SPRINGFIELD, Mo–For the first time in five years, the Drury Lady Panthers have advanced to the Elite Eight.
Drury survived a knock down, drag out physical battle with Grand Valley State.
The Lady Panthers shot 22 percent in the first half and trailed the Lakers by three at the half.
But Drury stormed back in the third quarter, ending the frame on an 8-nothing run sparked by a couple of big Lauren Holmes baskets.
The Lady Panthers went onto win 51-44.
Drury now advances to the Elite Eight which will be played next week in Columbus, Ohio.
After the fight, the Lady Panthers are the only womens team left in D-2 with a perfect 34-and-0 record.
“Her nose is bleeding. Hailey’s getting blood off of her. Deajah’s getting taped up for blood. Lou as a black eye. Paige can’t see out of one eye. This team, they’re so special. I can’t tell you enough. Think about this. The pressure, the pressure that comes with being undefeated. The pressure that comes with trying to get a Sweet 16 monkey off your back. These kids, look how they handled that,” said Lady Panther coach Molly Miller.
So what’s next for the Drury Lady Panthers?
The team will play in Columbus, Ohio in the Elite Eight.
Molly Miller doesn’t know the time or the opponent yet.
The NCAA will reseed the remaining teams after Angelo State plays Lubbock Christian Monday night.