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What a weekend for Minnesota State University! On Friday night the women’s team won the Division II national title in Missouri. Then, on Saturday afternoon the men’s team defeated Nova Southeastern University by a score of 88-85 in a thrilling finish. The term Madness is very fitting for the Mavericks’ run to the end of March!

Lady Mavericks Roll

Friday night’s game against Texas Women’s University was never really close. The Mavericks controlled the game from start to finish. Natalie Bremer lead the Mavs in scoring with 27 points. This is the Lady Mavericks first national championship since the 2008-09 season.

Maverick Men’s Hoops Finish in Style

After stumbling out of the gate, the Mavericks found their rhythm against the class of Division II basketball in Nova Southeastern. Previous to their matchup with MSU, NSU had only lost 2 games in the season. But, the Mavs found their footing and got the job done in the end! The prior season NSU finished the regular season undefeated. This is the Mavericks’ first-ever men’s division II national title.

2 Brothers 1 Dream

Malik and Kyreese Willingham were a HUGE part of the Mavericks championship campaign and when it came down to their last possession the brothers shined with one beautiful play to secure the go-ahead bucket with 0.8 seconds left in the game. Both brothers ended the game with 12 points each. For Malik, he ends his college career with a national championship while Kyreese has another year of eligibility remaining.

Twice as Nice

This is only the second time in Division II history that a team won BOTH men’s and women’s D2 championships in the same season. The other instance was 40 years ago when Central Missouri did it. With that said, we have a new basketball capital of the world and it’s down in Mankato, Minnesota!

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