Women’s basketball loses in first quarterfinal game ever

The women’s basketball team was eliminated from the 2012 NAIA Division I Women’s Basketball National Championship after a loss March. 17 against Union University.

After advancing to the quarterfinals of the 2012 NAIA Division I Women’s Basketball National Championship for the first time in program history, Biola was eliminated with a tough 74-52 loss Saturday night against NAIA No.1 Union University at the Frankfort, Kentucky Convention Center, Ky.

Fast start controls game for Union

Union started off eager, as they led by double digits in the first half. The Eagles stayed close and trailed by no more than six in the first half of the period, but a field goal by one of Union’s top scorers, Lavanda Ross, gave them their biggest lead of 30-17 with 5:10 left.

In the second half, the Eagles were unable to recover. Union’s offense raced out with a 17-point lead in the first three minutes, and their efficient defense kept Biola at a 29.5 percent shooting from the field. Union’s striking offense never trailed in the game.

Senior Charrise Reece and freshmen Amy Freet led the Eagles with 14 points a piece. Freet almost reached a double-double with eight rebounds. Union’s Lavanda Ross led all scorers with 17 points to go with Mildred Olumasi’s 13 points.

Despite back-to-back upsets, Biola out of tournament

Biola managed to pull off two straight upsets in the tournament; the first was a 69-66 win against No. 7 Lee University and the second was a stunning 73-58 win over No. 10 Langston University. But they now end their season with an overall record of 23-11.

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