Daemen upset the top seed and defending national champion, Concordia College Alabama, in the USCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Tournament on Friday morning.
The 63-57 win for the Wildcats (13-15) put them in Saturday’s national title game against Berea (Kentucky) College in Uniontown, Pa.
Concordia (24-4) took a 44-34 lead with 12:36 left in regulation, but Natalie Galus and Sarah Saba picked up the scoring pace to bring Daemen within two, 48-46.
A three-pointer from Samantha Wozniak gave the Wildcats their first second-half lead and a layup from Saba put Daemen ahead for good. The Wildcats closed the game on a 14-7 run.
Saba finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds while Galus had 16 points.
The Daemen men will also play for the USCAA Division I title Saturday in Uniontown, where the top-seeded Wildcats face No. 3 Rochester (Michigan) College.
The NCAA trip for the Medaille men’s basketball team ended in the first round as the Mavericks lost, 120-81, to Marietta in the Division III tournament.
Marietta (26-2) hit 21 of 41 three-point attempts.
Cooper Calzonetti led the Mavs (19-8) with 20 points and eight rebounds while Jammal Coleman added 18 points.
The University at Buffalo remained in fifth place at the Mid-American Conference Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships after the third day of competition in Geneva, Ohio. Freshman Itai De la Vega finished second in the 100 breaststroke (54.20) while freshman Oliver Patrouch placed third in the 100 butterfly (47.92).