The women’s IM division at this year’s tournament played a true round robin for pool play with the top two teams advancing to tomorrow morning’s national championship game. And, as luck would have it, the 2 remaining undefeated teams faced off at the end of round robin play creating a preview of tomorrow morning’s final (both had already clinched a spot in the finals). The preview did not disappoint with an overtime needed to settle the score.
Georgia Southern outlasted Grand Canyon 40-37 in overtime behind 9 points from Young, including a pair of clutch 3-pointers in the final two minutes of regulation. Down one, GCU got a steal and was fouled, hitting 1 of 2 free throws to tie the game at 34 and send it into OT. In the overtime, Georgia Southern’s defense was the difference with a key block from #13. The Eagles would build a 3-point lead and Grand Canyon could not hit on multiple 3-point attempts in the final seconds.
The teams will square off at 9:00 am in the first national championship game of the day at the RPAC on the Ohio State University campus.
5:10 pm Playoff Scores
WC: UC Davis 41, Boston College 35
WC: Penn State 38, Virginia Tech 30
WC: UConn 50, James Madison 39
WC: Air Force 46, UW Milwaukee 33
W-IM: Georgia Southern 40, Grand Canyon 37 (OT)
W-IM: Baylor 50, Valdosta State 47
Unified: Rowan 48, Ohio State 40
Unified: Alabama 53, Ole Miss 27