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Audrey Minott, Abby Gerlesits and Kristen Trotter hoist the Walnut and Bronze for Millikin. Randolph-Macon photo by John Irby
Millikin held Randolph-Macon All-America
guard Megan Silva to six first-half points and the Big Blue opened the
second half with a 9-2 run to put away the Yellow Jackets 70-50 and win
first national championship.
The Big Blue led by 14 points seven minutes into the second half and Randolph-Macon
never was able to put a run together. Freshman Lindsay Ippel scored a
game-high 25 points and Audrey Minott added 15 in the victory.
“It takes so much luck and a window of opportunity to win a national championship
and I know how difficult it is to win one,” head coach Lori Kerans said.
“I tried to mentor this class like other coaches have mentored national
champions. I thought this class, with Audrey, could contend for a national
championship. This is a new mark for our program.”
And it also suggested to us that in searching for the most important facet
of a championship contender, one
must eventually settle on leadership. Mark Simon has that,
plus his take on the Final Four and notes on all four teams.
Millikin wraps up the season with a 16-game
win streak while the loss ended Randolph-Macon’s 23-game streak. It's
the seventh title in 10 seasons for the Central Region.
road to Virginia Beach
2: First round
March 5: Second round
March 11-12: Sectionals
March 18-19: Final Four