Newspaper Features Coach Kris Huffman and Her 2007 National Championship Team
March 24, 2007
March 24, 2007, Greencastle, Ind. - "While most Wabash Valley basketball fans watch the NCAA men’s and women’s tournaments from the edge of their living-room seats, Kris Huffman can sit back, kick her feet up and relax this weekend," begins an article in today's Terre Haute Tribune-Star. "Huffman has earned the right to smile all week because her DePauw women’s team finally achieved its ultimate goal -- capturing the NCAA Division III national championship. The Tigers defeated Mary Washington 67-61 in the semifinal round March 16 before edging Washington (St. Louis) University 55-52 in the title game last Saturday at Springfield, Mass."
"It’s a wonderful feeling," Huffman tells the newspaper. "We’re certainly going to enjoy this for a while." David Hughes wrires, "Huffman said a healthy crowd of DePauw students, faculty and staff members and supporters from the Greencastle community greeted her team when it returned to the Lilly Center on Sunday afternoon."
The story also notes, "DePauw senior Liz Bondi, a 5-foot-10 forward who averaged 15.7 points per game this season, was named Most Valuable Player of the national finals. Huffman described Bondi as 'a very selfless player with a great attitude.' 'You couldn’t ask for a better leader,' Huffman continued. 'On the court, she was our go-to player. She had a tremendous senior year.'"
Hughes notes, "Looking toward next season, Huffman said the Tigers will lose five seniors to graduation, including Bondi. Replacing them probably won’t make her job any easier. 'Repeating,' Huffman replied when asked about the possibility of DePauw winning a second straight Division III national title in 2008. 'We won’t even talk about that.'"
Read the complete text at the newspaper's Web site.
Video highlights of the game (which was televised nationally on CSTV) and the Tigers' celebration can be accessed in this previous story and comprehensive coverage of the team's historic season can be found by clicking here.
(top and bottom photos: Richard Orr; middle image: CSTV)Back