Carson-Newman advances to Elite 8 for first time in program history

JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn. (WATE) - The Carson-Newman women's basketball program reached new heights on Monday at Holt Fieldhouse in Jefferson City.

The Lady Eagles won their first Southeast Region title and advanced to the Elite 8 for the first time in school history after a 75-71 win over North Georgia.

With the win, Carson-Newman matched a program record with 32 wins. It's the most wins for the Lady Eagles since the 1984-85 season. The win was also their 24th straight at home, the fourth-longest active streak in the country.

"I'm so happy they got to do it," head coach Mike Mincey said. "You know the fans are great and they were there. I just didn't want to give up that opportunity. So I'm so glad they pulled it out at the end and we could have the celebration that we had on our home floor."

Mika Wester was named MVP after scoring a game-high 26 points to go with five assists. Kayla Marosites provided 21 rebounds, a program record.

In the timeout, whenever they cut it to two, I just remember like grabbing everybody's hands and looking down and we were all holding hands, and that unity is like, that peace that came amongst us is just unreal and that just shows the kind of effort our team was willing to put out to win this game," Wester said.

The NCAA will reseed the final eight teams and announce the pairings and matchups for the Elite 8 on Tuesday before the tournament starts March 19 in Sioux Falls, S.D.

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