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W. Basketball – Tournament Recap: Day One

03/19/14

W. Basketball – Tournament Recap: Day One

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – After the first day of the NJCAA Division II Women’s Basketball Tournament, six teams still have an opportunity to win a national championship. The following is recap of the action from the first day of the tournament.

Game 1:  No. 14 seed North Central Missouri brought a big crowd which helped the Lady Pirates lead until midway into the second half, but No. 3 seed St. Clair managed to pull away in the end, 80-74. The Skippers dominated the offensive, particularly in the second half, which resulted in many second chance points.  A total of 10 players finished in double figures scoring, five for each team. St. Clair’s Andranay Beverly led all scorers with 25 points, hitting 10-of-18 shots, including four treys.

Game 2: The second game of this tournament proved to be the most exciting of the day. No. 11 seed Monroe, and two-time national D-II champion, scored an upset over No. 6 seed and defending national champion Louisburg, 76-73.  Leading by 12 at the break, Monroe managed to survive a valiant comeback attempt by Louisburg. Olivia Colbert recorded a double-double of 15 points and 15 rebounds for Monroe. Kiara Lewis poured in 27 points for Louisburg, and Zana Tatum added 14 points and 11 rebounds for the Hurricanes.

Game 3:  No. 10 Parkland dominated building to a 23-point lead at the break over No. 7 Lake Michigan, then cruising to a 94-69 win. The Cobras shot 67 percent from the field in the first half, and 62 percent for the game. Five Cobras finished in double figures, led by Hannah Wascher with 23 points. She also had a game-high nine rebounds. DaYahnna Styles led Lake Michigan with 25 points.

Game 4:  No. 2 seed Highland held No. 15 seed Essex County to just seven first half points, and cruised to an 89-26 victory. The 26 points scored by Essex County are the second lowest total in the tournament’s history. All 11 Highland players scored, led by Celine Jolieur with 21 points. Emma Block came in off in the bench to pour in 19 of her team’s 26 points. During the game, Essex County lost two players to injury, and had four others foul out, leaving just two players on the floor the final minute of the game.

Game 5: North Iowa Area left little doubt why they are ranked No. 1 and earned the No. 1 seed. The Trojans easily handled No. 16 seed Dakota-Bottineau, 100-49.  North Iowa Area forced 39 turnovers and recorded 30 steals. Chelsey Jacox and Emily Bell powered the top ranked team with 22 and 21 points respectively. Savannah Bruce led Dakota-Bottineau with 14 points.

Game 6: The final game of the day produced a mild upset, as No. 9 seed Cincinnati State topped No. 8 seed Kankakee, 83-63. Leading by seven at halftime, The Surge withstood a run by Kankakee midway through the second half, then pulled away in the final stages of the game. Cincinnati State’s Phylicia Johnson led all scorers with 26 points. She was 9-of-15 from the field, with three 3-pointers, and 5 of 6 at the line. Emily Fite followed with 20. Mya Collum led Kankakee with 14 points.

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For schedules, rosters, and other team information, go to www.jccc.edu/cavs.