SNU Wins National Title Number Seven With 77-61 Rout of OCU

(JACKSON,TN)---Southern Nazarene University claimed its seventh NAIA National Championship in women’s basketball on Tuesday night with a 77-61 rout of Sooner Athletic Conference rival Oklahoma City University at the Oman Arena in Jackson, Tennessee. SNU solidifies their position as the most dominant women’s basketball program in NAIA history with the win. SNU has now won seven National Titles, two National Runner-Up trophies and have a mark of 55-7 in National Tournament play.

Southern Nazarene (36-3) took control of Tuesday night’s tilt early in the contest. SNU, a #1-seed in the tournament and the 2nd-ranked team in the country, exploded to a 43-27 halftime leady.

OCU, also a #1-seed in the tournament and the #1 ranked team in the country, would fight back late in the second half, cutting SNU’s lead to 61-60 with six minutes to play in the game. The Crimson Storm would then get a huge four point play from senior Katie Korfe as Korfe drilled and three and was fouled that would give SNU the momentum for the rest of the game. The Storm used the four point play from Korfe to out score the Stars 16-1 in the final six minutes of the game and roll to a 77-61 win.

SNU’s Ndeye Ndiaye led the way for Southern Nazarene with a huge double-double performance. Ndiaye scored 19 points and grabbed 16 rebounds and was named the National Tournament’s Most Valuable Player. Khady Ngom followed with 15 points for SNU and Katie Snodgrass added 13 points for the victorious Crimson Storm.

Snodgrass and Ngom also earned All-Tournament team honors for their outstanding performances at the National Tournament. Other honors for SNU were Ndeye Ndiaye being named a First Team All-American for the third consecutive year and Katie Snodgrass earning Third Team All-American honors.

OCU was led by 21 points from Sadio Sangare and 14 points apiece from Kesha Watson and Detra Ashley. Oklahoma City finishes the season at 38-2.

SNU’s Lori Carter was named the NAIA National Coach of the Year for her outstanding performance in leading the Crimson Storm to a National Title. Carter, a former All-American at SNU, is in her first season at the helm of a dynasty she helped build as a player.

Carter’s Crimson Storm finish the 2004 season with a 36-3 record and the program’s seventh NAIA National Championship. A celebration to welcome back the Champs has been set for 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday night, March 24, in the Sawyer Center.