Women’s Basketball NCAA Preview (Rounds 1-2)

Women’s Basketball NCAA Preview (Rounds 1-2)

NCAA Division III Championship (Rounds 1-2)
Host: University of St. Thomas (St. Paul, Minn.)


Friday, March 2:

  • 5:30 PM: UChicago vs. Wisconsin Lutheran
  • 8:00 PM: St. Thomas vs. Chapman

Saturday, March 3: 

  • 7:00 PM: Friday winners

 

#9 University of Chicago Maroons

  • Season record: 23-2 overall / 14-0 UAA (University Athletic Association)
  • NCAA appearances: 7 times (1995, 2008, 2010-12, 2017-18)
  • NCAA postseason record: 8-6
  • Best NCAA result: Quarterfinals (2011)
  • How They Qualified: Won UAA Championship
  • Top PlayersOlariche Obi (F, Jr.) – 12.5 PPG, 11.3 RPG, 2.7 SPG, 0.9 BPG / Mia Farrell (G, So.) – 15.6 PPG, 2.8 RPG, 1.9 APG, 1.5 SPG / Taylor Lake (F, So.) – 13.8 PPG, 5.9 RPG, 1.9 APG, 1.7 SPG
  • National stat rankings: 78.2 Points (12th) / +7.56 Turnover Margin (21st) / 403 Free Throws Made (22nd) / +17.5 PPG Scoring Margin (24th)
  • Notes: Mia Farrell ranks 20th in the nation with 129 free throws made – the second-most in program history for a season … The Maroons are riding a 21-game winning streak, tied for the second-longest in program history … Olariche Obi has totaled 14 double-doubles this season, and 18 games with double-digit rebounds … UChicago's defense is forcing 22.6 turnovers per game and has held 10 teams under 34 percent shooting from the field this season.

 

Wisconsin Lutheran College Warriors

  • Season record: 24-3 overall / 18-2 NACC (Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference)
  • NCAA appearances: 9 times (2000, 2003, 2011-16, 2018)
  • NCAA postseason record: 2-8
  • Best NCAA result: Second Round (2011, 2015)
  • How They Qualified: Won NACC Tournament Championship
  • Top Players: Jenn Dowden (F, Jr.) – 17.4 PPG, 5.4 RPG, 3.3 APG / Caitlin Knueppel (G/F, Sr.) – 14.5 PPG, 3.0 RPG / Coreana Carson (G, Sr.) – 10.6 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 3.6 APG
  • National stat rankings: 47.9 Points Allowed (7th) / 1.26 Assist:Turnover Ratio (8th) / +20.6 PPG Scoring Margin (12th) / 44.5 Field-Goal Percentage (15th)
  • Notes: Caitlin Knueppel ranks 28th in the nation with 72 three-pointers made … The Warriors have reached the NCAA postseason for the seventh time in the last eight years … Jen Dowden was named NACC Player of the Year this season, leading the team in scoring with 17.4 points per game … Of the four teams in the regional pod, WLC features the fewest combined shots per game (103.5) and fewest rebounds per game (65.0).

 

#8 University of St. Thomas Tommies

  • Season record: 25-2 overall / 18-0 MIAC (Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference)
  • NCAA appearances: 25 times (1984, 1987-2001, 2008, 2010, 2012-18)
  • NCAA postseason record: 49-24
  • Best NCAA result: National Title (1991)
  • How They Qualified: Won MIAC Tournament Championship
  • Top Players: Hannah Spaulding (C, Jr.) – 19.9 PPG, 8.3 RPG, 2.4 BPG / Lucia Renikoff (G, Jr.) – 13.8 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 2.3 APG, 1.4 SPG / Lauren Fischer (G/F, Sr.) – 7.7 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 1.7 APG
  • National stat rankings: 46.8 Field-Goal Percentage (3rd) / 38.3 Three-Point Field-Goal Percentage (5th) / 76.6 Free-Throw Percentage (8th) / +20.2 PPG Scoring Margin (14th) / 8.2 Three-pointers Per Game (17th)
  • Notes: St. Thomas has won eight of the past nine MIAC playoff championships … The Tommies have won 24 of their past 25 games and own a 6-1 record against teams that are currently in the NCAA postseason field … St. Thomas ranks in the top eight in NCAA Division III in all three major shooting categories while also holding opponents to under 53 points per game … Hannah Spaulding has scored in double figures in all but two games this season and has tallied seven double-doubles.

 

Chapman University Panthers

  • Season record: 23-4 overall / 15-1 SCIAC (Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference)
  • NCAA appearances: 13 times (1997, 2001-09, 2011, 2014, 2018)
  • NCAA postseason record: 7-12
  • Best NCAA result: Round of 16 (2002)
  • How They Qualified: Won SCIAC Tournament Championship
  • Top Players: Lucy Criswell (F, So.) – 15.2 PPG, 5.7 RPG / Jaime Hum-Nishikado (G, Sr.) – 13.2 PPG / Jaryn Fajardo (G, Jr.) – 11.3 PPG, 5.5 RPG, 4.7 APG, 2.7 SPG
  • National stat rankings: 36.7 Three-Point Field-Goal Percentage (14th) / 17.9 Assists Per Game (18th) / 23.1 Turnovers Forced Per Game (27th) / 12.8 Steals Per Game (33rd)
  • Notes: Chapman has won 17 of its last 18 games, with three of its losses this season coming against 20-win teams … Jaryn Fajardo is seventh in the nation with a 2.49 Assist-to-Turnover ratio … Jaime Hum-Nishikado is 19th nationally in three-pointers per game (2.89) while Lucy Criswell is 20th in three-point percentage (.426) … Over the last 18 games, the Panthers have won by an average of 16.2 points.