GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- George Fox senior Jami Morris has no intention of ending her college basketball career the way it began.
Morris, a 5-foot-7 point guard who lives in Salem, Ore., and her Bruins advanced to Saturday night's national championship game by defeating Montclair State 70-52 in Friday night's semifinals. “That [national championship] game freshman year is a such a blur,” Morris said Friday night. “I didn't watch it back until a year later because it was such a disappointment, obviously. No though, it gives me so much more motivation because I feel like there is no other way than to go out with a win.”
George Fox spent the entire past week in West Michigan as the Bruins won their quarterfinal game here last weekend, beating the host Knights of Calvin . “It has been a long week because we are still in school this week and we missed a lot of work,” Morris said. “We spent a lot of time sitting around hotel rooms this week and I think, because of that, our practices might have been a little lackadaisical, but I am so proud of how my team came out tonight.”
Morris, who was married last summer, is majoring in biology and plans to continue her education by pursuing a master's degree in education. “I want to teach high-school biology and coach,” she said. “You have to start somewhere, but someday I would love to coach college basketball.”
Morris finished Friday's semifinal game with 16 points on 47 percent shooting from the field and a perfect 2-for-2 from the line. She also had two steals in the game and a team-high two assists.
Saturday's game will be the first NCAA Division III national championship game that will feature two undefeated teams as the 32-0 Bruins will take on the 32-0 Saints of Thomas More. “I think that's awesome, but we can't focus on that right now,” Morris said. “We have to focus on our next opponent and on the things that we can control. Those are the kinds of things we can think about later.”