Brooke Ubelaker scored 22 points and Juwanna Rivers added 20 Saturday to lead Washburn (Kan.) to the NCAA Division II women’s basketball championship with a 70-53 victory over Seattle Pacific at Hot Springs, Ark.
Carli Smith (Valley Christian High) paced Seattle Pacific (30-3) with 14 points and 13 rebounds. She made 6 of 8 shots from the field. Brittney Wood also had 14 points for the Falcons and Michelle Beaumont added 10.
Lora Westling added 12 points for Washburn (35-2), which never trailed after the opening seconds. The Lady Blues held Seattle Pacific to 20 percent shooting in the first half and led 29-19 at the break.
The Falcons were hurt by poor 3-point shooting. The team finished 5 of 27 from beyond the arc, while Washburn made 11 of 27 3-point attempts.
Antwan Walton scored 19 points and notched the go-ahead basket to help Virginia Union hold off Bryant 63-58 in the men’s championship at Grand Forks, N.D.
Walton’s three-point play after a driving basket and free throw gave the Panthers a 61-58 lead with 1:29 left. Luqman Jaaber sealed the victory by forcing a steal and hitting two free throws with 6 seconds remaining.
It was the third championship for Virginia Union, which also won in 1980 and 1992.
The Panthers finished their season at 30-4. Bryant ended 25-9.
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