KCU Takes Third in National Tourney
The NCCAA Women’s Division II National Championship Tournament third place game turned into a showdown between two all-Americans representing the best of this year, and the best of the years to come. NCCAA Women’s Division II Player of the Year Tanya Bowens, a senior, scored 28 for Kentucky Christian University and Alyssa Loudermilk, a freshman honorable mention all-American for Pensacola Christian College countered with 30.
Down the stretch, it was the senior Bowens who got the best of Loudermilk. The Lady Knights held off Loudermilk and Pensacola for a 77-73 victory to finish third in the NCCAA Women’s Division II National Basketball Tournament at the Ozark Christian College Multipurpose Building Saturday afternoon.
Kentucky Christian, trailing by six, 68-62, with 3:38 remaining, turned to Bowens to make plays down the stretch. Bowens scored on a fastbreak layup off a Jessica Marshall steal, Marshall hit a jumper off a feed from Allie Slone, Bowens then tied it on driving layup.
Slone’s free throw with 2:07 left gave the Lady Knights the lead, but it was Bowens' offensive rebound and kickout to Paige Warren for a 3-pointer and another kickout to Warren for second 3-pointer on back-to-back possessions that gave the Kentucky Christian its four-point lead.
Kentucky Christian, ending a 19 -11 season, made 13 of 28 from behind the 3-point line including four by Bowens and Warren and three from Katelyn Meyer.
Bowen, a 5-foot-6 senior guard, was 11 of 23 from the floor with eight rebounds and four assists. Warren, a 5-foot-3 freshman guard, and Sharonda Jones, a 5-foot-7 senior forward, both scored 12 with Jones grabbing 12 rebounds.
The Eagles, capping a 19-10 season, saw Loudermilk go 5 of 10 from 3 and 12 of 23 from the floor for her 30 points. She added six rebounds and three assists.
Senior guard Karen Kendall and sophomore forward Hannah Shipp added 10 points each Pensacola Christian.