Fab Four set to tip off Monday at NAIA National Tournament
By Nick Filipowski, Weekend Sports Anchor - bio | email
Karen Hutson scored 22 points against Saint Francis in the quarterfinals.
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -
Of the four GPAC schools that qualified for the national tournament, only Northwestern and Morningside remain heading into Monday night's Fab Four showdown.
But, for the Red Raiders, their quest for a fourth straight title nearly came to an end.
The three time defending national champions trailed 19-6 midway through the first half, but used a 24-11 run to erase the deficit and pull even with Saint Francis.
Tied at 36 at halftime, Kendra De Jong scored 15 of her 21 points in the second half, and behind 22 points from Karen Hutson, the Red Raiders are back in a familiar spot.
However, they're not focused on past success.
"Well the last three years are done and over with so, we don't want to think about that," Karen Hutson said. "We're a new team, it's a new season, so just keep playing as a team and keep moving forward."
Northwestern will tip-off against Davenport Monday night at 6:00 p.m. at the Tyson Events Center.
Morningside and Indiana Wesleyan will follow at 8:00 p.m.
The winners will advance to the NAIA DII Women's National Championship game on Tuesday.
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