Defending champion MNU falls in NAIA Tournament first round

The Pioneers were outscored, 27-16, in the final quarter and lost in the first round of the NAIA Tournament on Wednesday.

MidAmerica Nazarene had a one-point lead heading into the fourth quarter, but Oklahoma City used a 13-6 run to open the stanza and went on to win, 73-63.

MNU finishes the season at 18-14.

Sophomore Whitney Moia led the way for the Pioneers with a double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds on the day. Jovana Jovovic also scored 12.

Oklahoma City (30-2) also got a double-double from the NAIA’s leading scorer, Daniela Wallen, who put in 20 points to go with 10 boards.

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