Flying Queens knock off No. 1 Shawnee St., advance to Elite Eight

Flying Queens knock off No. 1 Shawnee St., advance to Elite Eight
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BILLINGS, Mont. – Deborah VanDijk collected 19 points and 12 rebounds and Jada Riley added 17 points to propel No. 15 Wayland Baptist to a 79-69 win Friday night over No. 1-ranked Shawnee State, Ohio, and into the quarterfinals of the NAIA Division I Women's Basketball National Championships.

No. 15 Wayland led most of the game and outscored Shawnee State 26-18 in the fourth quarter to put a bow on the Flying Queens' first trip to the Elite Eight since 2003.

Wayland (26-6) next plays at 9 p.m. (CDT) Saturday against either ninth-ranked Carroll, Mont., or seventh-ranked Vanguard, Calif., which play later Friday. Vanguard is a former No. 1 this season.

If the Flying Queens win Saturday, their semifinal would be at 9 p.m. (CDT) Monday with the championship at 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 20.

The win ended a 26-game win streak for Shawnee State (31-4).

Besides VanDijk's 19 and Riley's 17 (she also had seven rebounds and five assists), Maci Merket put in 13 points and Gabby Gonzales 11 for Wayland. Kendrick Clark contributed nine points and 11 boards, while Morgan Bennett dished out six assists.

Hannah Miller's 22 points paced the Bears.