Photo courtesy of UAV Athletics

finale — The University of Antelope Valley women’s basketball team huddles during its loss to Southeastern in the NAIA Division II Elite Eight on Saturday.


SIOUX CITY, Iowa — The University of Antelope Valley women’s basketball team lost to No. 1 seed Southeastern University 75-60 in the second round of the NAIA Division II National Championship on Saturday.

The Pioneers (27-6) were eliminated in the Elite Eight, but finished a historic season.

“I’m very proud of this group of girls,” UAV coach Deon Price said. “They gave me their all and represented UAV well. We wanted a different outcome, but we’re grateful for this opportunity that many teams never get and after taking a few days off, I’ll be working again to get ready for next year.”

UAV and Southeastern of Florida (30-2) were tied 13-13 at the end of  the first quarter, but the Pioneers were held to eight points in the second quarter as the Fire took a 38-21 lead at halftime.

Both teams shot 5-of-15 in the opening quarter, but Southeastern shot 9-of-17 in the second quarter.

Southeastern outscored UAV 23-20 in the third.

Although UAV outscored Southeastern 19-14 in the fourth, it was not enough.

Southeastern will play in the semifinals on Monday.

UAV junior forward Tylen Price led the Pioneers with 15 points, nine rebounds, three steals and two assists and senior guard Samantha Earl and sophomore forward Alexia Budd both finished with 10 points apiece. Budd also had a game-high 10 rebounds to finish with a double-double.

Senior guard LaChae McColor finished with nine points, four rebounds and two assists for the Pioneers, senior guard Alyssa Gonzales had seven points, three rebounds and two assists and junior guard Asia Young added six points and three rebounds.

The Pioneers not only set team records in their postseason run, but California Pacific Conference records after winning their second consecutive title.

UAV set new conference records for total wins in a season, the deepest run at the National Championship Tournament by a California Pacific Conference team and the most points in a National Championship Tournament by a California Pacific Conference team (100).

UAV outrebounded Southeastern 41-40 in the game, but committed 17 turnovers, had six steals and made 7-of-32 3-pointers.

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