After winning the KCAC regular season championship and securing a trip to the NAIA women's basketball national tournament the Friends University Falcons entered the KCAC post-season tournament with their sights on another championship plaque.
Defeating Bethany College in quarterfinal action the Falcons faced the Coyotes of Kansas Wesleyan on Saturday night at the Garvey PE Center. Unfortunately Friends University suffered their first defeat since the Christmas break, losing to KWU 66-49.
Kansas Wesleyan will now play Southwestern College in the championship game of the tournament on Monday night. The winner will advance as the second KCAC representative to the national tournament.
The Falcons never seemed to get untrack during the game, falling behind 41-30 at halftime. For approximately two thirds of the second half both teams seemed to struggle offensively as the teams combined for a total of 21 points with less than nine minutes remaining in the game.
The Coyote offense finally caught fire and allowed Kansas Wesleyan to extend their lead to 58-44 with 2:11 remaining in the game, and ultimately win by a 17 point margin.
The loss by Friends University is their only home loss of the season. Ranked #24 in the NAIA the Falcons will take a 23-8 record into the 32 team national tournament which will begin with first round action March 6 & 7 at the Tyson Events Center in Sioux City, IA.
This is the second straight tournament appearance for Friends University. Last year after winning the KCAC regular season championship, the Falcons advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NAIA tournament before losing to Indiana Wesleyan University.
Friends University will learn their first round opponent during the national tournament announcements on Wednesday, February 27.