FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Hundreds of people packed the Hutzell Athletic Center Wednesday night to celebrate with the University of Saint Francis women’s basketball team after its national championship.
The Lady Cougars won the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Division II national championship Tuesday night with a 75-68 win over Lake of the Ozarks in Sioux City, Iowa. The win also marked a perfect season for USF, with a 38-0 record.
“Our team’s achievement is truly inspirational, not only for the perfect record and winning the NAIA Division II national tournament, but also for the integrity, perseverance and grace that they have consistently demonstrated throughout the season,” said USF Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. J. Andrew Prall. “Our students continue to inspire us to do our best today and every day in our common goal of providing the best possible education for all of our students in our Catholic and Franciscan tradition.”
The city of Fort Wayne has supported the team’s success by lighting the MLK Bridge with Saint Francis colors. The bridge began displaying blue and white Wednesday night at dusk, and will continue to do so until Thursday morning.
“The team brings great pride to Saint Francis and the City of Fort Wayne with their tremendous accomplishments this season,” said Mayor Tom Henry. “I congratulate these outstanding young women, their coaches, their families and the entire Saint Francis community.”