March 22, 2008
By NAIA National Office
March 22, 2008
JACKSON, Tenn. - The second round of the 28th Annual NAIA Division I Women's Basketball Championship featured more upsets, including the elimination of two more No. 1 seeds. Union (Tenn.) University was the only No. 1 seed to advance into Saturday's quarterfinals, and they are joined by five repeat quarterfinalists as well as two teams making their program's first-ever quarterfinal appearances.
Carroll (Mont.) College and Loyola (La.) University New Orleans, both No. 4 seeds, are the first-time quarterfinal participants. Trevecca Nazarene (Tenn.) University, a No. 6 seed, is the lowest remaining seed after posting victories over the No. 2 and 3 seeds in its quarter. Fifth-seeded Lubbock Christian (Texas) University makes its second quarterfinal appearance in three years. Freed-Hardeman, one of two remaining No. 2 seeds, is making its fifth quarterfinals appearance. Union (Tenn.) University has the field's most experience at this level, advancing out of the second round for the 15th time in the program's 19 all-time appearances, although second-seeded Vanguard (Calif.) University has the field's longest current second-round win streak, advancing to its sixth consecutive quarterfinals. Lewis-Clark State, now a four-time quarterfinalist, is the only No. 3 seed left, and the Warriors are making its longest tournament run since advancing to the 2001 semifinals.
The tournament's eight second-round contests drew a total attendance of 4,560, of which 3,238 attended the evening session. The three-day attendance total now stands at 12,431.
The quarterfinal contests will begin at 2:00 pm on Saturday, March 22.
Game 17: Trevecca Nazarene (Tenn.) University posted its second straight upset victory with a 78-66 win over No. 2-seeded Langston (Okla.) University. The sixth-seeded Trojans opened the tournament by defeating No. 3 seed Southern Nazarene (Okla.). Trevecca Nazarene sank 5-of-9 three pointers in the first half to help take control of the game, and the second half started with the Trojans scoring four straight points to push their lead into double-digits for the first time in the contest. Langston pulled as close as five points, 55-50, with 9:24 left, but couldn't get any closer. The Trojans, who improve to 21-11 on the year, had five players in double figures, led by Kristin Archie's game-high 20 points. Langston, which had extended its winning streak to 27 games with their first-round win over Berry, finishes the year at 31-2 overall.
Game 18: Carroll (Mont.) College, a four-seed, posted a 62-53 win over No. 8 seed Harris-Stowe State (Mo.) University. The win for Carroll advances the Fighting Saints into uncharted territory as they get set to play in the team's first national tournament quarterfinal. Despite a game-high 24 points from Harris-Stowe State's Chanel Ross, the Hornets could only get as close as five points in the second half. They end their season with a 23-10 record after pulling off the first round upset of No. 1 seeded Oklahoma City for their first-ever national tournament win. Carroll was led by Danielle Maloney's 19-point effort, while Jolene Fuzesy and Elly Bruursema each added 11 points. Carroll is now 27-5 overall, and Harris-Stowe State's season ends with a 23-10 record.
Game 19: Senior guard Kiely Schork hit seven three-pointers, scoring all of her team-high 21 points from beyond the arc, to lead fourth-seeded Loyola (La.) University New Orleans to a 71-64 upset over first-seeded Point Loma Nazarene (Calif.) University. Schork scored 15 of her 21 points on five first-half three-pointers that helped Loyola take a 41-34 halftime edge, and the Wolfpack led by as many as 17 points at 33-16 with 8:22 to play in the opening half. Loyola improves to 28-6 and snaps Point Loma Nazarene's 23-game win streak to send the Sea Lions to a final record of 29-3.
Game 20: Senior forward Carolyn Manning scored a tournament-high 33 points to lead fifth-seeded Lubbock Christian (Texas) University to a 76-60 victory over top-seeded Lee (Tenn.) University, eliminating the third No. 1 seed from tournament. Manning was 10-of-13 from the field and made 13-of-14 free throws to lead the Lady Chaps into their second national quarterfinals in the past three seasons. She scored seven straight points in the midst of a 15-0 run that gave Lubbock Christian a 17-7 lead less than six minutes into the game. The victory lifts Lubbock Christian to 25-9 on the season, while Lee's 27-game winning streak is snapped and the Lady Flames finish the season 32-3 overall.
Game 21: Defending NAIA champion Lambuth (Tenn.) University fell to No. 2-seeded Vanguard (Calif.) University, 70-67, in a game that featured four ties and five lead changes. The result puts Vanguard into the quarterfinals for the sixth straight season, while the Lambuth defeat ended what had been the nation's longest current national tournament winning streak at six games. Vanguard used its size to its advantage, outscoring Lambuth 36-16 in the paint, with senior forward Melissa Cook leading the way with 17 points. Vanguard heads into the quarterfinals with a 26-5 record, while Lambuth finishes the year at 24-10 overall.
Game 22: Second-seeded Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) University advanced to the quarterfinals for the fourth time in the past five seasons with a 75-68 second-round victory over sixth-seeded Wiley (Texas) College. Wiley's pressure defense caused 19 Freed-Hardeman turnovers, but the Lady Lions got a 31-26 halftime lead and then made 12-of-19 (63 percent) second-half field goal attempts to hold on for the victory. Sophomore forward Jana Cross led the way with team-highs of 18 points and nine rebounds, and sophomore guard Tara Deatheridge provided an outside complement to Cross with a trio of three-pointers in a 17-point performance. Freed-Hardeman's victory gave head coach Dale Neal his 599th career coaching victory heading into Saturday's quarterfinals, where the Lady Lions, now 28-7, will take on Lubbock Christian at 6 p.m. Wiley's first-ever national tournament appearance ends with a defeat that drops the Wildcats' final overall record to 29-7.
Game 23: Union (Tenn.) University was the only No. 1 seed to advance to the quarterfinals, defeating No. 4-seeded The Master's (Calif.) College, 95-78. Freshman guard Kayla Hudson finished two rebounds short of a triple-double, scoring a game-high 23 points to go with a game-high 11 assists and eight rebounds to lead the Bulldogs into the quarterfinals for the 15th time in the program's 19 national tournament appearances. She got the Bulldogs rolling to a 15-0 run to start the game, coming up with a steal on defense and knocking down one of her five three-pointers at the other end just over a minute into the game. Union remains unbeaten through 34 games, and the Bulldogs have won 55 of their past 57 games. In national tournament play, Union has won 15 of its past 16 games. The Master's is eliminated from the national tournament by Union for the third consecutive season, and the Mustangs finish the season with a 21-12 overall record.
Game 24: The No. 3 seeded Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) Warriors kept their season alive by defeating No. 7 seed Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) College 73-61. This win puts Lewis Clark State in the quarterfinals for the fourth time in program history and first since 2001. Lewis-Clark State scored the first three points of the game on their way to a 10-point first half lead, 15-5 at the 12:29 mark of the first half. Lindsey Wilson, who had upset No. 2 seed Oklahoma Baptist in the first round, proved they still had upsets on their mind. The Blue Raiders posted a 12-2 run to cut the lead down to two points, 19-17 with 8:09 left. Lindsey Wilson stayed close, but couldn't seem to take the lead. That was until a basket from Viktoria Krell with 2:31 left in the half put the Blue Raiders up, 27-25. However, the lead would be short-lived as Lewis-Clark State closed the half with four straight points to take a 29-27 halftime lead. The Warriors were finally able to pad the lead with a 10-0 run. The Warriors stretched the lead to as many as 14 before the game ended with a 73-61 win.
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