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Pilots Flight Report: Women's Basketball - NCCAA Regionals

Monday, February 25, 2019

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Pilots Flight Report: Women's Basketball - NCCAA Regionals

Providence entered the regional tournament with the number 2 seed, awarding them a quarter-final bye. The Pilots would wait and see if they would face a familiar Trinity Bible College who they had beaten in the NIAC championship one week prior, or the Calvary University Wariors, from Kansas City MO.

Game #1
GAME: Providence Pilots (18-10) vs Calvary University Warriors (15-2)
SCORE: W 73-65
DATE: Feb. 22, 2019
LOCATION: Dubuque, IA

PILOTS KEY CONTRIBUTORS:
Hannah Van Schie 16 Pts, 11 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 Blk, 5 Stl
Esther Ruchegeza 14 PTs, 11 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 Stl

Game #2
GAME: Providence Pilots (19-10) vs Maranatha Baptist University Sabercats (16-6)
SCORE: L 78-67
DATE: Feb. 23, 2019
LOCATION: Dubuque IA

PILOTS KEY CONTRIBUTORS:
Natalya Reimer 16 Pts, 3 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl
Hannah Van Schie 14 Pts, 9 Reb, 1 Ast, 3 Stl

FROM THE COACH:
"Early on we set our goal on making it to the regional final and giving ourselves a chance at competing for a championship. I am extreamly proud of the accomplishments of my team this season. We improved over the course of the season and put ourselves right in the place we had set out to be. Calvary was a challenging semi-final match but we entered with confidence, knowing that our earlier meeting was not our best performance. We game planned for them and my players executed our plan at a high level resulting in a victory. On Saturday afternoon, we entered just our 3rd regional final in program history. Maranatha had been ranked in the top 10 all season long and was riding an 10 game winning streak into the playoffs. We scouted them the best we could and knew they would be the greatest challenge of our season. Their starting lineup shot the three as good as anybody with all five shooting over 30% and as good as 45% on the season. I believe that my players presented their strongest performance of the season against a very good team. We played with them for 39 minutes and just missed a game tieing 3 with about a minute remaining. I believe the game was much closer then the score represents, but in the end "close" doesn't cut down the nets. With tears and heartache our season came to an end, but I believe our program took a leap in the right direction." - Joel Coursey, Head Coach

FROM THE COACH:
"Despite coming just short of achieving our goal of punching our ticket to Nationals, this weekend, and this season's playoff run, has been a landmark achievement for the program. Once again our team was clicking and contributing eight players deep, in what has been our calling card for all the success we've had this season. To be a shot or two away from going blow for blow with on the best teams in the nation in Maranatha, and avenging a 20+ point mid-season loss against Calvary, shows you just how battle-tested and determined this group of high character women are. As a coaching staff, we couldn't be happier with the effort and high skill level our players were able to put on display this month. Although we didn't take this tournament home, we have proven to be a championship team, and are happy we earned a NIAC banner to show just that. And for our Seniors, we always knew they were championship-calibre players (and people), and we're so proud that they were able to use this season to prove it to the rest of the league as well. - Joey Traa, Assistant Coach

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