March 08, 2012
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Sioux City, Iowa – (Box Score) No. 11 Ave Maria (Fla.) fell short in its aim to capture victory in its first-ever appearance at the State Farm-NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball National Championship on Thursday. No. 24 Eastern Oregon, powered by the work of Jorie Freeman and Korrie Bourn on the boards, came away with a 66-58 win at the Tyson Events Center.
The duo of Freeman and Bourn combined for 24 rebounds. Bourn also chipped in 14 points on the way to a double-double. Kyle Miller posted a game-high 18 points for the victorious Mountaineers, who won for the first time at the national tournament since a 52-49 triumph over Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) in the first round of the 2008 tournament.
Ave Maria had four players in double-figures in scoring, led by Emily Huber’s 12 points. Erika Derks (11), Tamica Mora (11) and Amy Myler (10) followed closely behind Hubert for the Lady Gyrenes, who shot only 31.8 percent as a team.
Eastern Oregon (24-8) will move on to the second round and will be pitted against Concordia (Mich.). Concordia defeated Huntington (Ind.) 69-60 in Thursday’s first game.