by Russell Heitmann (1) Saint Xavier (Ill.) vs (4) Friends (Kan.) A trio of monumental individual achievements for the Saint Xavier (Ill.) Cougars took place in the final second round game of the 2017 NAIA DII Women’s National Basketball Championship. In addition to defeating the Friends University (Kan.) Falcons, 96-66, three Cougars — Brittany Collins,
(2) College of the Ozarks (Mo.) vs (3) Morningside (Iowa) The College of the Ozarks Bobcats took on the Morningside Mustangs on Friday, March 10 in the second round of the 2017 NAIA Div. II Women’s Basketball Championship. Neither team could ever gain much of a lead, and when they did, it was never insurmountable.
(1) Marian (Ind.) vs (5) IU East (Ind.) In a game filled with flashy offense and stellar defense, Marian took down the No. 5 seeded Indiana University East Red Wolves. The Knights finished with five players in double figures, led by Jessica Almedia’s 19 points. IU East’s Keragan Niehoff led the Red Wolves with 18