Statement as supplied Wednesday by The University of Saint Francis:
March 19, 2014 FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The University of Saint Francis will celebrate the undefeated season and National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Division II national championship of its women’s basketball team with a pep rally at Hutzell Athletic Center tonight when the players return from Sioux City, Iowa. The estimated return and rally time is 7:30 p.m.
The Lady Cougars became the first NAIA Division II team with a perfect season since 2009 with their 75-68 win over Lake of the Ozarks Tuesday night in Sioux City, Iowa.
Senior guard Skylarr Shurn scored 30 points on her way to earning the NAIA Championship Most Valuable Player Award. USF’s Brooke Ridley was named to the all-championship first team, and senior teammate Jenelle Wilson was named to the all-championship second team. Coach Gary Williams picked up the Phyllis Holmes Coach of the Year Award.
“Our team’s achievement is truly inspirational, not only for the perfect record and winning the NAIA Division II national tournament, but also for the integrity, perseverance and grace that they have consistently demonstrated throughout the season,” said USF Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. J. Andrew Prall. “Our students continue to inspire us to do our best today and every day in our common goal of providing the best possible education for all of our students in our Catholic and Franciscan tradition.”
The community is invited to join USF Athletics and the university community for the victory and welcome-home celebration. For details on the Lady Cougars’ perfect season, see a full range of news stories at saintfranciscougars.com.
The University of Saint Francis, founded in 1890 as a comprehensive university in the Catholic Franciscan tradition, offers more than 80 undergraduate and graduate programs through the School of Health Sciences, School of Arts and Sciences, Keith Busse School of Business and Entrepreneurial Leadership, School of Professional Studies and School of Creative Arts. In addition to its traditional programs, the university designs focused curriculum for working adults in Fort Wayne, Crown Point and online. More than 2,400 students from a broad geographic region attend USF for its academic excellence.