A basketball player like no other in NCAA was key to Toledo’s WNIT championship

Usually when March Madness rolls around, my stomach is tied up in knots, I’m pacing the floor, hoping against hope that my teams will win.

This year, I had a calm feeling. I took it as an omen that, as a fan of both men’s and women’s NCAA basketball, I’d be celebrating a championship this time around.

Lo and behold, it’s the University of Toledo hoisting the championship trophy of the Women’s National Invitational Tournament (WNIT). The Blade has printed a recap of Toledo’s win over the University of Southern California in the title game.

Toledo features a player like no other in the NCAA, Naama Shafir. In the championship game, the junior guard from Israel scored 40 points. Here’s a summary of her basketball feats dating all the way back to high school, but that’s not what sets her apart from all the other players. That information can be found here. She’s a very principled woman, to be sure.