WT among Elite Eight
It wasn't easy, but West Texas A&M's Lady Buffs were able to beat Central Oklahoma three times in the same season.
And because they did, they are going to the NCAA Division II Elite Eight for the first time in 12 years.
While the final margin was 13 points, this one was much closer as WT capitalized on better second-half shooting to defeat the Bronchos, 65-52, on Monday before a partisan crowd of 2,602 at the First United Bank Center.
What a night for Lady Buffs basketball
What's not to love?
Not that perfectly sunshiny, windless day that plopped into our laps Monday.
I'm talking about those inspiring Lady Buffs.
The loudest roar coming out of the First United Bank Center in years Monday night was honoring the West Texas A&M women's basketball team seconds after downing Central Oklahoma, 65-52, capturing the school's first trip to the NCAA Division II women's Elite Eight since 1997.
Those thinking this would happen?
After the way the Lady Buffs ended their regular season with losses to Texas A&M-Kingsville and Abilene Christian, I'd say of the 2,602 in attendance Monday, those really believing were the 12 women wearing Lady Buff jerseys, WT head coach Krista Gerlich and her assistants, the team managers and trainers (who few knew worked their magic the past three days as several Lady Buffs were ill with flu symptoms).
UCO women fall in regional finals
CANYON, Texas — A magical season came to a frustrating end for Central Oklahoma Monday in the finals of the NCAA Division II South Central Regional.
In a physical defensive battle from start-to-finish, the No. 15-ranked Bronchos had their second-worst shooting game of the season and fell to No. 11 West Texas A&M 65-52 to come up short in their bid for an Elite Eight berth.
It was the lowest-scoring game of the season for UCO, which shot just 27.3 percent (6-of-22) in the first half and 32.1 percent (18-of-56) overall in losing for the eight straight time to the Lady Buffs -- including the third time this year.
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