Lady Knights Win 13th National Championship
Entering the NCCAA II National Tournament as the Number 1 seed is nothing new for the KCU Lady Knights. For the 8th straight year the team from Grayson, KY had secured the top seed in the Tournament. "The only advantage of being the top seed is only having to pack one uniform." That's the way Coach Ron Arnett summed up the situation. Everyone wants to knock us off. "The other teams want to see us beaten early and that's part of the game. We don't take exception to that, we are inspired by it", said Arnett. And for the 4th straight year that inspiration ended with a National Championship. KCU started off on Thursday by defeating North Central University, from Minneapolis, MN, 66-48. Sophomore Autumn Carter and Junior Meredith Reed led the way with 12 points each. The semi-final game brought on Maranatha Baptist Bible College from Watertown, WI. KCU defeated Maranatha last year in the semi-finals as well. The final score of 73-54 showed the experience of KCU and the youth of Maranatha as they started 4 freshmen. "Coach Morrison has an outstanding group of young players. They will be back and they will be better next time", according to Arnett. Senior Kristin Hecht led the way with 16 points and sophomore Ashley Savage scored a career high 14 off the bench. That victory set up the Championship game against Mideast Region rival Ohio Christian University. This was the first time two teams from the same region have played for the National Championship. OCU had beaten the host team Philadelphia Biblical University and the #2 seed, Southwestern Christian University to get to the final game for the first time ever. KCU prevailed 72-70 in a very closely contested matchup. Hecht led the way for KCU with 18 points and sophomore Tara Weddle added 15 while junior Stpeh Kenley had 12. The game winning basket was scored by Meredith Reed on an out-of-bounds play 94 feet from the basket. Reed scored the final 7 points of the game for KCU. The win is the 13th overall for the Lady Knights and the 12th for Coach Ron Arnett in his 19 years of coaching.