Westminster Host Of 2010 SLIAC Men's Basketball Tournament
Westminster College is the host site for the 2010 St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament. The two-day event will be played Thursday and Saturday, February 25 & 27, on Iba Court in Historic Westminster Gym on the Westminster campus.
The Westminster Blue Jays are the top seed for the four-team tournament. Third-seeded Eureka College (16-9) faces second-seeded MacMurray College (13-12) in the 6:00 p.m. game Thursday, followed at 8:00 p.m. by top-seeded Westminster (18-7) facing fourth-seeded Webster University (13-12). The winners meet at 1:00 p.m. Saturday for the tournament title and a berth in the NCAA Division III National Tournament.
Admission for each day of the event is $5 for adults, and $2 for students from competing institutions and children under 16.
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Westminster Men Top Webster, Advance To SLIAC Final
The Westminster College men’s basketball squad topped Webster University 87-69 in semifinal round action of the St. Louis intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament Thursday in Fulton. With the win, the Blue Jays advance to Saturday’s conference tournament final against Eureka College who beat MacMurray College in the other semifinal, 98-78.
Westminster (19-7), who won the league crown to grab the top seed in the four-team tournament, built up a 48-31 lead at halftime and held off a late rally by fourth-seeded Webster. Senior Ky Millard led all scorers, finishing with 25 points and six rebounds. He was joined in double figures by senior Stanley Crawford and junior Justin Gilmore who finished with 14 points each. Junior Adam Mallete scored 11 points and junior Kurt Kovach added 10 points. Scott Restoff scored 19 points for Webster (13-13).
Westminster meets Eureka for the first-time ever in a conference tournament final, with the winner earning the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Division III National Tournament.
SLIAC Men's Tournament
Westminster Gym (Iba Court), Fulton, Mo.
Thursday, Feb. 25: Semifinals
#3 Eureka 98, #2 MacMurray 78
#1 Westminster 87, #4 Webster 69
Saturday, Feb. 27: Championship
1:00 p.m. - Eureka at Westminster
Westminster Men Celebrate SLIAC Tournament Title And Awards
On Saturday, February 27, the Westminster College men’s basketball squad captured the 2010 St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference men’s basketball tournament title and the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Division III national tournament. But that was not all the team celebrated. Five members of the Westminster men’s basketball family were honored at the All-Star Trophy Awards Ceremonies which were held in conjunction with the title game.
Jake Vislay, a junior forward from Jefferson City, Missouri (Helias High School), was named to the all-conference first team. Stanley Crawford, a senior guard from St. Louis, Missouri (Hazelwood Central High School), was named to the all-conference second team, the all-defensive team and he landed a spot on the all-tournament team. Kurt Kovach, a junior guard from St. Peters, Missouri (Fort Zumwalt South High School), was an honorable mention selection. And Ky Millard, a senior forward from Columbia, Missouri (Rock Bridge High School), was named to the all-defensive team and was named SLIAC Tournament MVP.
Westminster Head Coach Matt Mitchell, who is in his 12th season coaching the Blue Jays, was named SLIAC Co-Coach of the Year. Mitchell earned the coach of the year award for the second consecutive year after guiding Westminster to its second consecutive league title and its first tournament title since 1995. Westminster is 40-14 over the past two seasons.
Westminster College men's basketball fans can watch the NCAA Division III Men’s Basketball Selection Show Monday, March 1. The show begins 9:00 a.m. and is available on the World Wide Web.
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Westminster Women Open SLIAC Tournament Play Friday
The Westminster College women open St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference tournament play at 8:00 p.m. Friday at Fontbonne University in St. Louis. The fourth-seeded Blue Jays face top-seeded and host Fontbonne.
The two-day tournament includes four teams. Second-seeded Blackburn College (14-11) meets third-seeded Webster University (17-8) in Friday’s 6:00 p.m. semifinal, followed at 8:00 p.m. by Westminster (13-10) and Fontbonne (16-9). The winners meet at 7:00 p.m. Saturday for the tournament title and a berth in the NCAA Division III National Tournament.
Admission for each day of the event is $5 for adults and $2 for students from competing institutions and children under 16.
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2009-10 Westminster Women's Season Comes To An End In SLIAC Semifinal
The fourth-seeded Westminster College women saw their season come to an end with a 65-57 loss to top-seed and host Fontbonne University Friday in a St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament semifinal in St. Louis.
The Blue Jays (13-11) led 32-29 at intermission, but Fontbonne rallied late to gain the lead, secure the win and advance to the tournament final. Sophomore Liz Klaffenbach led the Westminster attack with 16 points. Senior Markie England finished with 12 points to conclude her Blue Jay career eighth on the career scoring list with 812 points, and sophomore Rachel Backes added 11 points. Calista Collier scored a game-high 18 points for Fontbonne (17-9), which hosts Blackburn College in the tournament final at 7:00 Saturday night. Blackburn beat Webster University 62-54 in the other semifinal.
While the season is over, the 2009-10 squad reached a plateau that only two other Westminster teams have reached. This year’s squad is just the third Blue Jay team in 18 years of intercollegiate play to record a winning season.