For only the third time in their history, the University of Central Missouri women’s basketball team will compete for the NCAA DII National Championship.
The sixth-seeded Jennies (29-3) earned the honor in a 70-57 win over seventh-seeded Union University in the Final Four on Wednesday.
Defense was the name of the game for UCM as they held Union to a season-low 57 points and forced the Bulldogs into a season-high 14 turnovers.
The win moved the Jennies to 3-2 all-time in National Semifinal games.
Central Missouri now turns to the national title game where they will face top-seeded Ashland University (36-0). The two teams will meet at 7 p.m. Friday at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, SD.
Jennies head coach Dave Slifer says reaching the championship game is something most caches only dream of.
"It's what you dream about," Slifer said. "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."
UCM’s last appearance in the title game came in 1985, an 80-69 loss to California Polytechnic State University-Pomona.
The Jennie's lone title came in 1984 as they captured an 80-73 win over Virginia Union University.
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