Billings, Mont. - Day three of 2019 NAIA Division I Women’s Basketball National Championship, presented by Visit Billings saw teams battling for a spot in the quarterfinals.
Both defending champion Freed-Hardeman, The Masters, and Campbellsville came away with big wins. LC State is back in the quarterfinals for the first time in two-years with a win over newcomer LSU-Alexandria. Montana Western used a strong third quarter to pull away from Lyon to reach the quarterfinals for the second consecutive season. Our Lady of the Lake and Wayland Baptist put on an offensive show with the Saints advancing on a last second three. The shoe still fits for Cinderella Clarke came back from a fourth quarter deficit to pull another upset. Oklahoma City battled with Carroll College for a thrilling win in the night cap.
No. 1 Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) def. No. 5 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 61-43 | Box Score
No. 2 The Master’s (Calif.) def. No. 3 MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) 65-45 | Box Score
No. 6 Lewis-Clark State College (Idaho) def. No. 7 LSU-Alexandria (La.) 69-66 | Box Score
No. 1 Montana Western def. No. 5 Lyon (Ark.) | Box Score
No. 3 Our Lady of the Lake (Texas) def. No. 2 Wayland Baptist (Texas) | Box Score
No. 1 Campbellsville (Ky.) def. No. 4 Talladega (Ala.) 74-56 | Box Score
No. 8 Clarke (Iowa) def. No. 4 Shawnee State (Ohio) 71-68 | Box Score
No. 3 Oklahoma City def. No. 2 Carroll (Mont.) 60-59 | Box Score
• The defending champions, Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.), punched their ticket to the quarterfinals with a win over Lindsey Wilson
• Haylee Croom of FHU recorded her second straight double-double with a 14 point 13 rebound performance. Three other Lions scored in double figures.
• J’Nayah Hall led Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) with 14 points.
• Freed-Hardeman shot 44.1 percent and scored 34 points in the paint.
• Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) used a strong third quarter to come back from a halftime deficit to advance to the quarterfinals.
• Jossilyn Blackman recorded an 18 point 10 rebound double-double. Three other Warriors scored in double figures.
• Kelsey Thaxton scored a game-high 22 points for LSU Alexandria (La.). She made six 3-pointers.
• LC State shot 43.6 percent and scored 36 points in the paint.
• The Master’s (Calif.) got a strong performance from Stephanie Soares to cruise into the quarterfinals.
• Soares recorded a near triple-double with 16 rebounds, 14 points, and eight blocks. Anika Nueman scored a game-high 19 points.
• Jovana Jovovic led MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) with a 15 point, 11 rebound double-double.
• The Master’s shot 38.6 percent from the field and held MidAmerica to 24 percent.
• WBCA National Player of the Year Bri King of Montana Western scored a game-high 27 points on 10-of-22 shooting.
• After leading 33-32 at halftime, Montana Western outscored Lyon 37-26 in the second half.
• Samantha French and Madison Riley led Lyon (Ark.) with 14 points apiece.
• Britt Cooper finished with a double-double of 17 points and 12 rebounds for Western.
• The Saints Mikki Flores hit a corner three with 2.4 seconds left to vault Our Lady of the Lake (Texas) into a quarterfinal berth.
• The Saints had three players score 20 points or more. Destinee King recorded a 22 point 10 rebound double-double.
• Maci Merket made a career-high seven 3-pointers to score a career-best 30 points. She added 11 rebounds to complete the double-double.
• Wayland Baptist (Texas) attempted 77 shots. The last time a team attempted 75 or more shots in the championship was when Our Lady of the Lake did in it on March 15, 2018.
• Both teams scored over 90 points, last time that happened in the championship was March 14, 2018 when Central Methodist (Mo.) scored 98 points.
• Our Lady of the Lake went 35-42 from the free-throw line. The last time a team made more than 25 free-throws in the championship was when Montana Western made 28 on March 17, 2018. The last time a team attempted more than 40 free-throws in the championship was March 14, 2012 when Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) attempted 49.
• Wayland Baptist made 16 3-pointers, which matched Loyola (La.) in their performance on Thursday in the first round against OLLU.
• Campbellsville (Ky.) trailed by two points entering the fourth quarter and outscored Talladega (Ala.) 26-6 to win the game.
• Jordan Doram scored a game-high 15 points for the Tigers. Caitlin Hall scored 10 points, six assists, and five rebounds.
• The Talladega was led by Ja’Nyia McNealy’s 14 points.
• Both teams committed 19 turnovers.
• Campbellsville shot 43.4 percent from the floor and scored 30 points in the paint.
• Clarke (Iowa) explores new territory as they advance to the quarterfinals in their first tournament appearance.
• Clarke’s Natasha Adames (22 points, 12 rebounds) and Makenna Haase (19 points, 14 rebounds) each recorded double-doubles.
• Shawnee State (Ohio) was led by Bailey Cummins’ 19 points.
• Clarke shot 42.9 percent from the floor and scored 46 points in the paint
• Oklahoma City advanced to the quarterfinals with a thrilling win in a back-and-forth battle with Carroll (Mont.).
• Payton Taylor scored 14 points for the Stars and Abby Selzer scored an 11 point, 10 rebound double-double.
• Hannah Dean and Brittney Johnson scored 15 points apiece for the Saints.
• Oklahoma City shot 46.7 percent from the floor and scored 30 points in the paint