The Central Missouri women’s basketball team advanced to the NCAA Division II national semifinals with a 72-62 victory over Lubbock Christian in the Elite Eight on Monday in Sioux Falls, S.D.

The Jennies (28-3) will face Union University (Tenn.) at 6 p.m. Wednesday with a spot in the national championship game on the line.

Morgan Fleming led five Jennies in double figures with 16 points. MIAA player of the year Paige Redmond added 14 while Kayonna Lee chipped in 13 and Morgan Skaggs and Kelsey Williams scored 10 each.

“Number one, I am very proud of my kids, they were very tremendous again today, and to be quite honest, I think that says a lot for our MIAA conference,” UCM coach Dave Slifer said in the postgame press conference.

UCM had to get past Fort Hays State en route to its final four run, defeating the Tigers 66-59 in the Central Regional semifinals on March 10.

Meyer tabbed as Northwest Missouri women’s basketball coach

Northwest Missouri State announced Monday the hiring of Austin Meyer as the Bearcats head women’s basketball coach.

Meyer spent the last 10 seasons as an assistant coach for Northwest’s men’s basketball team, including the last three seasons as associate head coach.

"I am extremely excited about the opportunity to lead our women's basketball program," Meyer said in a Northwest news release. “Northwest is a special place with so many great people. Our program will have very high standards in everything we do. We will be very active in the community and will deliver a great college experience for our young women. I look forward to the challenge of building a winning culture, graduating our kids and preparing them for life after college."

 Meyer, a former standout player at Northwest from 2002-06, replaces Buck Scheel, who was 14-40 in two seasons as head coach of the Northwest women's team.

MIAA players earn All-American honors

Five MIAA basketball players received All-America honors from various organizations on Monday.

Northwest Missouri State senior guard Justin Pitts was named player of the year by The Basketball Times and was also included on the 2018 NABC Coaches Division II All-America team. 

Washburn senior forward Brady Skeens was a third-team All-America pick by The Basketball Times.

On the women’s side, UCM’s Redmond, a junior guard, was a first-team pick on the WBCA All-America team while Pittsburg State senior guard Mikaela Burgess and Central Oklahoma senior guard Melinda Murillo were honorable mention selections.

FHSU women’s golf sits eighth in St. Joe

The Fort Hays State women’s golf team sits in eighth place out of 14 teams after one round in the Holiday Inn Express Classic on Monday in St. Joseph, Mo.

FHSU’s Hannah Perkins is tied for 17th after firing an 83.

The Tiger men’s golf team was scheduled to take part in the UNK Spring Invitational on Monday and Tuesday in Kearney, Neb., but the tournament was canceled due to snow and low temperatures.

The Tiger men are set to play in the Bob Writz Invitational on Saturday and Sunday in Lakewood, Colo.