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Two DI Final Fours Decided in Women's College

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Two DI Final Fours Decided in Women's College

Penn State beat BYU for the DI Elite final last year, and return to the final four this year. Michael Geib photo.

Eight teams are left for the Women's DI College championships.

The past weekend began with 16 teams in the running. The winners from the 1st round qualified for one of two championships. The DI Elite semifinalists are the four teams who won twice over the weekend - the Round of 16 and Quarterfinals. The DI semifinalists are the teams that lost the Quarterfinals.

It was clear early on that there's a big gap between the best teams and the teams ranked 9-16. Here are the Round of 16 scores:

BYU 67 Chico State 14
UC Davis 96 Arizona State 0
Penn State 127 James Madison 5
Life 137 North Carolina 5
Central Florida 48 Virginia 20
Notre Dame College 57 Virginia Tech 5
Stanford 68 Arizona 15
Lindenwood 95 Washington State 7

Of those 1st round games, only one had a winning margin of less than 40 - UCF over Virginia. The four biggest results averaged winning margins just under 110. There was a clear difference between the top eight and the next eight.

So on to the quarterfinals:

BYU 44 UC Davis 19
Penn State 62 Notre Dame College 8
Lindenwood 103 Stanford 0
Life 78 Central Florida 5

Once again the winning margins were large, with only UC Davis getting close in a loss.

BYU got tries from all over, with prop Rebekah Hebdon, wing Baylie Duce, flyhalf Nicole McCullough, wing Alisa Baker, hooker Lindsay Sheridan, and prop Lora Gubler scoring tries. Sorensen finalists Sydnee Watanabe was one of Davis's try-scorers.

Penn State No. 8 Kyle Chipman scored two tries and center Gabbie Cantorna scored 11 points. 

Lindenwood got 17 points from McKenzie Hawkins and fullback Caring De Freitas scored four tries.

For Life, center Alexandira Sedrick scored four tries against UCF.

So on May 5-6, BYU, Penn State, Lindenwood, and Life will play for the DI Elite Championship.

At the same time, Davis, NDC, Stanford, and UCF will play for the DI Champoionship.