BALTIMORE – The Bowie State University women’s basketball team had quite a run through the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Tournament last week – until Virginia Union University ended it in the finals.
The Lady Bulldogs knocked off Shaw University in the opening round of the tournament and then took down top-seeded Fayetteville State University in the quarterfinals before beating Virginia State in the semifinals.
However, everything stopped in the finals when Virginia Union scored its fourth CIAA title with a 73-57 victory over Bowie State in Charlotte.
Alexis Johnson posted a double-double of 21 points and 18 rebounds to lead Virginia Union. The Panthers scored the game’s first seven points, took a 20-6 lead after one quarter and never looked back.
Bowie State shot just 29 percent from the floor, and Kyah Proctor topped the Bulldogs with 22 points. Kiara Colston added 13.
However, the team received good news on March 4, as the NCAA selected its field for Division II postseason play. The Bulldogs are the No. 8 seed and will get a rematch from the CIAA Tournament against conference champion Virginia Union University.
The Lady Panthers will host the first three rounds at Barco-Stevens Hall on the VUU campus with opening round games beginning on March 9.
UMD women fall
After beating Indiana and Nebraska in the Big Ten tournament, Maryland dropped a 79-69 decision to Ohio State University in the championship game on Sunday night.
Kaila Charles led Maryland with 22 points in the loss as the Terps were not able to recover from a weak second quarter. That is when the Lady Buckeyes outscored Maryland 27-9 and took a 44-31 halftime lead.
Still, Maryland tried to battle back. The Lady Terps cut the lead to 61-59 on a Charles layup with under six minutes remaining.
After that, though, it was all Ohio State. The Lady Buckeyes went on a 16-5 run and took command to close out Maryland.
The only question now is where Maryland, which has struggled lately, will go in the NCAA tournament.