1998 Women's NAIA National Championship Team
Team: Women's Basketball


Walsh’s Women’s Basketball Team won the school’s first-ever national championship in 1998.  Under first-year coach Karl Smesko, Walsh won 29 games and lost only five.  After losing the Mid-Ohio Conference Championship game at Shawnee State, the Cavs thought that their dream of a national tournament bid had ended, and the players left campus for the upcoming spring break.  But, on the following day Smesko received the ultimate phone call from the NAIA and the Cavs were headed to Sioux City, Iowa as the final team to receive an at-large bid.  The Cinderella Cavs then reeled off five straight wins to capture the national championship.  They defeated the College of the Ozarks (67-56), Grand View (71-63), Holy Family (68-57), Doane (73-70) in the national semifinal game and Mary Hardin Baylor (73-66) in the title game.  Smesko was named national coach of the year, Brittany Harmon and Melanie Scheetz were selected to the all-tournament team and Misty McMillen earned the tournament All-Hustle Award.  Scheetz was also named Mid-Ohio Conference Player of the Year and second-team NAIA All-American.  The team was inducted in the Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame this past May.