SIOUX CITY, Iowa (21Alive) - The University of Saint Francis women's basketball season capped off a perfect season Tuesday night by winning the NAIA Division II National Championship.
The Cougars beat the College of the Ozarks 75-68. Skylarr Shurn scored 33 points and won Tournament MVP honors.
38-0 . . . WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! http://t.co/BEpJPfmmh0— USF Cougars (@sfcougars) March 19, 2014
Jennelle Wilson added 19 points and Brooke Ridley scored 13 points. Ridley played after being sidelined with an ankle injury in the national semi-final Monday night.
For the Ozarks, Alice Heinzler had 22 points, and Emily Walker had 11 points.
USF also finished a perfect 38-0 this season. The Lady Cougars are the first undefeated national championship team since Morningside in 2009.
The national championship is the first for Cougar women's basketball, which finished as national runners-up in 1999.
Lady Cougars- NATIONAL CHAMPIONS! Congratulations University of Saint Francis!!— Diocese FWSB (@diocesefwsb) March 19, 2014
The title is also the first for Gary Andrews in his 13 seasons at Saint Francis. He also coached three state championship teams at Bishop Luers High School before coming to USF.
Overall, it is the second national championship in school history, joining the 2010 men's basketball team.
A pep rally has been scheduled Wednesday at the Hutzell Center when the team arrives back in Fort Wayne around 7:30.
The City of Fort Wayne will also light the Martin Luther King Jr. Bridge in USF colors Wednesday night through Thursday morning to honor the accomplishment.
National Champs though...Wow. I never even imagined i would be apart of this when I committed to Saint Francis —... http://t.co/ux9duu88I6— gary andrews (@andrewsgary) March 19, 2014
NATIONAL CHAMPS BABY!!!!! 38-0— 《~ms.taylor~》 (@akyaht) March 19, 2014
28-0 & state champs my senior year I high school 38-0 & national champs my junior year of college! #BeyondBlessed— Emily Montgomery (@em_katherine30) March 19, 2014
National Champs though...Wow. I never even imagined i would be apart of this when I committed to Saint Francis— Quila Jackson (@MissQ_Jackson) March 19, 2014
I'm a national champion!!!!— kalah baer (@kalahbaer) March 19, 2014
I wouldn't want to go undefeated or win a national title with anyone else. A moment that will never be forgotten. ������ pic.twitter.com/SvFpwNOncV— Kaleigh ⚓️ (@KaleighHensley) March 19, 2014
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