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Westmont v Lee NAIA Division I Women's Basketball National Championship 03-19-13 : Westmont Wins First-Ever National Championship
Canitez, Sampson's 25-point performances propel Warriors to 71-65 win. 
March 19, 2013 
 FRANKFORT, Ky. - (NAIA Sports Information) Westmont captured the program's first-ever national championship tonight with a 71-65 win over Lee (Tenn.) in the championship final of the 2013 NAIA Division I Women's Basketball National Championship at the Frankfort Convention Center. 
Westmont, who finishes the season with a 30-4 overall record, sealed the institution's eighth national crown when tournament Most Valuable Player Tugce Canitez connected on a runner in the lane to give the Warriors a 71-65 lead with nine seconds left. Lee (34-3) had its last two opportunities blocked as the final seconds ran off the clock. 

Canitez and fellow forward Kelsie Sampson paced Westmont with 25 points each, while guard Esther Lee scored 12 points on a 4-of-5 effort from beyond the arc. Canitez, who added a game-high 20 rebounds to earn her 17th double-double of the season, ended her senior season four points shy of tying the Westmont career scoring record. 

Lee's Hollie German set the tone early as she scored the Lady Flames first nine points, including her first of four 3-pointers to open the game. The Lady Flames grew their lead to eight, 16-8, seven minutes into the first half on another German three. 

However, Westmont took its first lead of the night, 17-16, with a 9-0 run capped by two free throws by Kelsie Sampson. The two teams traded runs over the next few minutes before Westmont's high-pressure defense began to upset Lee's tempo. 

The Warriors held Lee, who shot 50 percent from the field up until the eight minute mark, to only two field goals over the final eight minutes of the first half. The drought allowed Westmont to go on a 15-2 run before German hit a fade-away jumper as the buzzer sounded to make it 34-30 Westmont at the half.

Westmont finished the opening period shooting 48 percent (12-of-25) from the floor, while Lee limped into the half with a 36.4 percent (12-of-33) field goal percentage. Canitez and German both scored 14 points in the half.

Lee came out of the locker room as the aggressor, scoring four quick points to tie the score 34-34 at the 19:31 mark. The Lady Flames tied the score twice more during the period, but each time Westmont scored on its next possession. The Warriors earned their first double-digit lead of the game with 4:42 left on Sampon's 25th point of the night.

Back-to-back buckets by Jenna Adams and a 3-pointer from German cut the Westmont advantage back to three points with under a minute remaining, however it proved too little too late.

Westmont finished the game shooting 47.4 percent (27-of-57) from the field and 40 percent from beyond the arc. The Warriors out rebounded the Lady Flames, 45-27.

Lee, who was appearing in its first-ever national championship final, shot 39.1 percent (25-of-64) for the game and struggled from 3-point range (8-of-25).

German paced the team with 27 points, while Adams was second with 19 points. Both German and Adams were named to the All-Tournament First Team.

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Lee v Cumberland NAIA Division I Women's Basketball National Championship 03-18-13 : Lee 43 Cumberland 41

Courtesy of Cumberland University Sports Information

FRANKFORT, Ky. – (Box Score) Briannica Tye's 3-pointer at the buzzer was no good and sixth-ranked Cumberland dropped a 43-41 decision to No. 7 Lee University in the semifinals of the 33rd Annual NAIA Championships here Monday night at the Frankfort Convention Center.
 
Hollie German's two free throws with 3.7 seconds remaining were the winning points for the Flames in a game where neither team scored for over six minutes in the second half. Lee (34-2) made only three field goals in the second half but connected on 11-of-14 free throws, including the club's final nine points of the game.

The contest also featured seven ties and two lead changes in the second half, as Cumberland erased a six-point deficit at the break, tying the game less than five minutes into the period on London Elie's bucket, two of her team-best nine points. No team led by more than three points the rest of the game.

German's one foul shot with 14:34 to play gave Lee a 31-30 advantage and Rachel Lockhart added one free throws at 11:31, but the Bulldogs failed to score for almost eight minutes after Elie's field goal. Josette Campbell's layup off an in-bounds play finally ended the scoreless stretch with 7:08 remaining, tying the contest at 32.

Jenna Adams' field goal, also on an in-bounds play, was the last bucket of the game for the Flames with 6:44 to play. Lee made 9-of-10 free throws in the last 6:18 while missing all five shot attempts and committing a pair of turnovers.

A steal by Yalonda Davis and subsequent two free throws on the other end tied the game at 34 and Campbell's field goal knotted the score at 36. Elie made the front end of the bonus and Jessica Pace got the offensive rebound on the second shot and was fouled, but Pace missed the first shot of the bonus and two more free throws from Adams gave the Flames a 40-37 advantage.

Tye was fouled driving to the basket the next time down for CU but made just one free throw, but the point guard found Simone Ryan under the goal for a layup and the foul with 1:55 remaining, putting the Bulldogs ahead, 41-40, the team's first lead since the 7:28 mark of the first half.

German was fouled driving to the goal and tied the game with one foul shot with 1:36 remaining, but Pace's pass in traffic was stolen. Lee failed to get a shot off the next time down the floor, committing a shot clock violation, but Tye's 15-footer hit the back iron, giving the Flames the ball for the last shot.

German drove hard to the goal and was fouled in traffic with 3.7 seconds left and made both free throws. The Bulldogs set up Tye to take the ball the length of the floor and the senior got a good look from the top of the key, but the ball clanged off the back rim, Tye unable to score her third game-winning shot of the season.

Cumberland shot just 29 percent from the field in the game while Lee was just a little worse, making just 27 percent of its shots, including 3-for-18 from 3-point range. Both teams missed multiple layups, some in traffic and some all alone under the goal.

Tye finished with nine points and four assists while Pace and Campbell both posted six points. Elie added six rebounds and four blocks despite battling foul trouble, especially in the first half.

Adams and German combined for 29 points for the Flames, 16 by Adams along with nine rebounds. The Bulldogs harassed Lee into 12 second-half turnovers and the club shot just 3-for-22 after the break, opening the door for CU.

Both teams started slowly, but Tye's 3-pointer gave the Bulldogs a 7-2 edge in the first four minutes of the game. German's trifecta and drive off the glass cut the CU lead to 11-9 with 10:04 left in the period.

Tye nailed another 3-pointer, this time with the shot clock winding down, and Pace's putback pushed the Bulldog advantage to 16-12 with 7:28 remaining, but from there Cumberland went ice cold, making just two field goals (out-of-10) the rest of the half and missing a whole bunch of layups and putbacks.

Lee took advantage, putting together a 14-4 spurt highlighted by a pair of trifectas from Adams, one banked in from about 24 feet. A short jumper in the lane from TaCouya Allen ended a four-minute scoring drought for CU, but Brooke Hamby's up-and-under and a baseline jumper from German put the Flames ahead, 26-20, at the break.

Cumberland shot just 30 percent in the half and committed eight turnovers after accounting for only 12 turnovers per contest in its first three games of the national tournament.

Lee (34-2) will meet Westmont College (29-4) in the NAIA Division I Women's Basketball Championship game Tuesday at 6:35 p.m. EDT, live on the CBS Sports Network. It is the first national championship game appearance for both teams.

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