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Vanguard Women Claim NAIA Basketball National Title

Second-seeded Vanguard (Costa Mesa, California) University became the NAIA's first-ever Division I Women's Basketball National Champion from the state of California, defeating sixth-seeded Trevecca Nazarene (Nashville, Tennessee) University, 72-59, in Tuesday's national title game held in Jackson, Tennessee.



"The first thing I thought about when we won tonight was how many phone calls I got today from all of our past players, even the players we brought out for our program's first national tournament (in 1998)," says Vanguard head coach Russ Davis, the 2008 NAIA Coach of the Year. "This win was special for all the players who had been here before and last year's seniors, because they built this program up . . . to this point where we could win a national championship."




For the second straight game, Vanguard shot over 45 percent from three-point range, knocking down 11-of-24 (46 percent) three-pointers in the win over Trevecca Nazarene after sinking 10-of-22 (46 percent) in Monday's 74-72 semifinal win over previously unbeaten and No. 1-seeded Union (Tennessee) University.




Vanguard (AG) is the first NAIA champion located outside Oklahoma or Tennessee since 1993, and the Lions are the first program west of the Rockies to claim the NAIA Division I women's championship. Vanguard finishes its national title run with a final record of 29-5.




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