Campbellsville (Ky.) senior, and former Floyd Central standout, Madison Kaiser will lead the Tigers into the 39th annual NAIA Division I Women’s Basketball National Championship tournament, which starts today in Billings, Mont.
Second-ranked Campbellsville is a No. 1 seed in the Liston Bracket of the 32-team field. The Tigers (31-2) will face Providence (Montana) (18-13) at 12:15 p.m. ET Thursday in their first game. Campbellsville is making its NAIA-record 27th national tournament appearance, while the Argos will be making their second.
Kaiser, a 5-foot-9 wing, tops the team in made 3-pointers (52), ranks second in steals (56) and fourth in scoring at 10.7 points per game — she’s one of five Tigers averaging double figures. She also averages 2.3 rebounds per game and shoots 84.6 percent from the free throw line.
Kaiser is also one of three Madisons in the starting lineup. The other two are senior guard Madison Stewart and junior forward Madison Faulkner.
This is Kaiser’s fourth trip to the national tourney. She and the Tigers lost in the Round of 16 last year, the Fab Four (a.k.a. the national semifinals) in 2017 and the Round of 8 in 2016.
Campbellsville, the automatic qualifier from the Mid-South Conference, will carry a 19-game winning streak into the tournament. The Tigers’ only losses this season were 75-64 to Columbia (Mo.) on Nov. 23 and 76-75 to St. Francis on Dec. 19. Columbia is the No. 1 seed in the Duer Bracket and could face off against Campbellsville in the Fab Four if each team wins its first three games.
KNIGHTS FALL IN NATIONAL SEMIS
Marian freshman, and 2018 Floyd Central graduate, Luke Gohmann and the Knights had their season ended Monday night in the 28th annual NAIA Division II Men’s Basketball National Championship semifinals in Sioux Falls, S.D.
Spring Arbor (Mich.) downed Marian 66-50 in the Fab Four at the Sanford Pentagon.
Gohmann, a 6-5 swingman, had an assist in two minutes off the bench Monday night for the Knights, who ended their season 28-8. Gohmann averaged 2.6 points and three rebounds a game in his freshman campaign.
In the first round of that tourney, Briar Cliff (Iowa) outlasted Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) and former Christian Academy standout Nic Reed 103-88 last Thursday. Reed, a 6-5 junior forward, tallied 30 points and seven rebounds in the loss.
Reed finished his season averaging 27.3 points and 9.3 rebounds per game. He’ll enter his senior campaign with 2,307 career points — third all-time in program history. He established new single-season records in scoring (875 points) and made free throws (243) as a junior.