No. 2 Shawnee State (27-5) will face No. 7 William Woods (MO) in the First Round of the NAIA Division I National Tournament in Frankfort, KY. Tip-off is set for 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 14.
Shawnee State, the MSC regular season Co-Champions and MSC Tournament runner-ups, finished eighth on the NAIA Division I Coaches Final Top-25 Poll. The Bears are making their second consecutive bid to the tournament and received an at large bid. The Owls earned their bid after winning the American Midwest Tournament and are making their fourth trip to the Division I Tournament.
The Bears rank fourth in the Division I in field goal percentage with 44 percent and eighth in total scoring offense with 2382 points on the season. The Owls rank 15th in Division I in scoring defense allowing the opposition to score only 56 points per game. They also rank 19th in field goal percentage for defense holding their opponents to shooting only 36 percent in games.
Shawnee State averages 74.4 points per game and five Bears average double figures. Sophomore Alannah Sheets leads Shawnee State with 14.6 points per game. Junior Alex Pohl (Loveland, OH) nearly averages a double-double with 14 points and 9.7 rebounds per game. Pohl ranks second in the NAIA in field goal percentage shooting 61.3 percent from the field. Senior Abby Ballman averaged 13.6 points per game and ranks fifth in the NAIA with 3.2 steals per game and tenth with 87 total steals on the season. Juniors Schera Sampson (Round Rock, TX) and Catrice Mitchell (Columbus, OH) average 11.8 and 11.2 points per game for the Bears. Mitchell is third in the NAIA shooting 58 percent from the floor.
William Woods averages 63.3 points per game. Sharron Andrews leads the Owls with 12.9 points per game, while Megan Aubuchon averages 10.1 points and 7.1 rebounds per game.
The Shawnee State/William Woods game kicks off the 2012 Division I National Tournament on Wednesday, March 14 at 8:30 a.m. in the Frankfort Convention Center.
Shawnee State will be airing the game live on campus in the Jazzman Cafe in the University Center. The game is open to the public.
Those fans not attending the game can watch live stats or purchase the game live to watch over the internet. Links are below.