CIRCLEVILLE, Ohio – Kentucky Christian cruised to their sixth straight National Championship Saturday evening with a 61-41 win over the Crusaders.
KCU jumped out to a 13-4 lead in the early minutes of the first period, before Maranatha answered back, cutting the lead to 20-15.
The Crusaders entered halftime down 27-20 and watched Kentucky build an early 15 point lead in opening of the second half.
KCU made life difficult for sophomore center Laci Peterson (Chillicothe,Ill.) and Torey DeLozier (Watertown,Wis.), often clogging the lanes, playing suffocating defense.
Peterson finished with six points, 10 rebounds and seven blocks. Her efforts helped break a Tournament record of 20 blocks, leading the team to 29 total in the Tournament.
Maranatha was forced to settle for outside shots and turned the ball over late in the second period, watching their second bid for a National Championship slip away.
DeLozier was awarded for her play in the National Tournament, being selected to the All-Tournament team. She finished with 14 points and seven rebounds.
Junior guard Autumn Peotter (Waupaca, Wis.) broke the 1,000 career points mark a game after junior guard Kristin Morrison (Jefferson, Wis.) achieved the same milestone.
The outlook for next season looks promising for the Crusaders, who return all starters from this year’s squad.