Augie women advance to Elite Eight for 1st time

Augustana’s Alex Feeney hit two free throws with 0.7 seconds left to lift the Vikings to a dramatic 75-74 victory over Emporia State Monday in the NCAA Division II Central Region women’s basketball championship game in Topeka, Kan.

The Vikings advance to the Elite Eight for the first time in school history with the victory.

Augustana (27-6 overall) led by as many as 15 in the first half and was up 37-27 at halftime. Emporia State (23-9) cut the lead to 41-40 with 13 minutes, 30 seconds left in the game. There were six ties and nine lead changes over the final six minutes of action with neither team gaining more than a three-point advantage.

The Lady Hornets took the lead with 13 seconds remaining when Merissa Quick, who scored a team-high 18 points, hit a pair of free throws. Augustana’s Emily Schulte missed a shot that was rebounded by Feeney and she was fouled as time expired. Upon video review, it was determined there were 0.7 seconds left on the clock and Feeney went to the line where she hit the game-winning free throws, two of her game-high 24 points.

Augustana freshman Riley Nordgard, a Canby graduate, had three points, two rebounds and a steal in 12 minutes of action. Emily Bose, a graduate of Murray County Central in Slayton, scored five points in three minutes for the Vikings.