SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — Joy Jeter poured in 30 points and hauled down 15 rebounds as the University of New Haven downed defending champion Cal Poly Pomona, 77-75, to win the NCAA Division II women's basketball tournament Saturday night.
The game was tied at the half, 35-35. Then the Chargers scrambled to a six-point lead, the largest of the game, with 6:21 left behind the shooting of Jeter, a 6-foot sophomore from Beaver Falls, Pa., who was named the tournament's outstanding player.
New Haven held on behind the ball-handling of another Beaver Falls sophomore, 5-2 Charlene Taylor, who finished with 12 points, 7 assists and 3 steals.
All of New Haven's starters finished in double figures as the Chargers (29-3) won their 28th straight game to became the first women's team from New England to win the NCAA Division II crown.