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KFBB to KC: Lady Argos Return to Sweet 16 After First Round Win

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In 2015 Lady Argo basketball made it to the Elite Eight of the NAIA Division I Women’s Basketball Championships. The team took its first step towards repeating that run in 2016, defeating 4-seed Central Methodist University 70-58 off of long range shooting and a 24-17 third quarter.

UGF went into the half with a 32-28, thanks to three 3-pointers from Morgan Grier, and continued to rely on the hot shooting junior in the third quarter to push the lead to double digits. Grier’s shooting was a needed weapon with her teammates struggling to score in the paint for much of the game.

“I was surprised that they were able to take away the inside as well as they did, but fortunately we can shoot the basketball from the outside,” UGF head coach Bill Himmelberg said. “We had some open looks and Morgan did her job and knocked them down.”

Thanks to Grier and senior All-American Erin Legel, the game appeared in hand with UGF leading by 14 with five minutes left. A successful CMU press, however, started a nine-point Eagle run to bring the deficit to five points with three minutes remaining. After a CMU steal almost led to a backbreaking Eagle three, Coach Himmelberg called a much needed timeout.

“We talked about making sure we took care of the basketball, rebounded and got stops,” Himmelberg said of the timeout discussion. “The offensive end takes care of itself. As long as we take care of the basketball, we’re going to score baskets.”

Those thoughts did the trick and the Lady Argos we the only team to score till the clock hit zero. UGF committed no turnovers in the final two and half minutes and Legel hit four of the team’s seven made free throws give the Lady Argos a 12-point victory.

Legel scored 17 of her 28 in the second half while junior center Whitney George scored six, grabbed six boards, and blocked four shots in the final two quarters.

Grier finished with 19 points and Legel led all scorers with 28. Legel also totaled eight rebounds, four assists, and three steals while playing all 40 minutes. George earned her 8th double-double of the season, scoring 10, rebounding 14, and blocking five. The trio of Legel, Grier, and George scored 57 of the team’s 70 points.

“Its important to win one here. The hardest thing to do is come in here and win, because everyone has been preparing for each other for a full week,” Himmelberg said. “Winning the first game, I think, is the hardest game of the tournament and then from then everyone is on equal ground with a little amount of time to prepare.”

The win brings Coach Himmelberg and the Lady Argo’s record in the NAIA tournament over the past two season to 3-1. TUGF will move on to the second round of the tournament to play 1-seed Lyon (Ark.) on Friday, March 18 at 5:15 pm MST.

“One of our assistant coaches from last year did a scout on both Lyon and LSU-Shreveport incase we were fortunate enough to get by the first round, so now we’ll start looking at that scout and looking to Lyon,” Himmelberg said. “Hopefully we’ll be ready to go.”

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