Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

EWC Basketball Hopes Schedule, Experience Pay off at NAIA Tourney

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

EWC Basketball Hopes Schedule, Experience Pay off at NAIA Tourney

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After a one-year absence, Edward Waters College is returning to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Tournament.

Edward Waters (22-8) received an at-large bid to the 32-team tournament that begins next Wednesday in Tulsa, Okla. The teams will be seeded this morning. The Tigers won the regular-season Eastern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championship, but they lost to No. 19 Barber Scotia Sunday in the EIAC tournament's championship game.

In 1999, Edward Waters rode a school-record 15-game win streak into the program's first national tournament appearance before losing to Azusa Pacific in the opening round. This time, fourth-year Edward Waters coach Buster Harvey expects the Tigers to vie for the title.

"We're going out there with an attitude we're going to win some games and contend for the national championship," Harvey said. "I think [two years ago] we were just happy we were able to get there. We really talked all season long about getting to the national tournament and trying to win it."

Harvey said his team survived a tough schedule to prepare for the national tournament. The Tigers beat 10 teams either ranked in NCAA Division II or NAIA Division I. He also said his team benefits from having seven players who have been in a national tournament atmosphere.

Charles Jefferson, Derrick Thomas, Darrell Brown, Brad Clark and Eddie Jones played in Edward Waters' first NAIA appearance. Junior forwards Lamaas Barefield and Janar Quiller started for Aiken Tech (S.C.) Community College in the National Junior College Athletic Association Tournament in 1999 and 2000.

UNF PITCHERS HARD TO HIT -- University of North Florida freshman twins Cari and Jessica Chewning and sophomore Gina Ripper have been a nearly unhittable trio during the Lady Ospreys' 9-0 start.

The Chewnings and Ripper have a combined 0.00 ERA, holding hitters to a cumulative .095 batting average. They have struck out 53, allowed 18 hits and walked nine in 56 innings. Cari Chewning (4-0) has thrown two no-hitters. Ripper (4-0) has a one-hitter. Jessica Chewning (1-0) has a no-hitter. …

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