On this day in sports history: February 23

FEBRUARY 23. 1985

Sports Co-Editor

On this day in 1985, The University women’s basketball team defeated Gettysburg College, 68-55, to win the Middle Atlantic Conference.

The 1984-85 Lady Royals went on to win The University’s only NCAA Division III National Championship in women’s basketball.

After trailing 18-11, the Lady Royals managed to build a 33-27 halftime lead behind the firepower of All-American and MAC Northern Division MVP Deanna Kyle.

Kyle lead all scoring with 27 points and 12 assists. Fellow all-conference players Mary Leedy and Shelley Parks added 15 points each.

The victory over Gettysburg put the Lady Royals at 26-1 and earned them an automatic bid for the NCAA Tournament.
Legendary head coach Mike Strong was in just his sixth year at the helm of the Lady Royals when he guided them to the championship.

“I’ve been pleased with their play lately,” Strong said, according to a Feb. 27, 1985 Aquinas article. “I’ve had confidence that they could do their job or else they wouldn’t be out there.”


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