(1) Saint Xavier (Ill.) vs (2) College of the Ozarks (Mo.)
After the Dust settled from the NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball National Championship quarterfinals, all the No. 1 seed teams advanced to the semifinals after the Saint Xavier Cougars dismantled the College of the Ozarks (Mo.) Bobcats 69-53 Saturday night.
The first quarter saw the Cougars (33-2) come out strong with juniors Brittany Collins and Kara Krolicki, who scored eight points, and freshman Chanel Fanter with six points. The Cougars’ defense got in the head of the Bobcats’ (28-5) offense, that got outscored 22-9, and allowed Collins to get 11 rebounds in the quarter.
Offensive woes continued for the Bobcats who fell behind by 24 points before scoring for the first time in the second quarter almost four minutes in. After this, the offense heated up and got the deficit down to 10 going into the halftime, down 36-26.
Third quarter started out with the Cougars offense being dominant again, as they got their lead back up to 15 with a Collins shot in the paint. With a minute left in the quarter, Cougars’ senior Mikayla Leyden made a free throw that got the Cougars lead up to 21.
The Bobcats would make one last push toward the Cougars, but for naught, as the Cougars would take the decisive 69-53 win over the Bobcats to advance to the semifinals. Collins would finish the game with an astounding 21 points and 23 rebounds.
The Bobcats finish the season with a respectable 28-5 record, whereas the Cougars advance to play a very tough Concordia team on Monday. Tipoff is set for 8 p.m. and will be broadcasted on ESPN3.