The DII women’s basketball Elite Eight is in the books. Four teams survived Monday’s action from the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, S.D. and the national semifinals are set.
Game 1 saw No. 6 Central Missouri end No. 3 Lubbock Christian’s season. It was a tough-fought defensive battle by both teams, but the Jennies clamped down and were nearly perfect from the line in the final quarter to win 72-62.
Game 2 was a wild one. Two of the top offenses in the nation went head-to-head. Union (TN) opened up a 21-point lead in the third quarter thanks to some sharp shooting and smooth drives from Gulf South Conference Player of the Year Chelsey Shumpert. But Carson-Newman came storming back to tie it in the fourth. Despite a monster half by Haris Price and a double-double by Kayla Marosites, Union held on 73-70.
Game 3 watched Ashland continue its record-setting season. The Eagles have now won 72 straight games and set the NCAA all-time single-season scoring record Sunday, breaking UConn’s mark from a few years back. Montana State Billings All-American Alisha Breen scored her 2,000th career point setting the program record, but it wasn’t enough. Ashland moved on 91-73.
Game 4 was another thrilling back-and-forth battle. Despite an unbelievable 27-point, 20-rebound performance from Stonehill’s Kelly Martin and a ferocious second-half comeback, Megan Smith and Carolyn Appleby fought hard for Indiana (Pa.). The two combined for 45 points, 13 rebounds, and seven assists as IUP held on 75-71.
The semifinals are set. Central Missouri and Union get things started Wednesday, March 21 at 7 p.m. ET, while Ashland and IUP follow in the nightcap. You can catch up on all the action from Day 1 of the DII Women’s Elite Eight by scrolling down below.
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|
The 2018 DII Women’s Elite Eight kicks off Monday, March 19, 2018, from the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Lubbock Christian, winners of the 2016 DII Women’s Basketball Championship, get things started, taking on Central Missouri at 1 p.m. ET.