By kEotta houSE
From the start of the 2013-2014 season until the end, the SMU Women’s Basketball team captivated the entire SMU community as they made their journey all the way to the con- ference championship and beyond.
The lady Cardinals finished the season with a record tying 24-4 season, and a berth in the NCAA Division III national tournament. To a packed gym the Cardinals defeated Bethel University to get the to the conference champi- onship game against the St. Thomas Tommies.
“Unfortunately, we lost the Champion- ship game but never once lost hope,” said junior forward Octavia Brown. “We continued to hope and pray that we would get a bid into the national tournament and fortunately because we had such an outstanding regular season, we were able to get a bid into the tournament which was incredible,” she added.
The ladies dropped the game against the Tommies, however they made it to the big tournament where the ultimately loss to the UW-Oshkosh Titans with a score of 71-61.
The Cardinals may not have won a na- tional championship, but they were able to win the admiration and support of many students, faculty, staff, and the Winona community.
“Watching these women play their hearts out night after night has inspired me to do better in my own personal life,” said junior
Andrew Lee. “I am extremely hopeful for next season and that we will continue to raise the bar,” said Brown.
However, the team is not only just losing seniors, they are also losing 2 of the team’s lead- ers in the reigning Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Year, Court- ney Euerle, and go-to 3-point shooter Darcey Rice.
“I am sad that we will lose of the best people on the planet but I know without a doubt that you will go far in life in whatever you pur- sue, we love you both,” said Brown