Southern Oregon def. Antelope Valley (Calif.) - 77-66
SIOUX CITY, Iowa - (Box Score) No. 3 seeded Southern Oregon finishes with a strong final 5 minutes to push past Antelope Valley (Calif.) to move onto the second round in the ifnal game of the first day of play at the 2018 NAIA Division II Women's Basketball National Championship. 28 points from Southern Oregon's Remi Mejia led the Raiders to an opening round victory.
•The Pioneers of Antelope Valley held their own for three quarters. The Raiders led at each quarter break. The first quarter was a four point difference, the second was a three point difference, and the third was a four point difference.
•The fourth proved to be the Raiders uarter to pull ahead, as they outscored the Pioneers 19-12 in the last quarter
•Remi Mejia stole the show with a full stat line. She finished the game with 28 points, seven rebounds, three assists, and three steals for the Raiders
•Southern Oregon improved their all-time tournament record to 11-10 to jump above .500
•Both team were within one percent of each other in shooting, with Southern Oregon shooting 41.5 percent and Antelope Valley shooting 42.3 percent
•Southern Oregon will move on to face Dakota Wesleyan (N.D.) on Friday, March 9th at 1:45 P.M.
Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) def. IU-East (Ind.) - 78-62
SIOUX CITY, Iowa - (Box Score) No. 2 seeded Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) easily handles No. 7 seeded IU-East (Ind.) in the second to last game on Wednesday at the 2018 NAIA Division II Women's Basketball National Championship. The Tigers of Dakota Wesleyan's high percentage shooting from the field and the line lifted them over the Red Wolves.
•Dakota Wesleyan took an early lead in the first quarter and didn't look back. The Tigers lead for every minute of the game and outscored the Red Wolves in every quarter
•Tia King (22) and Mackenzie Campbell (19) of IU-East scored 41 of the Red Wolves 62 points. Both also led the team in rebounds with six each, and Tia led the team in assists with four
•The Tigers spread the points around, having nine different players score, and having four give scoring efforts of 13 or more
•Dakota Wesleyan shot 94 percent from the charity stripe, going an impressive 16-17 for the game. Kyendi Cheeseman led the Tigers in free throws, going 7-for-7 from the line
•Dakota Wesleyan will face off against Southern Oregon on Friday, March 9th at 1:45 P.M.
Southeastern (Fla.) def. Cornerstone (Mich.) - 69-64
SIOUX CITY, Iowa – (Box Score) Top-ranked Southeastern (Fla.) will survive and advance. Despite trailing for most of Wednesday evening’s matchup with eighth-seeded Cornerstone (Mich.), the Fire forced overtime and then escaped with a 69-64 win in the opening round of the 2018 NAIA Division II Women’s National Championships in Sioux City, Iowa.
•No. 1 Southeastern, making its fourth all-time national championships appearance, stayed unbeaten at 30-0 overall. The Fire avoided becoming the first No. 1 seed in tournament history to fall in the first round.
•The final 30 seconds of regulation provided a series of nerve-wracking moments. Jesse Sheridan’s basket with 22 seconds left gave Cornerstone a 60-58 lead. Southeastern responded with a game-tying bucket from Jaycee Coe with eight seconds remaining. Sheridan then missed on a contested driving layup just before the buzzer.
•Sheridan poured in the first two points of overtime for a short-lived Golden Eagles lead. On the ensuing possession, Kalee Printz drained a trey and the Fire never trailed again. Cornerstone was held to just two field goals in the extra session.
•Ana Richter went 7-for-8 from the floor and topped Southeastern with 18 points in addition to eight rebounds. Three of her teammates also reached double figures in scoring: Printz (12), Jaycee Coe (11) and Marlena Schmidt (10 points, nine rebounds, six assists).
•Sheridan led the way for Cornerstone with 17 points. Lizzy Otten added 14 points, seven rebounds and six assists.
•Southeastern shot 41.0 percent compared to 37.7 percent shooting by Cornerstone. Both teams turned it over 14 times. The Fire held a slight 41-39 rebound advantage.
•Southeastern team will play Indiana Wesleyan on Friday, March 9th at 12:00 P.M.
