A glance at the NAIA Women's Division I National Championship tournament at the Independence Events Center. See What's Up Next on page B2 for today's games:
Thursday’s first-round games
Southern-New Orleans 84, Vanguard (Cal.) 56 (late Wednesday)
Our Lady of the Lake (Texas) 83, Martin Methodist (Tenn.) 67
Westmont (Cal.) 74, Lyon (Ark.) 63
Oklahoma Baptist 52, Baker (Kan.) 47
Westminster (Utah) 53, Cumberland (Tenn.) 38
Campbellsville (Ky.) 55, LSU-Shreveport 46
Bethel (Tenn.) 62, William Woods (Mo.) 61
MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) 72, Wayland Baptist (Texas) 69
Concordia (Cal.) 59, Carroll (Mont.) 48
Thursday’s game of the day
Bethel and William Woods each got second-chance 3-pointers in the closing minute, with Bethel’s proving to be the final salvo with 2.9 seconds left for a 62-61 win. Bethel led the tournament host school 38-22 at halftime and built that advantage to 44-22 before William Woods rallied in a big way. The Owls took a 56-55 lead on Marissa Webb’s three-point play with 3:03, which also fouled out one of the nation’s top scorers in Tayla Foster. Later, Kelsey Scherder’s trey with 30 seconds gave the Owls a 61-59 lead before Shamon Pearson countered at the other end with 2.9 seconds left. William Woods’ halfcourt heave at the end was well off the mark.
Star of the day
Taylor Hamilton, Our Lady of the Lake: The 5-foot-3 junior from Fairfield, Cal., stuffed the stat sheet with 22 points, six rebounds, seven assists and seven steals to spark her team’s 83-67 win over Martin Methodist in Thursday’s first game. Hamilton had been averaging just 5.6 points in her team’s last five games.
• Rayvin Miller, Southern-New Orleans: 23 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists
• Marquetta Stokes, Southern-New Orleans: 21 points, 6 rebounds, 4 steals
• Kourtney Pennywell, LSU-Shreveport: 22 points, 17 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 blocks
• Tayla Foster, Bethel: 26 points, 9 rebounds
• Jasmine Crawford, Concordia: 20 points, 5 rebounds
Friday’s game to watch
Great Falls (Mont.) vs. Langston (Okla.), 9 a.m.: After upending its pod’s second seed in Loyola, 73-54, led by 23 points from Lindsey Abramson and 22 from Kendalyn Brainard, Great Falls takes on third-seeded Langston, which is coached by Basketball Hall of Famer Cheryl Miller. Langston (28-3) downed Pikeville 80-71 in the tournament’s first game, as T’Keya Mason’s 19 points and eight assists led four Lions in double-figure scoring. Great Falls enters the second round at 23-9.