• Friday, Mar 17
    Crowley's Ridge College vs 56
    Bluefield 83
    NCCAA National Tournament @ Winona Lake, Indiana
  • Thursday, Mar 16
    Bluefield at 56
    Grace College 57
    NCCAA National Tournament @ Winona Lake, Indiana
  • Wednesday, Mar 15
    Bluefield vs 59
    Mid America Christian 69
    NCCAA National Tournament @ Winona Lake, Indiana
  • Thursday, Mar 9
    Reinhardt at 62
    College of the Ozarks 81
  • Thursday, Mar 9
    Reinhardt vs 62
    College of the Ozarks 81
  • Wednesday, Mar 8
    Bryan vs 66
    Concordia University 101
  • Wednesday, Mar 8
    Milligan vs 54
    Dakota Wesleyan University 66
    NAIA Women's Basketball National Championship
  • Saturday, Mar 4
    Alice Lloyd College at 45
    Bluefield 67
    NCCAA Mid-East Regional Championship
  • Saturday, Feb 25
    Bryan at 72
    Tennessee Wesleyan 47
  • Friday, Feb 24
    Tennessee Wesleyan at 62
    Milligan 61
  • Friday, Feb 24
    Bryan at 60
    Reinhardt 54
  • Thursday, Feb 23
    Union vs 68
    Milligan 83
  • Thursday, Feb 23
    Tennessee Wesleyan at 65
    Bluefield 56
    AAC Quarterfinal @ Kingsport, Tenn.
  • Thursday, Feb 23
    Reinhardt at 78
    Montreat 52
  • Thursday, Feb 23
    Bryan at 63
    Point 50
  • Wednesday, Feb 22
    Allen vs 47
    Union 79
  • Wednesday, Feb 22
    St. Andrews at 58
    Tennessee Wesleyan 75
  • Wednesday, Feb 22
    Truett McConnell vs 59
    Montreat 63
    AAC Tournament | Opening Round | Kingsport, Tenn.
  • Wednesday, Feb 22
    Columbia vs 53
    Bryan 82
  • Saturday, Feb 18
    Allen at 92
    St. Andrews 90
Allen University Bluefield College Bryan College Columbia College Milligan College Montreat College Point University
Reinhardt University SCAD Atlanta St. Andrews University Tennessee Wesleyan College Truett-McConnell College Union College
Story provided by Jake Knabel, NAIA Assistant Media Coordinator
Story provided by Jake Knabel, NAIA Assistant Media Coordinator
Women's Basketball - Thu, Mar. 9, 2017

SIOUX CITY, Iowa –  (Box ScoreThursday evening's first-round matchup at the NAIA Division II Women's Basketball Championships featured one side with 35 all-time national tournament wins and another still seeking its first. Perennially powerful College of the Ozarks (Mo.) made it a runaway while getting a dominant performance from sophomore Kelsie Cleeton. Seeded second, the Lady Bobcats eliminated seventh-seeded Reinhardt (Ga.), 81-62.

Head coach Becky Vest's squad now stands at 27-4 overall and has advanced to the second round where it will meet either third-seeded Morningside (23-8) or sixth-seeded Siena Heights (Mich.) (24-9) at 7 p.m. on Friday. On the other hand, the Lady Eagles end their season with a 27-6 overall record 

College of the Ozarks took complete control by concluding the first half on a 14-2 run that put it front, 42-25, at the break. Cassidy Johnson sent the Lady Bobcats to their locker room with momentum after she chucked in a long trey just before the buzzer sounded. Johnson could hardly miss. She went 7-for-9 from the field, including 4-for-5 from 3-point range, in the process of piling up a game high 18 points.

The inside-outside combo of Cleeton and Johnson made life difficult on Reinhardt, which found itself down by 28 points in the fourth quarter. It failed to whittle its deficit to any less than 19 points in the final stanza. Cleeton posted a double-double, going for 13 points and 14 rebounds to go along with six assists. Madisen Brethower racked up 18 points (6-for-6 free throw shooting). Ozarks went 8-for-19 from beyond the arc.

Rebecca Cheeks never stopped working inside for the Lady Eagles. She put away 17 points and snared 19 rebounds. Teammate Jada Hubbard added 16 points. As a team, Reinhardt shot only 34.3 percent from the floor and had six more turnovers than College of the Ozarks.

The Lady Bobcats are now 36-21 all-time (17-5 in first-round games) at the national championships. They remain in search of that elusive national title. College of the Ozarks has finished as the national runner up five times in its history. Meanwhile, Reinhardt has fallen in the first round in both of its trips to Sioux City.