Trevecca Nazarene University

Basketball teams progress in national tournament

WOMENíS BASKETBALL: Reach Sweet 16  

JACKSON, Tenn. - NAIA No. 13 Trevecca (21-9) advanced to the NAIA Sweet 16 with a 71-68 win over Cumberland College (21-10) in the first round of the 25th Annual NAIA Division I National Women's Basketball Tournament in Jackson, Tenn. at Oman Arena.
    ìIím proud of the way the girls responded to the physical play,î Trevecca Head Coach Julie van Beek said. ìThese girls have never won a national tournament game before. Iím glad we got the win.î
   
Trevecca opened the game with a 6-0 run but Cumberland College battled back to lead by as much as four points in the first half. The Patriots led 14-10 with 11:33 in the first half, but the Trojans took the lead on a 7-0 run and eventually to a 27-25 advantage at half time. The second half saw Cumberland College lead by as much as six points, but and Ashlie Gilland field goal with 3:30 left in the game gave Trevecca the lead for good. The Patriotsí Tiffany Stewart had a shot at a last second buzzer beater but the off-balance three pointer fell well short and the Trojans took the 71-68 win.
    Treveccaís Ashlie Gilland scored 18 points in the winning effort while junior Jackie Weaver added 18 points and 13 rebounds. Mariska Reed (13) and Jana Reed (11) also added double figure scoring.
    Cumberland Collegeís Tiffany Stewart led all scoring with 22 points on the night.
   
The Trojans shot 45.3% (24 of 53) from the field, 22.2% (2 of 9) from the three point line, and 65.6% (21 of 32) from the free throw line. Cumberland shot 39.7% (23 of 58) from the field, 33.3% (7 of 21) from the three point line, and 93.8% (15 of 16) from the free throw line.
    Trevecca will face No. 8 Southern Nazarene (28-6) at 4:30 p.m. on Friday in the Sweet 16 of the NAIA National Tournament.

MENíS BASKETBALL: Reach Sweet 16  

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - NAIA No. 10 Trevecca (25-7) will play No. 1 and the top seeded Mountain State University (30-3) Lionís on Friday at 4:30 p.m. in the Sweet 16 of the 68th Annual NAIA Division I Menís Basketball Tournament at Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, Mo.