Grenadiers face Cardinal Stritch for trip to national championship game

11th March 2013

POINT LOOKOUT, Mo. (March 10, 2013) – The No. 11 seeded IU Southeast Grenadiers will face second-seeded Cardinal Stritch on Monday night at 9 p.m. with a trip to the NAIA National championship game on the line.

Both teams are making their first appearances in the national semifinals.  IU Southeast (30-4) advanced to the quarterfinals in 2010 and Cardinal Stritch did the same in 2012.

Both the Grenadiers and Wolves are the champions of their respective conferences.  IU Southeast won the regular season and tournament titles in the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and Cardinal Stritch (33-3) won both titles in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference.

IU Southeast faced another CCAC member when it dispatched St. Xavier (Ill.) 83-73 in the second round.

The winner of this semifinal will take on the winner of the first semifinal between No. 1 William Penn (Iowa) vs. Grace (Ind.) in the national championship game on Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET. The game will be televised live on the CBS Sports Network.


IU Southeast

First Round: No. 11 IU Southeast def. Valley City State (N.D.) 75-72 | Box Score | Recap

NAIA Sweet Sixteen: No. 11 IU Southeast def. No. 6 Saint Xavier (Ill.), 83-73 | Box Score | Recap

NAIA Elite Eight: No. 11 IU Southeast def. College of the Ozarks 75-60 | Box Score | Recap

 Cardinal Stritch

 First Round: No. 2 Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) def. Jamestown (N.D.), 74-56 | Box Score | Recap

NAIA Sweet Sixteen: No. 2 Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) def. Bellevue (Neb.), 81-56 | Box Score | Recap

NAIA Elite Eight: No. 2 Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) def. #10 Dordt (Iowa), 82-76 (2OT) | Box Score | Recap


  • Derek Semenas was a CCAC All-Conference first team selection and leads Cardinal Stritch with 16.6 ppg. He ranks No. 18 in NAIA Division II in Total Scoring (598).
  • The Wolves rank fourth in the country in rebound margin (10.6).
  • The Wolves rank No. 6 in the country in scoring margin (15.7).

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  • Cameron Mitchell is the KIAC Player of the Year and is averaging 14 points per game in the NAIA tournament. He is averaging 16.7 on the season.
  • IU Southeast is averaging 86.5 points per game which ranks No. 4 in Division II.
  • Jake Simpson ranks No. 1 in Division II with a 3-pt. FG pct. of 50.4.

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