Women's Cougar Rugby (BYU) dominated Northern Iowa on their way to a 44-0 victory and a place in the national women's DI college semifinals.
WCR's bracket played Friday and Saturday so as not to have the BYU students play on Sunday. It seemed that just about any day, the Utah team was going to play well.
"I was especially pleased with our defense," said Head Coach Tom Waqa. "It was a good team effort. Both Ohio State on Friday and UNI played really hard and never gave up. We had to work hard. We had a tough schedule leading up to this weekend and I think it showed."
Captain Samantha Wright, normally a flanker but playing lock on Saturday, was superb on defense and also scored the team's second try, six minutes after wing Keelia Harker opened the WCR account.
But UNI hung tough and it was only 12-0 going into halftime. Then, just before the first half ended, BYU got a penalty near the UNI line.
"The forwards called for the ball and said they wanted it, and they rolled it in," said Waqa. "That was, I think, a turning point."
Wright scored that try too, and led a forward effort that Waqa praised highly.
"We have good backs and they scored some tries, but it all comes from what our forwards are able to do," he said.
Wing Rebekah Siebach and flanker Ela Wolfgramm scored tries early in the second half, and then Siebach added another to make it 34-0 at 52 minutes. Wright added her third (converted by Chelsea Hill) and then Dana Greenwood put a cap on it with a drop goal.
Ohio State won the consolation semi 43-27 over Colorado, falling behind 27-0 and then reeling off seven straight tries, four of them by Courtney Milon.