St. Francis (Ill.) comes into the National Championship with a 28-4 record, following a 17-2, second place showing in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference. The Fighting Saints are lead by CCAC Coach of the Year Samantha Quigley, who is in her fourth year as coach and is making her first appearance in the Championship.
The Fighting Saints have been somewhat of a surprise story this year, coming into the season unranked before starting the season 9-0 and climbing their way to a Coaches’ Poll Top 5 ranking by January 12. They would stay in the top 5 for the rest of the regular season. The Saints enter the Championship at #6 in the Coaches’ Poll after a CCAC Tournament semifinal berth, where they fell to #19 St. Ambrose, 79-69.
St. Francis is led by 5-10 junior guard Charnelle Reed, who leads the team in both points (17.6 PPG) and rebounds (7.6 RPG). 5-5 sophomore Christina Ekhomu is the team’s leading assister, averaging 3.6 per game. As a team, the Fighting Saints are the second best three point shooting team by percentage in the nation, connecting on 38% of their shots from behind the arc. They were also a part of this season’s highest scoring game, a 128-125 winning effort over Olivet Nazarene.
This is the Fighting Saints’ second appearance in the National Championship, their first since dropping down from Division I to Division II prior to the 2012-13 season.
University of Saint Francis (Illinois) 2016 Roster
|Player Image||Number||Name||Position||Height||Year||Home Town ()|
|Quigley, Samantha||Head Coach||4th Season||()|
|McCarthy, Dan||Assistant Coach||4th Season||()|
|Delrose, Mike||Assistant Coach||4th Season||()|
|Tines, Cosmia||Assistant Coach||8th Season||()|
|Krieger, Jeremy||Assistant Coach||2nd Season||()|
|1||Ekhomu, Christina||G||5-5||So.||Bolingbrook (IL)|
|2||Osusky, Angelica||G||5-6||Jr.||Romeoville (IL)|
|3||Stritzel, Trish||G||5-9||Fr.||Chicago (IL)|
|4||Reed, Charnelle||G||5-10||Jr.||Chicago Heights (IL)|
|12||Markovic, Ivana||G||5-7||Fr.||Wheaton (IL)|
|13||Brown, Alexis||G||5-7||Sr.||Shiloh (IL)|
|14||Jordan, Kamari||F||5-9||Jr.||Bolingbrook (IL)|
|20||Rouse, Mary||G||5-7||Jr.||Yorkville (IL)|
|23||McCondichie, Aysisa||G||5-9||Fr.||Richton Park (IL)|
|25||Cooley, Khadija||G||5-3||Sr.||Joliet (IL)|
|32||Davidson, Nichole||F||5-11||Fr.||South Elgin (IL)|
|33||Brand, Cody||F/C||6-0||So.||Woodstock (IL)|
|35||Martin, Renee||G/F||5-9||So.||Poplar Grove (IL)|
|43||Huinker, Julia||F/C||6-3||Fr.||Des Plaines (IL)|
|44||Giddings, Jordan||F||6-1||Jr.||Rock Falls (IL)|