Billings, Mont. - The Semi-finals 2019 NAIA Division I Women’s Basketball National Championship, presented by Visit Billings featured dramatic moments and stellar play as Montana Western and Oklahoma city punched their tickets to the championship game.
The Bulldogs used an improbable comeback, which saw a buzzer beater to send the game into overtime to punch the school’s first national championship appearance.
After trailing late Bri King hit a three at the horn to send the game to OT. Montana Western used the momentum to secure the 78-71 win.
• Bri King hit a corner three at the buzzer to send the game to overtime as the Bulldogs overcame a six-point deficit over the final 40 seconds.
• The Bulldogs opened overtime with a three-point play and the momentum switched as the Bulldogs advance to the programs first-ever national title game.
• The Bulldogs were led by the WBCA’s player of the Year Bri King. King dropped 39 points and seven rebounds. Cierra Lamey added a 14 point 12 rebound double-double.
• Two Lions recorded double-doubles, Haylee Croom (32 points, 13 rebounds) and Carrie Hatchel (14 points, 10 rebounds)
The Stars of Oklahoma City are no strangers to the championship game, As they are making their third title game appearance in four years.
The Stars pulled away late to secure the win in the semifinals. Four players scored in double figures led by Nashyla Hammons 17 rebound, 11 point double-double.
• Oklahoma City used a strong four quarter to advance to the national championship game for the third time in four years.
• The Stars had four players score in double figures led by Abby Selzer’s 20 points, and NaShyla Hammons 11 point 17 rebound double-double.
• The Saintshad four players score in double-figures led by Destinee King’s 18 point, 12 rebound double-double.
• The Stars shot 43.6 percent from the floor and had 14 assists on 24 made field goals.