Eight teams walked into Sanford Pentagon this past Monday. All but two remain in the DII Women’s Elite Eight. Ashland and Central Missouri are set to face off Friday night at 8 p.m. ET from Sioux Falls, S.D. in the DII Women’s Basketball Championship title game.
Central Missouri led from start to finish in a 70-57 semifinals win against Union (TN) behind a balanced attack. Kayonna Lee, known primarily as a defensive player, was the star of the game with 14 points with 11 rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocks. Union finishes its historic run 32-4 while Central Missouri heads to its first championship game since 1985.
Ashland and IUP came out of the gates quickly, going basket-for-basket early on in Game 2. The onset looked like it would be a thriller, but Ashland pulled away in true Eagles form in a 92-68 victory. Laina Snyder scored 23 points and grabbed 20 rebounds. Fellow senior Andi Daugherty scored 21, surpassing the 2,000-point mark in her career. Ashland rolled on, picking up its 73rd-straight win while IUP ends its season 30-4. Ashland advances to its second national championship in as many years.
The championship game is set for Friday, March 23 at 8 p.m. ET. We’ll be back then for all of the night’s action with live updates, analysis, scores and stats from the opening tip to the final buzzer. Until then, scroll down for all of the semifinals highlights.
Ashland enters the Elite Eight as favorites:
Here are just a few numbers that explain how Ashland earned the No. 1 seed.
- 2000/1000: Laina Snyder is the first player in program history to score over 2,000 points with 1,000 rebounds in her career.
- 102-2: Head coach Robyn Fralick’s career record.
- 100.3: Points per game, the first women’s team to eclipse the century mark for an entire season.
- 72: Points Ashland needs to score to break UConn’s single-season record for points scored in a single-season (3,481).
- 71: Consecutive victories by the Eagles, a DII record.
- 3.8: Steals by breakout sophomore star Jodi Johnson, which led DII.
Top scorers in the Elite Eight:
|Alisha Breen||MSU Billings||21.3|
Top rebounders in the Elite Eight:
|Jesheon Cooper||Central Missouri||10.5|
|Alisha Breen||MSU Billings||9.3|
|Tess Bruffey||Lubbock Christian||8.6|
|Kayonne Lee||Central Missouri||8.4|
Top assist leaders in the Elite Eight:
|Rylee Kane||MSU Billings||4.8|