It took an extra 15 minutes of play, but Westmont (27-6) has advance to the semifinals of the NAIA Women’s Basketball National Championships by defeating the Bison of Oklahoma Baptist (27-6) in triple overtime by a score of 83-81.
Across town, Westmont men’s team was competing in the quarterfinals NAIA Men’s Basketball National Championships and just two minutes before the end of the women’s game, the men also advanced by defeated Mid-American Christian by a score of 78-66.
As a result, Westmont has two teams that will play in their respective national tournament semifinals on Monday. Prior to this season, the Warriors had never had both basketball teams win in the first round in the same year.
The women’s quarterfinal was a battle of defensive minded teams from start to finish. Westmont fell behind 7-1 in the first four minutes but a bucket in the paint by Aysia Shellmire sparked a 12-0 run to put Westmont in front 13-7.