Updated: 3/24/2014 4:22 PM CST BY TOM JOYNER FOUNDATION
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March 24, 2014
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Lady Wildcats first HBCU to play in semifinals in over a decade
(Marshall, Texas) The Wiley College Women’s Basketball Team has advanced to the Fabulous Four in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics(NAIA) Women’s Basketball Championship with its defeat of Westminster College of Salt Lake City, Utah, 75-58, Saturday in Frankfort, Kentucky. This is the team’s first ascension to the elite ranks in the NAIA. Wiley will be the first historically black college or university to play in the NAIA semifinals since 2002, when former member Central State advanced to the semifinals.
About the Lady Wildcats
The Wiley women’s 30-4 season topped last season’s 29-4 record, when the Lady Wildcats won the Red River Athletic Conference postseason tournament before falling to Campbellsville (Ky.) in the opening round of the 2013 tournament. The Lady Wildcats are 79-17 in three seasons under head coach Courtney Garrett-Pruitt, a former Longview High School standout who was also an assistant coach at Tyler Junior College before coming to Wiley.
“We had a game plan coming in to the game, which was turn our defense into offense, and it proved to be effective,” Coach Garrett-Pruitt said after the game. “We wanted to keep building on that lead, because Westminster is a very good team that had the capability of getting back into that game, and we tried our best to stick to our game plan and not let them back in.”
The Lady Wildcats vs. Freed-Hardeman
The Lady Wildcats will take on the NAIA No. 1 ranked team Freed-Hardeman(Tennessee) Monday night at 7 p.m. CDT.“I know it’s going to be a tough game,” said Coach Garrett-Pruitt .“Freed-Hardeman is a very good team, they have a historic program and great coaching, so I know that we are going to have our work cut out for us, but I believe it’s going to be a very good game.”
The public can view free live stats of the game by visiting the following link http://www.dakstats.com/
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About Wiley College
Wiley College, founded in 1873 in Marshall, Texas, is a historically black, primarily liberal arts, residential, co-educational, baccalaureate degree-granting institution affiliated with The United Methodist Church.