INDEPENDENCE, Mo. (Women's Basketball) – Following a historic season which saw the Shawnee State women's basketball team win its first-ever Mid-South Conference Tournament Championship, the Bears will lace them up Wednesday at 1 p.m. ET – taking on No. 15 The Master's – in the opening round of the 35th Annual NAIA Division I Women's Basketball National Championship presented by Susan G. Komen Greater Kansas City.
The No. 18-ranked Bears have won seven of their last nine games leading up to NAIA women's basketball's biggest stage, culminating in three-straight wins at the Mid-South Conference Championship to claim the first MSC title in program-history.
Shawnee State women's basketball fans and supporters are invited to a special send-off event hosted by the Schmidt Family Restaurant Group this Sunday, March 15 from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Buffalo Wild Wings as the team heads to compete in the NAIA Division I Women's Basketball National Championship, presented by Susan G. Komen Greater Kansas City. The tournament is being held in Independence, Missouri.
During the event, the public is invited to meet the team, celebrate their accomplishments, and send them off to the tournament knowing that they are supported at home.
PORTSMOUTH, Ohio (Women's Basketball) – After its historic run to the program's first-ever Mid-South Conference Tournament championship, the Shawnee State women's basketball team now knows its fate in the NAIA National Championship, presented by Susan G. Komen Greater Kansas City.
The Bears will square off with The Master's (Calif.), on Wednesday, March 18, at noon CT at the Independence Events Center in Independence, Mo. SSU is the No. 5 seed, meaning the squad will be the visitor in the opening round.
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Women's Basketball) – The No. 19 Shawnee State women's basketball team is the 2015 Mid-South Conference Tournament champion. The Bears erased a 14-point first half deficit to send the finals – versus top-seeded Campbellsville University – to overtime. From there, the third-seeded squad jumped out to an 8-0 run to open the extra frame, and hit 5-of-6 free throws to put the game on ice en route to a 74-67 victory over the Tigers.
The victory marked the first tournament championship for SSU since joining the Mid-South prior to the 2010-11 season. The team had twice lost in its previous two appearances in the championship game.
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Women's Basketball) – The No. 19 Shawnee State women's basketball team will play for a championship. The Bears defeated the University of the Cumberlands, 56-51,in a hard-fought battle Saturday afternoon to head to the final round of the Mid-South Conference Championship, to be played Sunday afternoon versus Campbellsville University at 1 p.m. at the Frankfort Convention Center.
The Bears trailed by as many as six in the second half, but erased the deficit over a three-minute stretch beginning at the 13-minute mark. Trailing by six – but with the Cumberlands' leading scorer and rebounder, Lydia Cuff, on the bench in foul trouble – SSU went to work in the paint, feeding Mid-South Conference Player of the Year Ali Zieverink (JR/West Chester, Ohio).