WALTHAM, Mass.--It took a year, but North Dakota State rid itself of the bitter taste of defeat and regained the sweet taste of victory.
Nadine Schmidt scored 24 points and Jackie Parsley added 17 to power the Bison past Delta State 95-63 in the NCAA Division II women's basketball championship game on March 27, 1993.
The margin of victory was the second largest in the tournament's 12-year history and avenged Delta State's 65-63 win the year before. NDSU has won two of the last three championships.
“We had something to prove tonight, and we went out and did it,” Schmidt said. “We had a bad taste in our mouth from last year, so we wanted to go out tonight with a big bang. I think we did.”
Indeed, NDSU (30-2) did not waste any time, opening a 40-26 halftime lead and never looking back in the second half.
Jenni Rademacher scored 14 points for the Bison, and Darci Steere scored 10 points and pulled down a team-high seven rebounds.
“We were more confident this year,” NDSU coach Amy Ruley said. “Last year was a big motivator.”
LaTanya Patty led Delta State (27-6) with 14 points. Leslie McKiernon scored 11 points and led the Lady Statesmen with 12 rebounds.
“We were very positive going into the game, but we didn't think on the floor and get it done,” McKiernon said.
Delta State led early 8-5, but never saw another lead. The closest they came was 16-15 with 11:25 left in the first half when Dawn Chism completed a three-point play.
The Bison then went on an 18-4 run and took a 34-19 lead with 4:59 to go in the first half on Lynette Mund's jump shot.
NDSU took a 40-26 lead into halftime, as Schmidt scored 11 points and Rademacher 10.
NDSU's 95 points was a championship record. Schmidt was named the tournament's MVP. She also was the MVP in 1991.
Jody Buck and Jackie Parsley were named to the all-tournament team.