The storm that knocked the power out of Oman Arena that caused a 10-minute delay in the first half did not compare to the brewing Crimson Storm that would take place on the court. Union began the game with an eight-point lead that was erased at the 11:12 mark of the first half on a 9-0 scoring run by Southern Nazarene. The Crimson Storm then erupted on a 15-0 run to end the first half of play and take the lead for good.
Southern Nazarene came alive offensively due to their depth on the bench that contributed 33 points, compared to Union’s six points from the bench. The Crimson Storm shot 61.0% from the floor, compared to 39.1% by the Lady Bulldogs.
The Crimson Storm were led in scoring by Khady Ngom with 21 points, followed by Ndeye Ndiaye and Bangdene Diop with 15 points each. Katie Korfe added 13 points each and Katie Snodgrass added 12 points in the victory.
Southern Nazarene’s Ndeye Ndiaye, after collecting seven rebounds in this game, moves from #11 to #8 on the NAIA All-Time Rebounding Leaders. Ndiaye only needs four rebounds to move the #7 on the list, passing Cindi Patton of Arkansas Tech, who played from 1987 to 1989.
The Lady Bulldogs of Union University (Tenn.) were led in scoring by Stephanie Clark with 22 points. Ginger Bryant followed with 14 points and Laura Mitchell contributed 12 points. The Lady Bulldogs end the season with a 32-5 record in their fifteenth national tournament appearance.
The defending national champions and #1 seed Southern Nazarene University (34-3) advances into the 8:00 p.m. semifinals on Monday, March 22nd. The Crimson Storm will play the #2 seeded Lady Bearcats of Brescia University (Ky.) who upset the #1 seed Vanguard University by a final score of 65-61 to advance to the national semifinals for the first time.