Salem College is Crowned Champion!
February 24- The Association of Division III Independents Atlantic Region Women’s Basketball Championship was played this afternoon at Salem College. The University of Dallas played Salem College in the championship game in front of a record-breaking crowd of 400 fans. The spectators were treated to an electrifying game as both teams raced up and down the court, battling in a very physical and emotional game. With just 6 seconds to go in the game, Lindsay Cross, a first-year student-athlete from Asheboro, NC, grabbed an offensive rebound and scored the winning basket while the Salem College fans erupted from the stands.
The Spirits (16-8) won the championship the same way they had won all season long…all five starting athletes scored in double figures. Salem College’s Lindsay Cross and Lauren Redman (Lenoir, NC) led the Spirits in scoring with 13 points apiece while Shakila Springs (Winston-Salem, NC) scored 12 points. Alex Ervin and Michala Michaux, both from Morganton, NC, each scored 10 points. Shakila Springs and Lindsay Cross led the team in rebounding with 11 apiece as the Spirits won the rebounding battle 40-32.
The University of Dallas was led by Kelly Robertson with 20 points, followed by Kristy Malone (13 points) and Angel Noble (10 points). Ana Castillo led the Crusaders in rebounds with seven.
Lindsay Cross of Salem College was named the Most Valuable Player of the tournament. Salem College’s Shakila Springs and Michala Michaux were named to the All-Tournament Team along with Ally Tincknell (Finlandia University). Kelly Robertson and Kristy Malone represented the University of Dallas.
This was the final game of the 2006-2007 basketball season for Salem College. Their 16 wins this season is a school record. The team scoring record was continuously broken all season, along with individual scoring records. Salem College is now known as a fast and ferious fast-break team that can put points up in a hurry.
Last October, Coach Jim Jackson inherited the Spirits team that rarely ever won a single game. Jackson navigated them to a 3-15 record last year with as little as six players on the roster. After a long and intense year of recruiting, Jackson has turned the program around with a group of eight first-year players. Teams that were defeating Salem by 60 points last year have been shocked as Salem College defeated them by 20 points this year. It’s an exciting time at Salem College, and it sure feels good to be a champion…The Association of Division III Independents Atlantic Region Women’s Basketball Champion!