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NAIA FINAL FOUR BREAKDOWN
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NAIA FINAL FOUR BREAKDOWN

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No. 1 Saint Francis

LOCATION: Fort Wayne, Ind.

ENROLLMENT: 2,366

RECORD: 36-0

CONFERENCE: Crossroads League

HEAD COACH: Gary Andrews (13th year, 262-132)

TOURNAMENT BERTHS: 15 (1995-2002, 2005-07, 2010-2014)

FINAL FOURS: 4 (1999, 2000, 2006, 2014)

TITLES: None

OFFENSIVE AVG: 83.6

DEFENSIVE AVG: 65.4

PROBABLE STARTERS: G Skylarr Shurn, 5-7, sr. (20.5 ppg, 4.2 rpg); G Jenelle Wilson, 5-7, sr. (13.9 ppg, 3.8 rpg); G Paige Frisch, 5-7, fr. (5.4 ppg, 1.9 rpg); F Brooke Ridley, 5-11, soph (14.,5 ppg, 8.5 rpg); F Kalah Baer, 6-0, sr. (9.0 ppg, 6.9 rpg).

NOTES: Top-ranked Saint Francis makes its return to the Final Four for the first time since 2006. The Cougars have posted three tournament wins by double figures. The lone unbeaten in NAIA Division II basketball this season looks to reach its first national title game since losing in the 1999 final. Seniors Shurn and Wilson have each surpassed 1,000 career points.

No. 2 Davenport

LOCATION: Grand Rapids, Mich.

ENROLLMENT: 3,249

RECORD: 34-1

CONFERENCE: Wolverine-Hooiser

HEAD COACH: Mike Williams (3rd season, 98-9; 6th overall, 142-42)

TOURNAMENT BERTHS: 10 (2005-2014)

FINAL FOURS: 3 (2011, 2013, 2014)

TITLES: None

OFFENSIVE AVG: 84.3

DEFENSIVE AVG: 58.7

PROBABLE STARTERS: G Kia Frazier, 5-4, jr. (6.6 ppg, 3.4 apg); G Brittany Johnson, 5-7, jr. (8.1 ppg, 4.4 rpg); G Linnea Brandholm, 5-9, jr. (7.8 ppg, 1.9 rpg); F Tiesha Stokes, 5-10, soph (14.9 ppg, 6.6 rpg); C Allison Bouman, 6-4, sr. (12.2 ppg, 7.3 rpg).

NOTES: Last year's national runner-up returns to the Final Four for the third time in the last four seasons. The Panthers have scored 274 points in their first three victories, an average of 91.3 ppg. Davenport has won 29 straight games since suffering its lone loss to Cornerstone (83-76) on Nov. 20. Stokes is three points shy of joining the elusive 1,000 career point club.

No. 20 Cardinal Stritch

LOCATION: Milwaukee, Wis.

ENROLLMENT: 2,500

RECORD: 27-6

CONFERENCE: Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic

HEAD COACH: John Pfaffl (4th season, 81-23)

TOURNAMENT BERTHS: 18 (1992, 96-98, 2000, 2002-2014)

FINAL FOURS: 1 (2014)

TITLES: None

OFFENSIVE AVG: 72.7

DEFENSIVE AVG: 60.8

PROBABLE STARTERS: G Alyssa Ross, 5-6, sr. (2.7 ppg, 1.4 apg); G Emily Neitzel, 5-8, soph (10.6 ppg, 6.6 rpg); G Julie Raeder, 5-10, sr. (18.1 ppg, 6.4 rpg); F Michelle Piepenburg, 6-1, jr. (13.9 ppg, 8.6 rpg); F Becky Gilbreath, 5-11, jr. (7.6 ppg, 5.5 rpg).

NOTES: Cardinal Stritch has knocked off 13th-ranked St. Ambrose, third-ranked Jamestown and fifth-ranked Morningside to each the Final Four for the first time in school history. Raeder is the school's career leader with 1,836 points and 872 rebounds along with 134 games played. The Wolves were just 4-5 in their last nine games entering the national tournament.

College of Ozarks

LOCATION: Point Lookout, Mo.

ENROLLMENT: 1,500

RECORD: 26-9

CONFERNECE: Midlands Collegiate Athletic

HEAD COACH: Becky Vest (1st season, 26-9)

TOURNAMENT BERTHS: 20 (1993, 1995-2000, 2002-2014)

FINAL FOURS: 6 (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2014)

TITLES: None

OFFENSIVE AVG: 83.7

DEFENSIVE AVG: 65.8

PROBABLE STARTERS: G Alice Heinzler, 5-6, fr. (14.9 ppg, 4.7 rpg); G Emily Walker, 5-6, sr. (14.6 ppg, 5.1 rpg); G Kayla Kepler, 5-7, jr. (11.9 ppg, 6.6 rpg); G Wren Wiebe, 5-1, sr. (3.1 ppg, 2.6 rpg); F Brandy Uchtman, 5-10, soph (13.0 ppg, 5.4 rpg).

NOTES: Despite the retirement of longtime coach George Wilson, Ozarks is back in the Final Four for the sixth time, all coming in the last nine seasons. As a seven-seed, the Bobcats are the lowest seed ever to reach the Final Four. Ozarks has defeated sixth-ranked Saint Xavier (Ill.), 11th-ranked Mayville State and fourth-ranked Northwestern.

-- Compiled by Jason Cowley

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