No. 6 Davenport (Mich.) shot 53% against No. 25 College of Saint Mary (Neb.) in the first round matchup on Thursday of the NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball National Championship, for a 96-59 victory over the Flames.
Davenport started the game on a 7-0 run, but College of Saint Mary answered right back and with 14 minutes to go in the first half. Davenport found themselves down 11-10. The Panthers had an answer and started to pull away late in the half, as Kendra Cook extended Davenport’s lead to 13 with one minute to go in the first half. Going into halftime, Davenport led 39-29.
The Panthers shooting heated up as the ten point lead was extended to 18 points, 55-37, six minutes into the second half. College of Saint Mary had no answer for the Panthers, who shot 58.8 percent from the floor in the second half. Davenport saw its lead grow to as many as 37, the largest of the game for Davenport.
Despite forcing No. 21 Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) into 27 turnovers in the game, the Wolves upset No. 9 Concordia (Neb.), 66-60. The Wolves avenged its 21-point loss to the Bulldogs in the second round of last year’s championship.
Cardinal Stritch and Concordia were locked up in a back and forth battle as the game was tied nine times and there were nine lead changes. The seesaw battle continued in the second half and with the game tied at 60, Liz Neitzel hit a jumper to put the Wolves up two and her teammate, Julie Raeder secured the win for the Wolves by hitting four free throws to cap of a 66-60 upset over Concordia.