Queen Bees’ season ends a National Tournament

For the first time since the 2006-2007 season, the St. Ambrose University Queen Bees basketball  team qualified for the 2011 NAIA Division II Women’s National Tournament, held at the Tyson Events Center in Sioux City, Iowa.
The Queen Bees were one of the tournaments’ number three seeds, and they faced a number six seed, the Mount Vernon Nazarene College Lady Cougars. The Queen Bees got off to a fast start in the game, as they scored the games’ first seven points, highlighted by a Kayla Sandborn three-pointer.  Then Mount Vernon Nazarene would answer with a five-to-zero run to cut the Bees’ lead to just two. The Queen Bees caught fire in the first half as they hit three three-pointers during a 15 to nothing run, to go up 22 to five.  The Bees would go up as much as 18 in the first half, but the Lady Cougars would keep it interesting as Lauren Johnson would hit a three-pointer right before the halftime buzzer to cut the Queen Bee lead to 13, with a score of 37-24.
The Lady Cougars came out to start the second half on a six-to-two run, the Queen Bees led 39-30, but that’s as close as they would get as a Megan Cash’s three-pointer would keep the Queen Bees’ lead in double figures the rest of the ball game.
The Queen Bees would defeat the Lady Cougars by a score of 73-56.  The Queen Bees were led in scoring by Ali Dolphin and Mollie Yeargle who both scored 15 points a piece, and Annie Smith came off the bench and chipped in 11. The Lady Cougars were led by Amanda Himes’ 14 points, 16 rebound double-double but Himes was only 5-18 from the field. The Lady Cougars ended their season at 21-9.  For the Queen Bees, they would advance to the “Sweet 16” to take on the Indiana Wesleyan Wildcats.
The “Sweet 16” game between the number two seed Indiana Wesleyan, and the Queen Bees  game would give anyone a run. Indiana Wesleyan would start the game out nine-to-two.  Then the Bees would go on an eleven-to-zero run, highlighted by three three-pointers, two from Shelly Charvat, and the other by Annie Smith. Smith’s triple gave the Queen Bees a 17-14 lead at the start of the half. The Wildcats would responded to the Bees with a 10-to-one run, by going up 27-19. A Sandborn basket right before the halftime buzzer would cut the Wildcats to seven by a score of 36-29.
The Wildcats would go on a seven-to-zero run to go up 53-38 with and the Queen Bees couldn’t make a comeback, losing the game 65-53.
The Queen Bees were led in scoring by Ali Dolphin, who had 15 points, and Shelly Charvat, who added 11. The Queen Bees shot 52 percent (13-25) from the free-throw line.
The Wildcats were led by Kayla Thompson, who had 18 points and seven rebounds.  They shot 80 percent (20-25) from the free throw line.
The Queen Bees end their 2010-2011 season as MCC regular season and tournament champions, and finish up with a record of 29-5.

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