Montgomery, W.V. – The top seeded Robert Morris Women's Basketball team defeated fourth seeded Cal State San Marcos University by the score of 65-62 on Saturday, March 2nd to advance to the A.I.I. Tournament championship game. The Eagles raised their record to 18-12 on the year and will play the second seeded and hosts West Virginia Tech in the title game on Sunday, March 3rd at 11:00 A.M. with an automatic berth to the NAIA National Tournament on the line. Fans can listen to the A.I.I. Championship game live at www.eaglesportsnetwork.com or watch it live at the link below.
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Sophomores Yolanda De La Torre and Ashley Segers each scored baskets in the opening minute to put the Eagles up 4-0 to start the game. RMU upped its lead to 18-10 with 11:13 to play in the first half but the Cougars fought back to cut the lead down to 25-24 with 4:12 to go and tied the game at 28-28 with 1:28 to play. Cal State San Marcos took its first lead at 30-28 with 30 seconds left in the half but RMU's Mary Colon tied the game back up at 30-30 as time expired.
The Cougars continued their momentum in the second half, opening with an 8-0 run to take a 38-30 lead with 17:27 left to play. The Eagles' deficit grew to 13 points on two occasions with 11:38 remaining and 10:41 to go and RMU trailed 55-45 with 7:58 left to play. However, the Eagles got hot and went on a 12-2 run to tie the game at 57-57 with 3:48 remaining keyed by four points from Celeste Jones and three points from Ashley Segers. With 3:29 to go, Yolanda De La Torre hit a free throw to give the Eagles their first lead since late in the first half at 58-57 but the Cougars would regain the lead twice before Ashley Segers hit a jumper with 1:14 to go to even things up at 62-62. Segers was then fouled with 19 seconds remaining and hit one of two free throws to put RMU up 63-62. Cal State San Marcos turned the ball over in the final ten seconds and Danisha Cole was fouled and went to the line with five seconds left. Cole hit both her shots from the charity stripe to give the Eagles a three-point lead and the Cougars' last second shot missed for a RMU 65-62 win.
Danisha Cole had a strong performance, scoring a game-high 18 points while Yolanda De La Torre and Ashley Segers both posted double-doubles. Each player grabbed ten rebounds, with De La Torre scoring 13 points and Segers adding 12 points.
The winner of Sunday's championship game will advance to the NAIA National Tournament in Frankfort, Kentucky to be played March 13th through the 19th. RMU is looking to advance to its second NAIA National Tournament and first ever under Head Coach John Natanek.