SIOUX FALLS, S.D — The Central Missouri women's basketball team is a step away from an NCAA Division II national title.
The Jennies advanced to the national championship game with a 70-57 win over Union (Tenn.) in the semifinals on Wednesday at the Sanford Pentagon.
UCM (29-3) will face 36-0 Ashland (Ohio) in the title game on Friday.
"It's what you dream about," UCM coach Dave Slifer said in his postgame press conference. "I think the best text I got was from a retired coach who said 'I am jealous of you. I never got to do it but I'm so proud of you guys.' And I thought that was just a great text because he was honest, because all of us want to be here. And whenever you're done coaching and if you've never been here, then you never did get that chance and these kids are giving us that chance this year."
The Jennies led 34-25 at halftime and opening up a 15-point lead with 3:10 to play. Union cut the lead to five on two occasions in the fourth quarter but Kayonna Lee's layup put UCM up 64-57 with 2:01 left to play and Union never got any closer.
Megan Skaggs led the Jennies with 15 points while Lee had 14 points and 11 rebounds. Kelsey Williams and Paige Redmond added 13 and 12, respectively.