FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – There may not be any Indiana teams in the men’s Division 1 NCAA basketball tournament, but there’s still some college basketball to follow with a Fort Wayne connection. The University of Saint Francis women’s team will play for the NAIA Division II basketball championship Tuesday night. A win would give them a title and a perfect season.
A group of students got together Tuesday afternoon to show support for the Lady Cougars. A couple dozen more left early in the morning to watch the women’s basketball team play in Sioux City, Iowa.
As the players prepped for their championship game against the College of the Ozarks, head coach Gary Andrews said the game means a lot not just for the team.
“We’re really excited about how people back in Fort Wayne are getting excited,” Andrews said. “It’s just great for our program, great for our school, and great for Fort Wayne and we’re going to keep making Fort Wayne proud.”
With a win Tuesday night, the Lady Cougars would end their season 38-0. It’s something students say would mean a lot for both the campus and community.
“I think it would be great. It would put Saint Francis on the map, they would be 38 and 0 and I think everyone’s excited about that prospect,” said Joe Molnar student body president at USF. “I don’t think it’s ever happened before here. So we’re really excited.”
“It’s a women’s basketball team. Often times we hear about men’s basketball. They get kind of more of the notoriety. So it’s really cool that it’s the girls bringing home the wins this year,” said Meghan McArdle, USF director of student activities.
Tip-off is scheduled for at 8:05 p.m. The game will be broadcast on ESPN 3. Students are hosting a viewing party on the North Campus of St. Francis.