The 2016-17 athletic year was filled with highlights for Ohio Dominican's student-athletes. OhioDominicanPanthers.com will be counting down the top moments from last year over the next two weeks.
No. 1 - Ohio Dominican Plays Host To Division II Women's Basketball Elite Eight
An event several years in the making came to fruition in March as Ohio Dominican University successfully hosted the Division II Women's Basketball Elite Eight in Alumni Hall.
Working in conjunction with the Greater Columbus Sports Commission, ODU received the bid to host the championships in December, 2013. A re-branding project saw Alumni Hall transformed into a championship venue as the event came to Columbus for the first time, and the entire campus community rallied behind the effort to host the event.
Ashland, Cal Baptist, Columbus State (Ga.), Harding (Ark.), Queens (N.Y.), Virginia Union, West Florida and West Texas A&M were the eight teams who descended to Columbus. The Elite Eight started with an entertaining day of quarterfinal action, with narrow wins by Harding, Cal Baptist and Virginia Union headlining the Tuesday, March 21 action.
On Wednesday, March 22 with the cameras from CBS Sports Network in place, Virginia Union scored its second upset in as many days by knocking off No. 2 seed Cal Baptist, while Ashland earned a place in the championship game as well.
On Friday, March 24, Ashland pulled away in the second half and defeated Virginia Union 93-77 to claim the title.
Later in the spring, the NCAA announced that Ohio Dominican was selected to host the 2019 and 2021 Division II Women's Basketball Elite Eight as well.