March 10, 2012
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SIOUX CITY, Iowa – (Box Score) NAIA All-American and Midwest Collegiate Conference Player of the Year Jennifer Jorgensen added yet another accomplishment to her astounding basketball career at Grand View (Iowa). The senior guard moved past the 2,000 career point mark on Friday on the way to lifting the Vikings to a 73-57 second-round victory over Corban (Ore.) at the State Farm-NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball National Championship.
Jorgensen, the leading scorer on the season among individuals from all 32 qualifying teams, busted loose for 33 points, 15 rebounds and six steals. She shot 11-for-21 from the field and 11-for-12 from the free throw line in 38 minutes of play. Morgan Hamner complimented the play of Jorgensen with 18 points down low for Grand View.
Emily Tsugawa paced Corban with 16 points and six assists as the Warriors, who picked up their first tournament victory in school history on Thursday, fell to 24-8.
Corban jumped out to a four point lead at the 16:07 mark of the first half after a bucket in the paint by Tara Vanweerdhuizen. The Warriors led by four as late as the 13:08 mark before Grand View took control with a 13-2 run, including seven points from Jorgensen during that stretch. The Vikings never trailed again and pulled away late as Jorgensen padded her stat totals in the final minutes.
Grand View (30-5) will greet second-ranked Concordia (Neb.) in the quarterfinals at 8 p.m. on Saturday. Concordia cruised to a 69-48 win over Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) earlier on Friday.
Saturday’s action picks up at 1 p.m. CST when Indiana Wesleyan and Northwestern (Iowa) face off. Just eight teams remain alive in the hunt for the national championship. View the updated bracket here.