Indiana Wesleyan def. Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) - 78-65
SIOUX CITY, Iowa - (Box Score) Winner of two national titles in its program's history, Indiana Wesleyan effectively limited the nation's No. 1 scoring offense in Wednesday's first-round matchup against Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) at the NAIA Division II Women's Basketball National Championship. The No. 5 seeded Wildcats clawed the No. 4 seeded Tigers by a final score of 78-65
•Indiana Wesleyan put thei fot on the gas from the beginning and did not let. The Wildcats led the game by 25 at one point
•The Wildcats held the Tigers to 32 points below their season average of 97.2. The Tigers shot 37 percent from the field in the loss
•Nicole Ignasiak had a career night, as she poured in a career high 30 points to go alongside 12 rebounds
•Indiana Wesleyan now has 27 total wins in the tournament in program history with the win today
•Indiana Wesleyan will move on to play Southeastern (Fla.) on Friday, March 9th at 12:00 P.M.
Taylor (Ind.) def. Northwest Christian (Ore.) - 61-54
SIOUX CITY, Iowa - (Box Score) Taylor (Ind.) escaped with a win against Northwest Christian (Ore.) in the final game of the Liston Bracket’s opening round in the 2018 NAIA DII Women’s Basketball National Championship. Taylor was playing behind the entire game until a go-ahead three with 4:29 left on the clock brought Taylor (Ind.) their first lead of the game. That lead took them through the rest of the game.
•In the first quarter, Taylor shot just nine percet while Northwest Christian shot over 40 percent
•Aubrey Wright of Taylor hit the go ahead 3-pointer with 4:29 to put Taylor up for the first time in the game
•Kendall Bradbury, Josie Cobb, and Cassidy Wyse all had 13 or more points and 8 or more rebounds
•Northwest Christian played in their first ever national tournament game
•Taylor improved their all-time tournament record to 6-2
•Taylor will face No. 1 seeded Concordia (Neb.) on Friday, March 9th at 10:15 A.M.
Concordia (Neb.) def. Stillman (Ala.) - 75-52
SIOUX CITY, Iowa – (Box Score) The Bulldogs of Concordia (Neb.) continued their dominance of the regular season against Stillman (Ala.) in the opening round of the 2018 NAIA DII Women’s Basketball National Championship tournament. Philly Lammer's double-double paved the way for the dominant performance.
•Concordia was winning by 11 at the end of the first quarter
•The second quarter was owned by Concordia, winning it 21-6
•Philly Lammers finished the game with 10 rebounds and 16 points for a double-double
•Stillman played in their first-ever national tournament game ever
•11 different players scored for the Bulldogs
•Concordia will face off against Taylor (Ind.) on Friday, March 9th at 10:15 A.M.
Jamestown (N.D.) def. Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) - 65-51
SIOUX CITY, Iowa – (Box Score) The Jamestown (N.D.) Jimmies have defeated the Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) Wolves in a first-round battle of At-Large bids. The Jimmies jumped out to a commanding 11-point lead after the first quarter and never looked back in the second game of the 2018 NAIA DII Women’s Basketball National Championship.
•Jamestown opened the game shoting 67 percent in the first quarter and led 22-11 heading into the second
•Throuhgout the game, the Jimmies were able to hold a lead, only letting the Wolves reduce the lead to eight at one point
•McKayla Orr lead the game in scoring with 15
•The Jimmies shot over 47 percent from the field in the game
•Jamestown will play Indiana Tech on Friday, March 9th at 8:30 A.M.
Indiana Tech def. Bryan (Tenn.) - 76-60
SIOUX CITY, IOWA – (Box Score) No. 3-seeded Indiana Tech dominated the first quarter and then held off a third-period push from No. 6-seeded Bryan (Tenn.) in the opening game of the 2018 NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball National Championships. The Warriors earned their fourth all-time victory on the national stage, winning by a final of 76-60 early on Wednesday morning.
•Bryan had to play catch up after shooting 1-15 from the floor in the first quarter, leading to a 23-7 lead for the Warriors.
•Later in the game, a 20-5 scoring run the Lady Lion of Bryan helped pull the score to within 5, but the Warriors took over and finished the game ahead by 16
•Keanna Gary pulling down 15 board, as well as double-digit scoring efforts from all five starters helped lead the Warriors to victory
•Indiana Tech imporves to 4-5 all-time in tournament play
•Indiana Tech will play Jamestown (N.D.) on Friday, March 9th at 8:30 A.M.