Carroll College Sports Information Press Release
HELENA -The Carroll College men’s basketball team opens the NAIA DI Men’s Basketball National Championship against Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) Thursday, March, 15 at 12:30 p.m. at the Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, Mo.
The Saints are coming off their second consecutive Frontier Conference regular-season and tournament championships. Carroll earned a two seed and play the seven- seed Blue Raiders. The Saints are making their third tournament appearance in as many years. Each of the last two seasons, Carroll advanced to the NAIA quarterfinals.
Lindsey Wilson is making its first appearance since the 2013 season. The Blue Raiders earned an automatic bid after notching three consecutive upsets in the very competitive Mid-South conference tournament and winning convincingly with double-digit wins throughout. They defeated Campbellsville 84-76 in the final.
Six players average double digits for Lindsey Wilson. The Blue Raiders make their mark on the defensive end where they rank in the top 10 in several defensive categories, including a No. 6 ranking in scoring defense.
Carroll College women’s basketball will face William Penn (Iowa) in the opening round of the NAIA DI Women’s Basketball National Championship Thursday March 15 at 8 p.m. at Rimrock Auto Arena at MetraPark in Billings.
The Saints are 24-7 on the season and are coming off the Frontier Conference regular-season and tournament championships. The Saints return to the tournament after a one-year absence. It is Carroll’s fourth trip to the tournament head coach Rachelle Sayer’s fourth year.
Carroll is a three-seed in the tournament and will face a William Penn team that is 23-8 overall and 15-4 in the Heart of America Conference.
The Statesmen fell to Central Methodist 84-63 in the Heart of America Championship game.
WP is the No. 5 team in NAIA DI in three-point percentage. Three players average double digits led by Vashti Nwagbaraocha at 16.3 points per game. William Penn faces the Frontier Conference champion for the second consecutive season. Last year, the Statesmen fell to Lewis-Clark State 59-45 in the opening round.