Shipley, Howe still going in NAIA D-II basketball

SIOUX CITY – The 14th-ranked Briar Cliff women’s basketball team advanced to the Elite Eight of the NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball National Championship Friday with an 80-67 win over No. 5 College of the Ozarks at the Tyson Events Center.

The Chargers (25-9) held the Lady Bobcats (30-5) to 31 percent shooting from the field, which included a 1-for-12 performance from 3-point range (8.3 percent). Briar Cliff also got 35 points from its bench players, while Ozarks had just six.

West Marshall High School graduate McKenzie Shipley, a freshman guard at Briar Cliff, contributed five points, two steals, an assist and a rebound with no turnovers in just more than 11 minutes off the bench. Shipley shot 2-for-5 from the field, going 1-for-2 from 3-point range, in helping the Chargers advance to the national quarterfinals.

Briar Cliff will face fourth-ranked Indiana Wesleyan (32-3) in tonight’s 6 p.m. quarterfinal game in Sioux City.

Statesmen into Elite Eight

POINT LOOKOUT, Mo. – The top overall seed William Penn poured in 15 3-pointers on its way to a 101-84 win over Bethel (Ind.) College in the second round of the NAIA Division II Men’s Basketball National Championship on Friday afternoon.

The No. 1-ranked Statesmen (32-2) will face Midland (Neb.) University (21-12) in today’s 1 p.m. quarterfinals.

Keith Steffeck (26), James Devlin (23) and Taylor Stoutner (21) accounted for 14 3-pointers and 70 points for the Statesmen.

West Marshall High School graduate Ross Howe, a junior forward for William Penn, saw 6:34 of court time and finished 0-for-1 from the field.