Top-seeded Oklahoma City repeated as champions Tuesday by outlasting fellow No. 1 Campbellsville 80-63 in the women's NAIA Tournament in Independence, Mo.
"It feels just as good as it did last year, especially with this group of seniors," Oklahoma City Coach Latricia Trammell said. "They really fought this game."
With the victory, the Stars (30-2) now own an NAIA-high eight titles. Oklahoma City is now 9-1 against Campbellsville.
Senior center Ouleymatou Coulibaly helped Oklahoma City gain a 39-26 edge at halftime with 13 of her 19 points and five rebounds. Rateska Brown chipped in 12 points at the half and finished with 29.
Lindey Young was a bright spot for the Lady Tigers (33-4). Young had 14 of her team's 26 first-half points and finished with a team-high 16 off the bench.
Campbellsville had no answers for the Stars' duo, who teamed to extend the lead to 18 on two occasions. The Lady Tigers closed the deficit to 70-60 with the 3:47 left.
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Mississippi State: Ben Howland's coaching career has made the unlikely trek from Westwood to Starkville with a TV timeout in between.
The 57-year-old was introduced as Mississippi State's new men's coach Tuesday. The former UCLA coach — who led the Bruins to three straight Final Fours from 2006 to 2008 — takes over a program with only a fraction of the national prestige, though the Bulldogs did make their one and only Final Four appearance in 1996.
Howland replaces Rick Ray, who was fired on Saturday after a 37-60 record over three seasons, including a 15-44 mark against SEC competition.
The coaching search barely lasted two days. Mississippi State Athletic Director Scott Stricklin said he had phone conversations with Howland on Saturday and Sunday, and then the two met Monday to finalize a deal.
Stricklin said Howland has a four-year contract that will pay an average of $2.05 million annually. Howland "was hungry, and ready to get back into coaching," Stricklin said. "I was really surprised he was still on the market."
Arizona State: Herb Sendek got the Sun Devils back to the NCAA Tournament following the 2013-14 season behind stellar Jahii Carson.
Once Carson left, so did the Sun Devils' chances at another NCAA bid, and of Sendek keeping his job.
The coach was fired after nine seasons that included two NCAA Tournaments and four NIT appearances.
Arizona State labored this season after its NCAA Tournament berth a year ago, finishing 18-16 with a second-round loss to Richmond in the NIT. Sendek, a former assistant to Rick Pitino at Kentucky, finished his career in the desert at 159-137.
SE Missouri State: Both the men's and women's coaching jobs at Southeast Missouri State are now open.
Men's coach Dickey Nutt was fired, just hours after the school announced that women's coach Ty Margenthaler had resigned.
Nutt had an 80-108 record during six years as coach. The Redhawks won a spot in the eight-team Ohio Valley Conference tournament five times but never advanced past the quarterfinal round.
Margenthaler was 37-78 in four seasons at Southeast. The NCAA is investigating violations allegedly committed by Margenthaler.
Miami 63, Richmond 61: Sheldon McClellan gave Miami its first lead of the game with 1:02 left and the Hurricanes rallied from 18 points down at Richmond to advance to the NIT semifinals.