SIOUX CITY, Iowa – Four teams punched their ticket to the semifinals of the 2021 NAIA Women’s Basketball National Championship, presented by Bomgaars.
Thomas More (Ky.) will face home town team Morningside (Iowa) Monday, March 22 at 6 p.m. No. 11 Indiana Wesleyan will look for another upset against No. 2 Westmont (Calif.) at 8 p.m. in the Tyson Events Center.
The first 12 games of the national championship will be video-streamed live at www.NAIANetwork.com, the NAIA’s official video-streaming platform powered by Stretch Internet. The semifinals on March 22 at 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. central as well as the championship final on March 23 at 7:00 p.m. central will air on ESPN3. All video is produced by Hastings Media.
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Game 1 Highlights
No. 1 Thomas More (Ky.) def. No. 9 Dakota State (S.D.) 72-47 in the quarterfinals of the NAIA Women’s Basketball Championship to punch their ticket to their first semifinals. | Box Score
Thomas More wasted no time getting things started. The Saints outscored the Trojans 21-4 after the opening frame to propel themselves to the semifinal round.
Thomas More improves to 3-0 all-time in the NAIA tournament. Dakota State falls to 7-7.
Summer Secrist and Taylor Clos led the Saints with 12 points apiece. Alexah Chrisman and Briana McNutt each added 10 points.
Courtney Menning scored 12 points and Jessi Giles added 11 for the Trojans.
Game 2 Highlights
No. 2 Westmont (Calif.) def. No. 7 Clarke (Iowa) 90-68 in the quarterfinals of the NAIA Women’s Basketball Championship to punch their ticket to their fourth trip to the semifinals. | Box Score
Westmont was led by a trio of 20-point scorers and shot 50.7 percent from the field including 50 percent from beyond the arc.
Westmont made 13 3-point field goals.
Westmont improves to 21-13 all-time in the NAIA tournament. Clarke falls to 4-4.
Iyree Garrett (25), Stefanie Berberabe (23) and Lauren Tsuneishi (21) led the offensive attack for the Warriors.
Emma Liddicoat recorded a 12 point, 10 rebounds double-double to led the Pride. Makenna Haase and Tina Ubl each added 11 points.
Game 3 Highlights
No. 11 Indiana Wesleyan def. No. 3 Campbellsville (Ky.) 65-53 in the quarterfinals of the NAIA Women’s Basketball Championship to punch their ticket to their fourth trip to the semifinals. | Box Score
Campbellsville used a 13-4 third quarter to take a three-point lead heading into the fourth quarter only to see Indiana Wesleyan turn the tables on the Tigers by outscoring them 20-2 through the first eight minutes of the final frame.
Indiana Wesleyan shot 53.3 percent from the field.
Indiana Wesleyan improves to 32-14 all-time in the NAIA tournament. Campbellsville falls to 33-28.
Dayton Groninger scored a game-high 23 points and added nine rebounds for the Wildcats. Jordan Reid scored 12 points, eight rebounds and Anne Secrest added 11 points and eight boards.
Savannah Gregory led the Tigers with 14 points and nine rebounds. Sammy Rogers added 13 points.
Game 4 Highlights
No. 5 Morningside (Iowa) def. No. 13 Concordia (Neb.) 83-67 in the quarterfinals of the NAIA Women’s Basketball Championship to punch their ticket to their eighth trip to the semifinals. | Box Score
The Mustangs shot 64.3 percent in the second half and fended any push the Bulldogs had down the stretch to advance to the next round.
Morningside improves to 42-15 all-time in the NAIA tournament. Concordia falls to 37-18.
Sierra Mitchell scored 26 points and Taylor Rodenburgh scored 20 for the Mustangs.
Both Taylor Cockerill (17p-13r) and Rylee Pauli (11p-10r) recorded double-doubles for the Bulldogs. Kayla Luebbe added 15 points.