastings, which had struggled against the aggressive Panther defense to this point, closed the half on a 20-8 run, capped by Shanelle Farmer’s two-pointer as time expired, which tied the game at 30.
Davenport outshot the Broncos, 42.9 percent to 34.3 percent, but trailed in the rebounding category, 27-18, in the opening 20 minutes.
The game remained close over the course of the initial eight minutes of the second half. However, a 19-4 run by Davenport made it a 15-point, 63-48, game following a pair of Frazier free throws. Hastings cut the deficit to 13 on the next possession, but was never able to pull close than that.
Overall, Davenport shot 46.7 percent (28-for-60) from the field, while its defense limited Hastings to a 31.3 percent (21-for-67) success rate from the field and forced 21 turnovers.
Junior guard Jamie Van Kirk paced the Broncos with a game-high 23 points, while Laurel Zwiener grabbed 16 boards and had four blocks.
With the loss, Hastings falls to 28-6 on the season.
The Panthers will face the winner No. 7 College of the Ozarks (Mo.) Monday at 8 p.m. CDT. That semifinal contest will be broadcast live on ESPN3.