teams learn of NAIA
State College women’s and men’s basketball
teams will both open NAIA national
tournament play next Thursday as the 32-team
fields for both tournaments were announced
The LCSC women,
which will play their tournament in Jackson,
Tenn., received one of four No. 2 seeds in
the tournament and will open play against
Columbia College in Missouri at 8:45 a.m.,
PDT. The Warrior women are 30-2 on the
season, while the Cougars are 26-7 and were
ranked No. 27 in the final NAIA poll, which
came out at the end of February, prior to
conference tournaments. The Warriors were
No. 2 in that poll.
On the men’s
side, which is seeded different than the
women and ranks teams No. 1-32, the Warriors
drew the No. 14 seed at 26-6, and will take
on No. 19 seed Northwestern Oklahoma, 20-11,
at 6 p.m., PDT in Kansas City, Mo. LCSC was
ranked No. 16 in the final NAIA poll, while
the Rangers were No. 24.
both Warrior teams would play on Friday. The
women would play the winner of the
Cumberland (Tenn.)-Azusa Pacific contest at
10:30 a.m., while the men will face the
winner of No. 3 seed Georgetown (Kent.) and
Xavier (La.) at 6 p.m. The quarterfinals in
both tournaments are March 17, while the
semifinals are March 19, and the
championship games are March 20.
women are playing in their 11th national
tournament in the past 12 years and this is
their 16th straight season with 20-plus
wins. The 30 victories this season is the
second-best single season win total. With
three wins at the tournament, LCSC will tie
the all-time season win record of 33, set
during the 2000-01 season.
College finished second in the American
Midwest Conference with an 11-3 mark and
fell to No. 4 seed Harris Stowe St. in the
championship game of the AMC tournament.
Columbia has a majority of seniors on its
team. The Cougars are averaging 78.7 points
per game and allowing 68.6. The team is
shooting 42.7 percent from the field, 29.4
percent from the 3-point line and 69.9
percent at the foul line. The team also has
forced 740 turnovers, but committed 671.
a 5-foot-9 junior guard, leads the team in
scoring at 18.6 points per game and is
second in rebounds at 5.71. LeAnn Fossum, a
6-0 senior forward, is averaging 13.3 points
per game, while Whitney Widaman, a 5-6
freshman guard, is hitting for 11.8 points
are averaging 78.2 points per game, but are
only allowing 59.0. LCSC also has forced 716
turnovers this season and committed 550. The
Warriors are shooting 45.9 percent from the
field 36 percent from the 3-point line, and
68.7 percent from the foul line.
and Cougars have no common opponents this
The LCSC men’s
basketball team does have one common
opponent with the Rangers, and it’s the No.
2 team in the country, Oklahoma City
University. The Warriors lost to Oklahoma
City 79-51 in a tournament at Lewiston in
November, and OCU beat the Rangers 81-50 in
early January. However, in their second
meeting, as well as in the Sooner Athletic
Conference Tournament, the Rangers defeated
OCU 69-60 and 69-62 for OCU’s only two
losses this season.
appear to be peaking at the right time as
they have won seven of their last nine
games. They finished fourth in the
conference at 10-8, including just 2-7 on
Oklahoma is average 68.8 points per game and
is allowing 64.1. The Rangers are shooting
44.2 percent from the field and 34.1 percent
from the 3-point line.
Warriors, the Rangers use several players in
games. Tramain Davis, a 6-5 senior forward,
leads the team in scoring and rebounding at
12.6 points and 6.0 boards per game. Gary
Nunez, a 6-7 senior center, is at 10.6
points, followed by 5-10 freshman guard
Brandon Brown at 10.3 points, and Shane
Hansen, a 6-4 junior guard, at 10.0 points.
men are making their sixth national
appearance, and third in the last six years.
The 26 wins are the second most in a season,
trailing only 31 set by the 2003-04 teams.
LCSC has made
its mark defensively this year. The team is
second in the NAIA in fewest points allowed
per game at 60.3, and is fourth in 3-point
field goal percentage at 30.6. LCSC is also
outscoring opponents by an average of 17.6
points per game, which ranks third in the
athletic department will hold an informal
send-off party for both Warrior teams on
Sunday at 5 p.m. on the East Mezzanine
inside the LCSC Activity Center.
Free food and
beverages will be provided and the event is
open to the public. There will be sandwiches
from Subway, salads, and assorted items to
qualified for their respective national
tournaments and will leave for nationals
early next week.
coaches from both teams will be in