Walsh University Women, 1998 NAIA National Champions

The 1997-98 Walsh University Women’s Basketball team (30-5) became the first unseeded team to win an NAIA National Championship when it came from behind to defeat Mary Hardin-Baylor, 73-66, in the Division II title game at Sioux City, Iowa. Misty McMillan led the Cavs with 22 points, including 19 in the second half. Brittany Harmon contributed 16 points and 13 rebounds. First-year head coach Karl Smesko was named NAIA coach of the year.

Walsh Women 1998

Front: Mary Anderson, Melissa Giancola, Aurea Clausnitzer, Michelle Jones, Laurel Herceg, Jessica Little
Back: Assistant Coaches Bob Boldon, Jerilyn Cushing, Shelly Burns, Marisa Rogers, Melanie Scheetz, Brittany Harmon, Misty McMillen, Toni Pizzino, Natalie Clime, Kim Hurt, Kelley Burrier, Head Coach Karl Smesko.

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