Grand Canyon Hoop Dreams avenged an overtime loss on Saturday, knocking off Georgia Southern 48-31 to win the women’s intramural national championship on Sunday at the 2017 NIRSA National Basketball Championships, hosted by Ohio State University.
Watch the championship game webcast via @NIRSAChampLive on Twitter. Game begins at approximately 23:00 into video. https://www.pscp.tv/NIRSAChampLive/1OwxWAjOZLnGQ?
Grand Canyon started off hot and Georgia Southern was ice cold. The Lopes were up 17-1 after 11 minutes of play including three 3-pointers. Georgia Southern turned to forward Smiljana Cuk, who scored 10 points in the final 8 minutes. Trailing by 33-13 at the break, the Eagles came out fired up, posting at 6-2 run. But, Grand Canyon regained the momentum and cruised to victory 48-31.
Tournament MVP Hannah Fredrick had 12 points for Grand Canyon. Fellow All-Tournament Team member Sabrina Johnson added 9 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. Mariah Kempf, another All-Tournament selection for the Lopes, tallied 9 points.
For Georgia Southern, All-Tournament Team honoree Smiljana Cuk finished with 14 points and 7 rebounds. Dawona Magwood, also on the All-Tournament Team, added 11 points.
Women’s IM Championship Score
Grand Canyon 48, Georgia Southern 31
Women’s IM All-Tournament Team
Hannah Fredrick, Grand Canyon (MVP)
Sabrina Johnson, Grand Canyon
Mariah Kempf, Grand Canyon
Smiljana Cuk, Georgia Southern
Dawona Magwood, Georgia Southern
Yashee Johnson, North Carolina A&T