NCAA Championship Success for NSIC Teams

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While this blog is dedicated to college baseball in the Northern Sun Conference, it is a great day to celebrate the success of Northern Sun teams in other sports as well.

Yesterday, the Minnesota State Maverick’s Women’s Basketball team won the NCAA Division 2 basketball national championship.  Heather Johnson led the way as she scored 29 points to lead the team to a 103-94 victory in San Antonio, TX.  The Maverick’s finished the season at 32-2 and won their first school championship of any kind since 1988 when the men’s cross country team won a title.  Stories about their win can be found here –

School Website – Minnesota State Claims National Championship

ESPN – Johnson’s 29 Fuel Mavericks’ Victory

Mankato Free Press – Maverick’s Win National Title

 

This title is the 3rd national championship to be won by Northern Sun teams this year.  In the fall, Minnesota Duluth had a perfect 15-0 season leading to the NCAA Division 2 football championship – Simply The Best.   In addition, the Concordia Golden Bears NCAA D2 women’s volleyball team (38-1) won their 2nd consecutive national championship – 2008 Concordia Volleyball.  Last year, Minnesota Duluth won the 2008 NCAA Division 1 national championship in women’s hockey for the 4th time in the 8 years of the the championship’s history.

 

Not only was yesterday a huge day for Minnesota State but the title hopes of another Northern Sun school were kept alive by a miraculous comeback.  In the NCAA Division 1 hockey tournament, Minnesota Duluth faced off against Princeton.  The Bulldogs were down 4-2 with less than 40 seconds to go in regulation.  They ended up tying the score in a wild finish with .8 seconds on the clock and went on to win in OT to keep their national title hopes alive.  This ended up as the #5 play in ESPN’s top plays.  Here’s the last minute of regulation –

 

 

It should be noted the Minnesota Duluth’s hockey teams are not a part of the NSIC (they are in the WCHA) but the vast majority of their teams do play in the NSIC.

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