Last season, head coach Mike Power (16th season) and the Briar Cliff Chargers advanced to the semifinal round of the NAIA DII Women’s Basketball National Championship. The Chargers were one of four Great Plains Athletic Conference schools to make the semis, and looked poised for another solid run this year. The Chargers are currently ranked No. 15 going into nationals with a 22-9 (14-8) record, earning key wins over then No. 7 Tabor, then No. 15 College of Saint Mary, then No. 10 Jamestown, then No. 13 Dakota Wesleyan, and two wins over Concordia, once when Concordia was ranked No. 13, then when it was ranked No. 17.
Briar Cliff picked up some key losses along the way, one to a Midland Warriors team that sat in the bottom of the Great Plains Athletic Conference, and three 15-point plus losses to No. 1 overall seed Morningside College.
The Chargers are No. 4 in NAIA DII in steals per game with 12.3, and No. 4 in NAIA DII in turnover margin (6.903).
Senior guard Jessi Corrick leads the team in points per game with 14.4 to go along with her team-high 4.4 assists per game. In terms of rebounds, junior forward Morgan Hansen leads the team with 4.7 per game. Corrick also ranks No. 12 in NAIA DII with 137 assists on the season and No. 14 in NAIA DII in assists per game (4.419).
Briar Cliff University (Iowa) 2016 Roster
|Player Image||Number||Name||Position||Height||Year||Home Town ()|
|Power, Mike||Head Coach||()|
|Kristensen, Angela||Assistant Coach||()|
|Davis, Mike||Assistant Coach||()|
|Seene, Stephanie||Student Assistant||()|
|1||Corrick, Jessi||G||5-6||Sr.||Esko (MN)|
|3||Blake, Kaylee||C||6-2||Jr.||Manning (IA)|
|4||Henschke, Lexi||G||5-5||Sr.||Pender (NE)|
|5||Vasa, Taylor||C||6-0||Fr.||Keystone (NE)|
|10||Kay, Emily||G||5-3||Sr.||Warner (S.D.)|
|11||Shipley, McKenzie||G||5-3||Sr.||State Center (IA)|
|12||Grimshaw, Erin||F||5-10||Fr.||Mission (S.D.)|
|15||Targy, Julie||G||5-5||So.||Bellevue (NE)|
|20||Fuller, Alex||G||5-8||Sr.||Dakota Dunes (S.D.)|
|21||Wagner, Taylor||G||5-9||Fr.||Harlan (IA)|
|22||Dewberry, Annie||F||5-9||So.||Kansas City (MO)|
|23||Hickman, Kylee||G||5-2||So.||Sioux City (IA)|
|25||Twedt, Kristen||F||5-9||So.||Hudsen (SD)|
|33||Beals, Sydney||F||5-10||Jr.||State Center (IA)|
|42||Hansen, Morgan||F||5-9||Jr.||South Sioux City (NE)|
|44||Beaulieu, Taylor||G||5-9||Fr.||Dakota Dunes (SD)|