OU Women's Rugby Takes 2nd in West Championships (April 7-9, 2006)

OU Women’s Rugby Takes 2nd in West Championships (April 7-9, 2006)

Norman, Okla. – The OU Women’s Rugby team is riding high after this weekend’s stellar 2-1 performance and claiming 2nd place in the Western Collegiate Championships Women’s Division 1 finals held in Norman.

The Roses defeated the University of Colorado 10-5 on Saturday morning and won a nail- biter against the University of Northern Colorado 8-7 in the semi-finals that afternoon.

Roses wing Lesley White was on fire all day Saturday as she scored both tries in the CU game and assisted with the try in the UNC match. Outside Center Wendy Young made crucial penalty kicks in both games and scored the only points in OU’s 23-3 loss against the Air Force Academy in the finals Sunday morning.

“The team played fantastic all weekend. We came in as a #7 seed and are leaving a #2 seed in the West, we couldn’t be happier,” said OU Head Coach Tracy Curtis. “This sets us up nicely for a run at the Sweet Sixteens next year. With our seeding this year, OU is securely ranked in the Top Twenty nationally. It’s a proud accomplishment and a big win for club sports at OU.”

The Air Force Academy came off two impressive wins on Saturday to defeat the Roses. The Zoomie backline was intense and had great ball movement to the wing where they scored their tries.

The Roses fought hard all 80 minutes and left everything on the field. Great line-outs and fringe defense were strong points for OU all game.

“We played with all our hearts and came up a little short,” said flanker Becca Poslick. “I’m so proud of my team for dominating the way we did as an underdog and making Air Force fight for their championship.”

Next up, the Roses travel to Austin, Texas, for the annual Best of the West Tournament on April 22. Club-side power-houses the Austin Valkyries and KC Jazz will be in attendance as OU hopes to bring their 2nd place magic to South Texas and capture the title: Best of the West.

For more information on the Roses please visit http://rugby.ou.edu or email Coach Curtis at rugby@ou.edu.

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