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The Journal Gazette

Wednesday, March 01, 2017 3:42 pm

Saint Francis women play Davenport


The Saint Francis women's basketball team will get the honor of playing the first game of the 26th annual NAIA Division II Women's Basketball National Championship, taking on Davenport (30-3) at 9:30 a.m. March 8 in Sioux City, Iowa.

The Indiana Tech women drew Tabor (Kansas) in the first round.


The Cougars (18-15) played at Davenport on Nov. 1, losing 78-59.

Saint Francis finished the regular season and Crossroads League Tournament 13-6 after a 5-9 start, winning seven consecutive games to earn share of second-place in Crossroads League and the No. 2 Crossroads LeagueTournament seed.

Saint Francis, which is 76-27 in post-season play, qualified for the NAIA Championship for the first time under coach Jason Ridge, who is in his second season.

The Cougars forward Kara Gerka was Crossroads League Freshman of the Year leading Saint Francis in scoring, rebounding and double-doubles.

Gerka and fellow freshman Lauren McBryar have scored the most points for true Saint Francis freshmen since NAIA All-American Brenda Schlegel finished with 584 points in 1996-97. Gerka has scored 489 points and McBryar 480 this season.