Slone Masters had a game to remember on basketball's biggest stage as she scored a career-high 31 points and led No. 14 Briar Cliff to a 94-77 win over No. 20 Siena Heights, in a first round match-up at the NAIA Div. II Women's Basketball National Championship, at Sioux City's Tyson Events Center.
It was only the eighth time this season that Masters hit double figures and the first time she scored more than 20 points. On the season, Masters is averaging 7.2 ppg, but over the last three games, that average has skyrocketed to 19.0 ppg. Masters, who helped the Chargers to a 31-point advantage in bench scoring, was 6-15 from the field, including 4-8 from three-point land. She was 15-16 from the line. Kelsey Evans added 18 points, while Sara Reeves and Mattie Murren tossed in 13 and 12 points, respectively. The rest of the Charger line-up combined for 20 points. Briar Cliff shot 40.6 percent from the field, 31.0 percent from three-point land and 82.9 percent from the charity stripe.
Siena Heights, which saw its season come to close with a record of 23-10, shot 38.4 percent from the field, 26.7 percent from downtown and 70.8 percent from the line. Sierra Calhoun led the Heights with 25 points, while Amanda Duke had 14. The Chargers held Morgan Warfield, the nation's top three-point shooter, to only two triples and a dozen points.
With the win, the Chargers improved 24-9 overall and 10-0 all-time in the tourney's first round.