Cal Poly-Pomona 80, Central Missouri 69
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) _ Vickie Mitchell scored 24 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to help No. 8 California State Polytechic Institute at Pomona beat defending champion Central Missouri State 80-69 to win the NCAA Division II women’s basketball championship here Saturday.
Mitchell’s layup sparked a 10-point run by the Broncos midway through the first half and the smaller Jennies were never able to recover.
Cal Poly took a 40-26 lead midway through the first half as 5-11 senior guard Kelly Fraser, who finished with 13 assists, bombed for eight straight points from 25 feet.
Central Missouri, which had come into the tournament ranked No. 1, cut the margin to seven with 11 minutes left to play, behind the shooting of Rosie Jones, the Division II women’s player of the year.
Jones, who finished with 28 points, won the scoring battle with Mitchell, a 6-0 junior, but Central Missouri’s 5-6 and 5-8 guards could not handle the taller Fraser, who picked apart the Central Missouri defenses, to feed Mitchell and 5-10 forward Sheri Jennum underneath.
Jennum finished with 15 points for the 26-7 Broncos, who won the first ever NCAA Division II women’s tournament in 1982 and finished second the following year.
Shara Sherman added 13 points and three steals for Central Missouri, 28-3.