Team Headed to NAIA National Tournament (2/28/07)
the first time in the history of the women's basketball program, the Trolls
claim the conference tournament championship and advance to the NAIA National
Tournament. They earned the automatic bid to the 32-team national event
with a 73-65 victory over Cardinal Stritch University in the conference
The team will
face the University of St. Francis (IN) on Thursday, March 8, at noon in
the first round of the 16th Annual NAIA National Tournament held at the
Tyson Events Center/Gateway Arena in Sioux City, Iowa. St. Francis (26-7),
the No. 3 ranked team, received an at-large bid as the runner-up of the
Mid-Central Conference tournament.
A complete list
of the tournament pairings and brackets and can be found on the NAIA national
web site: http://naia.cstv.com/sports/w-baskbl-div2/naia-w-baskbl-div2-body.html
Trolls finished their regular season 14-16 overall and in second place
(5-3) in the conference standings. In post-season play they posted a 59-39
victory over No. 3 Judson College in the semi-final round and then defeated
No. 1 Cardinal Stritch University, 73-65, in the championship game.
"I am thrilled
with the victory," said Coach Liz Metcalfe. "It is a little unreal yet,
but is starting to sink in. I am proud of the team as they played hard
and rose to the challenge of the game."
The victory over
Cardinal Stritch (25-5) is the first win against the Wolves in eight seasons.
It also ended a 12-game winning-streak for the No. 15 nationally ranked
opponent and handed them their first home loss of the season.
conference championship game was what final games should be as no more
than five points separated the teams at any one point. With 3:30 left in
the game Cardinal Stritch scored to take a 65-64 lead. That was the last
time they held the lead and the last time they were allowed to score. The
Trolls came up with the defensive stops they needed in the remaining minutes
and were accurate from the free throw line to take control of the game
and to post the upset win.
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