Women's Hoops Blog

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Saturday, March 13, 2010

The Division III Elite 8 is set:

Down by as much as 15, #1 (and undefeated) Amherst used a 29-10 run to squeak by Williams, 71-66.

Behind a balanced attack #2 Kean handled Bowdoin, 62-51.

#23 UW-Stevens Point upset #3 Illinois Wesleyan, 77-76 as Ashley Averkamp scored two of her game-high 20 points on a putback with 2.2 seconds left.

#4 Hope edged #7 Marymount, 53-46, sending coach Bill Finney into retirement with a total of 553 victories. Said Hope coach Brian Morehouse post-game:
“[Finney]’s a credit to women’s basketball with the class he exhibits and the dignity he shows,” Morehouse said. “I hope when my time comes to step down from women’s basketball as a coach I can walk off the floor like he did with that kind of class and that control of my emotions.

“(Coaching is) a huge part of your life. He’s everything that’s good about women’s basketball and Division III.”
Last season's champ, #5 George Fox, survived #14 Carthage, 55-48.

Senior Zoë Unruh scored a game-high 23 points and graduate student Jaimie McFarlin recorded her fifth double-double of the year as #6 Washington U easily defeated Mount Union, 76-57.

Rochester upset #10 (and formerly undefeated) Christopher Newport as Melissa Alwardt matched her career high with 25 points.

Babson added to its 20-game win streak, but it took overtime for them to defeat Gettysburg, 71-68. (They went to double-overtime in their previous game.)

The Eight match-ups:
Amherst v. Babson
George Fox v. Washington U
Kean v. Rochester
UW-Stevens Point v. Hope