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National Champs! Tigers Defeat Washington University to Earn Women's Basketball Crown

National Champs! Tigers Defeat Washington University to Earn Women's Basketball Crown

March 17, 2007

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2007 bb champs 1.jpgMarch 17, 2007, Greencastle, Ind. - Video Link [Download Video: "The Final Seconds" - 2719kb] For the first time in its 170-year-history, a DePauw University team has won a national championship. The Tigers battled to the wire and defeated Washington University (St. Louis), 55-52. The game was played at Blake Arena on the campus of Springfield College in Massachusetts and was seen by a national television audience on the CSTV network.

DePauw, which led at one point by 15 points, fought off a late charge from the Bears. It was a one possession game when Washington got the ball back with about 16 seconds left. An attempt at a three-point-shot was blocked. Washington came up with the loose ball and an attempt at a layup rolled off the rim as time expired. Video Link [Download Video: "More of the Tigers' Celebration" - 2233kb]

2007 bb champs 2.jpgDePauw winds up with a 31-3 record, while Washington's season ends with a 25-6 mark.

Video Link [Download Video: "Coach Huffman" - 1622kb] "What a battle on both sides of the basketball court," said DePauw head coach Kris Huffman, seconds after the final buzzer sounded. "Congrats to Wash U. on a great year," she said, adding, "We're thrilled to be standing here right now lifting up that trophy."

"We struggled a little bit on the perimeter, but you know, you find a way," Huffman told CSTV of her team's performance today. "They didn't give up, they keep fighting and we got it done."

With DePauw's lead down to a single point and about 5:20 left to go in the game, Video Link [Download Video: "A Key Three" - 779kb] Kalei Lowes hit a three-point shot fromkris huffman 2007 champ.jpg in front of the Tigers bench to give the team some breathing room.

With 3:46 left on the clock and the margin back to a single point, Video Link [Download Video: "Another Huge Shot" - 936kb]Cassie Pruzin hit a long three-pointer to again shove the Bears back.

Moments later, Video Link [Download Video: "Doughty Makes Her Move" - 575kb] Suzy Doughty made a nice move for an easy layup, giving DePauw a 50-44 advantage, but Washington clawed back and had a chance to tie on its final possession.

Liz Bondi paced the Tiger offense early. She and fellow seniors Doughty and Pruzin combined for 30 points.

2007 bb champs 3.jpgBondi, who is an All-American in basketball and tennis, was named the tournament's most valuable player. She is joined on the All-Tournament team by Doughty, Washington's Jaimie McFarlin, Debbie Bruen (Mary Washington) and Stephanie Ryba (NYU).

DePauw reached the final game by defeating the University of Mary Washington Friday afternoon, 67-61.

For comprehensive coverage of today's game, as well as the Tigers' history-making season, access this story and visit the athletics Web page. Lengthy articles are also posted at CSTV's site and at D3hoops.com.