Mar 6th, 2012 @ 10:15 am | Author: Viking Sports Admin
WBB: Women\'s Basketball National Tournament Preview
Opponent: College of the Ozarks

Date: Thursday, March 7

Time: 1:45 PM

Site: NAIA Women's Division II National Tournament, Sioux City, Iowa

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Vikings at a Glance:
The Valley City State University Vikings (19-14) received one of two automatic bids to the NAIA National Tournament in the Association of Independent Institutions Conference with a second place finish at the A.I.I. Conference Tournament last weekend in Madison, SD.

The Vikings, the fourth seed entering the five team tournament, defeated host team Dakota State in a play-in game to reach the semi-finals. Next, the Vikings beat then #7 and rival Jamestown College for the first time in four tries this season to earn the automatic bid to the National Tournament and a shot at the A.I.I. Tournament Championship.

Cal State San Marcos eventually knocked off the Vikings in the Championship game, an overtime 54-52 thriller, the Vikings third game in three days.

Valley City State played without starting guard Katelyn Ralston throughout the A.I.I. Tournament, yet overcame that by playing their standard high pressure defense limiting opponents to an average of just fewer than 50 points a game at 49.6 points per game.

The Vikings defense has vaulted them to the brink of back to back 20 win seasons. The Vikings are ranked number seven in the NAIA Division II rankings in Total Rebound Defense (32.87), number sixteen in Scoring Defense per Game (58.27) and number 21 in Total Steals with 342 on the season.

Valley City State will look to get their 20th win of the season when they open their second consecutive NAIA National Tournament with College of the Ozarks (Point Lookout, MO) on Thursday, March 7.

The Opponent:
The Lady Bobcats enter the NAIA Division II Women's Basketball National Tournament with a 29-3 overall record and the number three ranked team in the nation. College of the Ozarks hails from the Midlands Collegiate Athletics Conference where they ran the table to post a perfect 14-0 record on the season.

The Lady Bobcats are led by 6' junior center, Morgan Smith who averages 19.4 points per game while grabbing 8 rebounds per contest. She is the lone scorer for the Lady Bobcats in double figures.

College of the Ozarks also touts a highly successful defense, limiting opponents to just 56.1 points per game and 33.4% shooting from the floor, including just 26.1% from the three point line.