March 11, 2011

Yellow Jackets defeated Lady Bobcats

SIOUX CITY, Iowa - Cedarville (Ohio), one of the 12 at-large selections, continues to take down its opponents at the 20th Annual State Farm-NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball National Championship. The Yellow Jackets downed College of the Ozarks (Mo.) 81-76 on Friday in second round action.

For the fifth time since 2000, Cedarville will advance to the National Championship quarterfinals. The Yellow Jackets now have a 17-7 record (.708) in national tournament play. Cedarville improved its overall record to 24-9. It will play Saturday at 1 p.m. and will face the winner of the Davenport (Mich.)/Briar Cliff (Iowa) matchup. In its 17th trip, College of the Ozarks (Mo.) will be returning home with a 28-6 record on the season.

In a close game throughout the first half, Cedarville grabbed a one-point lead heading into the break at 45-44. Both teams shot well from the floor as the Lady Bobcats held a 53.3 percent-47.2 percent advantage. Cedarville’s Kayla Jenerette and College of the Ozarks’ Morgan Smith both scored 15 points each before heading to the locker room for halftime.

The two squads carried over their hot hands into the second half and each shot above 40 percent from the field after the break. The Lady Bobcats shot 29-for-60 (.483) in the second-round matchup, but it was not enough to overcome Cedarville’s balanced attack. The Yellow Jackets hit 40 percent of their 3s in the second half and converted on all four free-throw attempts. Heading into the game, Cedarville’s Hurley, Siemon and Jenerette all averaged over 10 points per game. Jenerette led the Yellow Jackets with 18 points, Siemon recorded 16 points and Hurley added another 10 points in the 81-76 win. Morgan Smith was one of four College of the Ozarks players in double-figures. Smith had 25 points on 9-16 shooting.

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