Callaway Colleges

Lady Owls sneak into NAIA tourney, receive 15th and last at-large bid

It involved some suspense, but the William Woods University Lady Owls basketball team is returning to the NAIA national tournament.

William Woods will be making its sixth straight appearance in the national tournament — and seventh overall — after receiving the 15th and final at-large bid Wednesday. The 34th-annual NAIA Division I women’s national championship is scheduled for March 19-25 in Frankfort, Ky.

The Lady Owls (22-10) — drawing an at-large bid for the second straight year — learned Wednesday night they are the No. 8 seed in their quad of the bracket and will play third-ranked and No. 1 seed Westminster (Utah) College in the first round at 1:15 p.m. Thursday, March 20. The Lady Griffins (24-2) were the Frontier Conference Tournament champions and are making their eighth trip to the national tournament.

Men’s basketball

William Woods’ Burgess,

Nutt collect all-AMC status

Owls senior guards Blake Burgess and Jonathon Nutt were third-team and honorable-mention selections, respectively, on the 2013-14 all-American Midwest Conference men’s team announced Tuesday night.

Burgess and Nutt both received all-AMC honors for the first time.

“I was glad to see that Jonathon and Blake were recognized for their performances this year by the other coaches,” William Woods University head coach Nick Totta said.

Baseball

Westminster 5 9

Lincoln 6 8

The host Blue Jays raised their season record to 3-1 after splitting Tuesday’s doubleheader with the NCAA Division II Blue Tigers at Saucier Field.

Westminster remains at home for a noon doubleheader against Robert Morris on Saturday.

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