ROMEOVILLE – For the sixth straight season, the Lewis women’s basketball team will be in the NCAA Tournament. They learned this Sunday as the NCAA announced the field of 64. The Flyers are the No. 6 seed in this weekend’s Midwest Region tournament which will be held in Ashland, Ohio. They will face No. 3 seed Southern Indiana for the fourth time.
Lewis (23-7) advanced to the GLVC semifinals where it lost to Southern Indiana, 76-68, on Saturday. The Flyers will make their 13th NCAA Tournament appearance. They’re 6-12 in NCAA Tournament games and won the Midwest Regional championship in 2015.
WOMEN’S TRACK & FIELD
Pulliam honored: The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association named Lewis junior Cierra Pulliam, a Romeoville graduate, as Midwest Region Field Athlete of the Year. Pulliam earned the honor after winning the triple jump at 13.02 meters and long jump at 6.04 meters at conference, breaking both records. Her triple jump was an automatic qualifying leap, and she got a provisional in the long jump. She ranks second in the nation in the triple jump and fifth in the long jump. She heads to nationals Friday in Pittsburg, Kansas.
St. Francis wins two: The Saints beat Missouri Valley, 4-3, and Dakota State, 10-7. In the opener, Anna Wetherell had two hits and winner Morghan Dieringer, who threw a perfect game on Sunday, tossed a three hitter with
11 strikeouts. In the finale, Ally Balandis had three hits, Katelyn Rolniak homered and had four RBIs and Kayla Garcia had three RBIs.
Lewis goes 2-0: The Flyers beat Sciences, 8-5, and Nyack, 12-4. In the first game, Cassie Shaw (homer, three RBIs) and Kendyl Strack each had three hits, while Dara Sanders got the win in relief. In the second game, Carley Maupin drove in four runs, while Sanders tossed seven innings in relief for the victory.
Lewis 10, Saint Anselm 4: Connor Rutherford (homer, four RBIs) and Brandon Post each had three hits, Neal Tyrell and Ryan Schefske each had two RBIs and starter Blake Marks struck out seven in seven innings to get the win.
Warner 9, St. Francis 4: Tom Smith had three hits and Anthony Faron added two hits and two RBIs for the Saints.