The Lady Lions went from one of the worst feelings in the world after being upset in the North Central Region Championship game to the best feeling after an At-Large bid to the NCCAA Tournament became available. At-large bids do not come around often for the NCCAA Women’s Tournament and the Lady Lions beat out two other teams for the bid. The Lady Lions got the bid and were given the #6 seed for the tournament and were matched up against the #3 seed and six time defending NCCAA National Champions Kentucky Christian University. The two teams had previously met in the AGCU Classic in January, which saw the Lady Lions lose by just one point.
In their first round match up the Lady Lions got off to a quick start scoring on their first four possessions but after all the nerves settled down the six time defending national champions found their groove and battled back to take the lead from the Lady Lions. The two teams traded ties and the lead until KCU took back control and took a nine point lead into halftime 34 to 25 over the Lady Lions. The Lady Lions shot only 33 percent from the field in the first half and were 3 for 7 on threes while KCU shot 57 percent from the field and were 1 for 8 on threes. The second half saw KCU push their lead to as much as 23 points at one time but the Lady Lions did not quit and fought hard to get close but KCU held off the Lady Lions and defeated them by 21 points, 78 to 57. In the loss the Lady Lions shot 35 percent from the field and pulled down 8 offensive boards. The Lady Lions were led by Treva Nutter who had 20 points, 5 assists, 5 steals and 3 rebounds. Shianne Montgomery pitched in 11 points. KCU was on fire from the field as they shot 56 percent from the field for the game. The loss moved the Lady Lions to the consolation side of the bracket and matched them up against #7 seed Arlington Baptist Bible College in the second round.
In round two the Lady Lions again came out fast against Arlington Baptist. They rushed out to an early lead behind some hot shooting and stifling defense. However turnovers and foul trouble allowed Arlington to mount a comeback. Arlington tied the game up at 40 to 40 with just under a minute to play in the first half until junior Kylie Flemmer hit a three pointer to take back the lead. The Lady Lions went into the break with a 43 to 40 lead. The second half saw the two teams fighting for a spot in the fifth place game. The Lady Lions fell behind by nine with 11 minutes to play but they continued to fight. They eventually got within three points with seconds to play and they drew up a full court play. Arlington fouled Treva on the pass but they had a foul to give so the Lady Lions got a side out of bounds with just under 10 seconds to play. The Lady Lions then got a three point off but missed and Arlington escaped with the 74 to 71 win over the Lady Lions. In the loss the Lady Lions were led by junior Kylie Flemmer’s 22 points and 6 rebounds. Shianne Montgomery added 16 points and Treva Nutter pitched in 13 points and 9 rebounds. The Lady Lions shot 49 percent from the field and 40 percent on threes. They also out rebounded Arlington 34 to 37. The loss moved the Lady Lions to the 7th place game which matched them up against North Central Region rival and #8 seed North Central University.
The seventh place game was the rubber match between the two North Central Region rivals, with each team winning once this season. North Central Rams won the latest match up in the Region Championship game and the Lady Lions were looking to avenge that loss. It was all Lady Lions from the start. Behind another quick start and hot shooting the Lady Lions were able to build an early lead. The Lady Lions were able to take an 11 point lead into halftime 38 to 27. At the break the Lady Lions were shooting 42 percent from the field and were 5 for 12 on threes. In the second half the Lady Lions continued to play stifling defense and continued their hot shooting. The Lady Lions outscored the Rams 39 to 28 in the second half and went on to win the 7th place game 77 to 55 over the Rams. In the win the Lady Lions were led by Treva Nutter who put up 32 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 3 rebounds in her final game as a Lady Lion. Junior Kylie Flemmer added 18 points and 5 rebounds. The Lady Lions shot 43 percent from the field in the game and pulled down 13 offensive rebounds while causing 20 Ram turnovers.
The Lady Lions finish their season with a win and with an 18 – 16 record. After the game Lady Lions senior Treva Nutter was named to the NCCAA National Tournament All-Tournament Team. An award only given to the top six players voted on by the opposing team’s coaches. Treva averaged 21.6 points, 6 rebounds, 4.6 assists, and 3.6 steals per game in the tournament.