Saint Francis Women's Basketball Wins National Championship

By Eric Dutkiewicz - 21Alive

University of Saint Francis Lady Cougars

March 18, 2014 Updated Mar 19, 2014 at 5:13 PM EDT

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.

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.

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.

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