COLUMBUS, Miss. - Prior to tonight's women's basketball home opener, the Owls, of 2018-19 USCAA Women's Basketball National Division I Championship team, were presented with their championship ring minutes in Emma 'Ody' Pohl Gymnasium Friday night.
Women's basketball returned to The W after a 15-year hiatus to go on a championship run during the 2018-19 season. The Owls completed the regular season 18-6 overall with major victories over NAIA-competitors Tougaloo College and Philander Smith College and NCAA Division III foe Berry College.
The W entered the USCAA Championship Tournament as the No. 2 seed and faced the No. 7 seeded Silver Lake College. The Owls defeated Silver Lake 83-48 in the quarterfinals and Paul Quinn College 73-59 in the semi-finals to move on to the championship game.
On Saturday, March 9, 2019, the Owls took down the University of Maine – Fort Kent, 69-46, for the championship title. The first basketball national title for The W since 1974.
Because of their amazing accomplishments during the season, then head coach Howard White was named the USCAA Coach of the Year and three players, Qiayon Bailey, Tenazhia Hinkston, and Keyahna Jones, received USCAA All-American honors.
Bailey and Hinkston, along with Autumn Taylor had great performances during the tournament and was named to the 2019 USCAA Championship All-Tournament team.
The 2018-19 USCAA Championship banner has been hung by The Owls scoreboard and will remain there to commemorate their accomplishment for years to come.
Mississippi University for Women's president Nora Miller presented each player with their ring.