St. Xavier didn't have another rally in them on Tuesday.
St. Xavier fell to Marian, 66-52, in the NAIA Division II national championship game at the Tyson Events Center in Iowa. It was St. Xavier's first ever championship appearance.
Things were going well for the Cougars, who led 30-23 at halftime. But a third quarter where St. Xavier was outscored by 16 sealed Marian's second straight championship.
Brittany Collins led the Cougars in scoring with 14 points and eight rebounds. Maddie Welter and Mikayla Leyden each had 11 points and combined for 13 rebounds.
The Cougars finished their season with a 34-3 record.
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This year’s March Madness Cinderella team (accompanied by rising star Sister Jean) not only captured the hearts of Chicagoland and underdog supporters alike, but also Division 1 coaches, too.
Loyola University Chicago finished in the top 10 of the USA Today Coaches Poll, landing a 21 spot climb to finish in seventh place — the biggest rise the 2018 poll saw. The poll is conducted weekly with votes coming from a panel of Division 1 coaches who are all members of the National Association of Basketball Coaches.
Loyola shocked the college basketball nation as the team was only the fourth No. 11 seed in NCAA basketball history to reach the Final Four, where they were defeated March 31 by No. 3 seed University of Michigan 57-69.
Relive their memorable journey here.
The Loyola Ramblers captured the hearts of millions with their magical run through March Madness.
And while it seemed like this talented group, led by head coach Porter Moser - and Sister Jean, might never lose, their journey ended Saturday night in San Antonio at the hands of the third-seeded Michigan Wolverines.
The Ramblers went through a dry spell in the first half but still managed to take a 29-22 lead into halftime in a game that featured two suffocating defenses. The second half was a different story, as the Wolverines put on a clinic and continued their lockdown defense, outscoring the Ramblers by 21 in the eventual 69-57 victory.
Relive their magical run in the video above. Below you can find our Facebook Live coverage of Gentile Arena, where the Ramblers' official watch party took place during the game.