After missing out on the last two SLIAC Women's Basketball Tournaments Spalding University finds themselves in the 2019 Championship game where they will face Greenville University. Spalding, the #2 seed, defeated #3 seeded Westminster 75-67 in the first game of the night while top-seeded and host Greenville bested Webster University 68-65 in overtime in the night's second game. The 2019 SLIAC Women's Basketball Championship game will take place on Saturday, February 23 in Greenville, Illinois at 1 p.m.
Spalding 75, Westminster 67 - BOX SCORE
Inside the Game
Spalding dominated the two most important quarters of a game, the first and fourth, to advance in the 2019 SLIAC Women's Basketball Tournament. Spalding held a 20-13 lead after one quarter, jumping out to a 7-2 lead at the start of the game. Westminster fought their way back into the game with strong quarters in the second and third, eventually taking a 53-48 lead into the fourth quarter. However, Spalding opened up the fourth with 15 straight points, building up a lead as large as 10 points. The Blue Jays made a late run, cutting the score to 65-61 but were unable to get any closer.
- Spalding extends their program-record winning streak to 13 games
- Westminster out rebounded Spalding 46-25 in the game but also committed 17 turnovers to just 5 for the Golden Eagles
- Hunter Wright led Spalding with 23 points, six rebounds, and five steals
- Kendahl Adams was the high scorer for Westminster with 19 points
Greenville 68, Webster 65 - BOX SCORE
Inside the Game
Greenville opened the game up with a 13-0 run and held a 36-23 lead at halftime before Webster was able to shake off the cobwebs from the early blow. After scoring just 23 points in the first two-quarters Webster put up 20 points in the third quarter to show some life. The Gorloks finally made the game anew when Naomi Johnson hit a jumper with 1:32 to tie the score at 58-58. Johnson was not done however and gave the Gorloks their first lead of the game on their next trip down the court with a three-ball from the top of the key with just 53-seconds on the clock. Greenville's Barrett responded with a three of her own with 28-seconds left to draw the score even. Webster was unable to get a shot off before the end of regulation sending the game into overtime. It was Morgan St. James racing down the court with 43-seconds left in overtime that scored the decisive bucket for Greenville putting them up 67-65 and then putting the Panthers close to a win with a steal with 12-seconds left. A last-second three by Webster hit the front of the rim, sending Greenville to the championship game.
- Greenville is looking to become the fourth top seed of the tournament to win the title in the last six years
- Morgan St. James led Greenville with 19 points, going 8-of-12 from the field with 11 rebounds
- Webster was led by Addison Beussink with 18 points and 12 rebounds
- Tonight's game marked the first overtime game in the opening round of the SLIAC Women's Basketball Tournament and just the second time ever in a tournament game, joining the 2006 championship game.