The Coe College Women’s Basketball Team was ranked 1st in the NCAA Division III West Region standings posted on February 28th.
The Kohawks finished their NCAA journey with an overall record of 26-4. The Coe women met Illinois Wesleyan and lost 77-74.
The Kohawks’ Season
The Kohawks made it to the Sweet 16 this season and met their match in Illinois Wesleyan. Wesleyan defeated the Kohawks in their first Sweet 16 appearance in school history, 77-74. Coe took an early lead in the game and finished the first half leading 36-32 after many lead changes throughout the half. The second half started out like much of the first with many lead changes.
The Titans opened the half by scoring the first seven points in 1:30 before Coe made the next 6 points and took the lead 44-43. Wesleyan attempted to shut down Coe when they went on an 11-2 run in three minutes and took the lead 54-45. Coe responded with a 10-4 run of their own. With 2:13 left in the game, the Titans hit a pair of threes as they took the lead 72-67. They would never trail again.
Coe has much to be proud of as they won 26 games, won the Iowa Conference Women’s Basketball Tournament Championship, were regular season conference winners, and made it to the Sweet 16. Head Coach Randi Peterson leads the Kohawks but looks to Kaitlin Breitbach, Sarah Anciaux, Kayla Lincoln, and Kayla Waskow to win games.
About The Team
Head Coach Randi Peterson is in her 5th season with Coe and has led the Kohawks to their second-straight IIAC Championship, while winning the league tournament and advancing to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history. She was named this season’s Iowa Conference Co-Coach of the Year, and the WBCA and D3Hoops.com West Region Coach of the Year.
Senior Kaitlin Breitbach was named the leagues Defensive Player of the Year. She led the leagues toughest defense, as Coe led the league in scoring defense at 56 points per game. Breitbach led the league in assist-to-turnover ratio at 2.55 and 4.15 assists per gme. She was also named All-Iowa Conference Honorable Mention.
Senior Sarah Anciaux was named to the All-Iowa Conference First Team. She finished her career as the second leading scorer in school history with almost 1,200 points. Anciaux has career highs of 94 3-pointers, 401 assists, 591 rebounds, 58 blocks, and 179 steals. Senior Kayla Lincoln and junior Kayla Waskow were named to the All-Iowa Conference First Team.
Lincoln finished her career with 1,118 points, 171 3-pointers, 423 field goals, 149 blocked shots, and 508 rebounds. She was also named to the D3Hoops.com All-West Region First Team. Waskow has scored 836 career points, with 353 coming this year.
About The School
Coe College is located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and is a selective, private, nationally recognized four-year coeducational liberal arts institution providing superior educational experiences. There are about 1,300 students with an average class size of 16 and student/faculty ratio of 11:1. With more than 40 majors that range from accounting to art to molecular biology, Coe truly offers something for everyone.