Independence, Mo. — The Master’s forward Bianca Cubello scored the game-winner of a pass from Nicole Nitake with .07 seconds left to play to outlast No. 24 Loyola 59-57 on Wednesday morning in the first round of the NAIA Division I women’s basketball tournament.
Cubello had 16 points and eight rebounds for the seventh-ranked Lady Mustangs (25-5). Nitake also scored 16 points, shooting 5-for-9 from 3-point range.
Kylah Jones and Caroline Gonzalez each scored 14 points for Loyola (23-8) in a game that saw 16 ties. Zoie Miller addd 10 points and five assists.
Gonzalez was named to the NAIA Champions of Character Team before tip off.
Campbellsville 75, Xavier 50: Lindsey Burd scored 22 points to lead No. 7 Campbellsville (26-7) over the Gold Nuggets.
Whitney Gathright, named an NAIA All-American on Wednesday, scored 16 points to pace No. 25 Xavier (22-12).