JACKSON, Tenn. — With four seniors and one junior in the starting lineup, the top-seeded Vanguard University women's basketball team (29-0) has experience on its side as it attempts to win the program's first national championship at the NAIA Tournament in Oman Arena.
Senior Kelly Schmidt, in fact, said having ended every season on the 5,600-seat facility's parquet floor, has made it a special place for her and her teammates.
"I feel very comfortable here," Schmidt said after the Lions' 74-64 first-round win over Harris-Stowe of St. Louis, Mo. "I noticed last year it was different for the girls who had been here before, and this year is a continuation of that. Going out there, it's just a game and once you get on the court, like any other game, you just have to go out and do it. Just like at The Pit back home."