teams learn of NAIA
State College women’s will open NAIA
national tournament play next Thursday
College of Missouri at 8:45 a.m., PDT.
which will play
its tournament in Jackson, Tenn.,
received one of four No. 2 seeds in the
tournament. 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.
With a victory, LCSC
would play the
winner of the Cumberland (Tenn.)-Azusa
Pacific contest at 10:30 a.m.,
The quarterfinals are March 17, while the
semifinals are March 19, and the
is March 20.
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