Saint Xavier of Illinois defeated Morningside in the last game of the second round in the 2018 NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball National Championship 84-71.
The Cougars started out the game on fire, starting with an 8-0 in the first minute and a half.
Nine different players scored for the Mustangs in the first half, but they struggled from the field, only shooting 28 percent and trailed 43-31 going into the second half.
Opening the third with a 12-0 run, Saint Xavier pulled ahead by 24 before the Mustangs scored their first bucket of the second half.
The Mustangs would not quit, pulling within 8 in the 4th quarter with under five minutes to play, but the Cougars pulled away to finish the game winning by 13.
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