SIOUX CITY, Iowa - (Box Score) Sterling (Kan.) overcame a minimal 33 field-goal percentage to edge Huntington (Ind.) 61-52 in first-round action Thursday at the 19th Annual State Farm-NAIA Division II Women's Basketball National Championship at the Tyson Events Center/Gateway Arena.
Sterling moves past the first round for the 11th time in 14 appearances in the national championship and will put its 27-4 record on the line Friday at 1:45 p.m. against the winner of the Northwestern (Iowa)/Indiana Northwest winner. The season ends for Huntington at 21-10 and is forced to exit after its first game in three trips to the event.
Both teams were troubled with low shooting percentages from the entire floor, but were able to make up for it at the free-throw line. Sterling converted on 26-of-33 attempts and Huntington was 11-of-21 at the charity stripe. The ability to score down low became key with the inability to knock d