Daemen Stops Roberts Wesleyan's Magical Hoop Run
AMHERST, N.Y. – The Roberts Wesleyan women's basketball team's magical run to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Division II National Championships came to an end Monday night following a 58-40 loss to Daemen College in the East Region Finals.
The Redhawks were looking to win their 10 straight game and third game of the NCAA tournament after taking down the No. 4 seed American International and No. 1 seed Dominican. After hitting big shot, after big shot over the course of the tournament the Redhawks couldn't seem to find the same rhythm in the finals shooting just 14-of-56 (25%) from the field and 4-of-25 (16%) from beyond the arc.
Senior Paige McCormick of Heuvelton was the lone scorer in double digits for Roberts with 17 points on a 6-12 shooting where she buried 3 of 7 3-point attempts. Dimitra Gkizani tallied five points for the Hawks who finished at 12-7. Paige McCormick's sister, sophomore Madison McCormick committed only one turnover while playing a game-high 33 points for RW with two steals and a block.
Daemen also got off to a slow start offensively but leaned on the duo of Caroline White and Katie Titus to power the offense. Titus scored 22 points and connected on five 3-pointers. White had 13 points and 16 rebounds for the winners who outrebounded Roberts Wesleyan 46-28.
The Redhawks defense found success slowing down the Wildcats offense forcing Daemen into 25 turnovers, but were only able to score 11 points off those turnovers.
Both McCormick and junior Gkizani were named to the All-Tournament team for their performance over the last three games.
Daemen (14-2) avenged a loss to Roberts Wesleyan in the East Conference Tournament finals and will advance to the Elite 8 in Columbus, Ohio with games taking place this weekend.
Roberts finishes the season with a 12-7 record, an East Coast Conference title and Sweet 16 appearance becoming the program's most decorated basketball team in the Division II era.