St. Francis (Ill.)

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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 ImageNumberNamePositionHeightYearHome Town ()
Samantha  QuigleyQuigley, Samantha Head Coach4th Season ()
Dan McCarthyMcCarthy, DanAssistant Coach4th Season ()
Mike  DelroseDelrose, Mike Assistant Coach4th Season ()
Cosmia TinesTines, CosmiaAssistant Coach8th Season ()
Jeremy KriegerKrieger, JeremyAssistant Coach2nd Season ()
Christina  Ekhomu1Ekhomu, Christina G5-5So.Bolingbrook (IL)
Angelica Osusky2Osusky, AngelicaG5-6Jr. Romeoville (IL)
Trish Stritzel3Stritzel, TrishG5-9Fr. Chicago (IL)
Charnelle Reed4Reed, CharnelleG5-10Jr.Chicago Heights (IL)
Ivana Markovic12Markovic, IvanaG5-7Fr.Wheaton (IL)
Alexis Brown13Brown, AlexisG5-7Sr.Shiloh (IL)
Kamari Jordan14Jordan, KamariF5-9Jr.Bolingbrook (IL)
Mary Rouse20Rouse, MaryG5-7Jr.Yorkville (IL)
Aysisa McCondichie23McCondichie, AysisaG5-9Fr.Richton Park (IL)
Khadija Cooley25Cooley, KhadijaG5-3Sr.Joliet (IL)
Nichole Davidson32Davidson, NicholeF5-11Fr.South Elgin (IL)
Cody Brand33Brand, CodyF/C6-0So.Woodstock (IL)
Renee Martin35Martin, ReneeG/F5-9So.Poplar Grove (IL)
Julia Huinker43Huinker, JuliaF/C6-3Fr.Des Plaines (IL)
Jordan Giddings44Giddings, JordanF6-1Jr.Rock Falls (IL)