Ave Maria enters the tournament following a 24-11 regular season and winning The Sun Conference Tournament. The Gyrenes are making just their second trip to the National Championship after making it to Sioux City two years ago. Ave Maria relies on outside shooting as they rank seventh in the country in 3-pt field goals made with 272. Tamica Mora leads the team with 12.5 points per game with Annie Artise following closely behind with a 12.4 point per game average. Artise is also the leading rebounder on the team with an average of 8.4 rebounds per contest.