All fairy tales must come to an end. For the women’s basketball team the final page came on March 10, when Washington University in St. Louis defeated the Loggers 57-48 in the NCAA Division III Sectional Final in Decorah, Iowa.
After sharing the Northwest Conference title with George Fox but losing out on an automatic berth to the NCAAs, few expected the unranked Loggers to make it very far in the tournament. All they did then was beat 12th-ranked McMurry in the first-round, 25th-ranked George Fox in the second round, and 2nd-ranked Howard Payne in the Sweet Sixteen before falling to Washington.
At season’s end Allison Craven ’09 and Laura Hirsh ’08 earned First-Team All-NWC honors. Marissa Cain ’08 picked up Honorable Mention All-NWC in her first season with the team. And, after guiding the Loggers to a 24-7 record, Suzy Barcomb was named D3hoops.com West Region Coach of the Year.
— Chris Thompson