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W. Basketball – Tournament Recap: Day Three

03/21/14

W. Basketball – Tournament Recap: Day Three

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – It was the third day at the NJCAA Division II Women’s Basketball Tournament at Johnson County Community College with six games on the schedule. At the conclusion of the day, four teams were eliminated and two advanced to the semifinal round.

Game 12:  In the first of four elimination games of the day, Lake Michigan forced 29 turnovers against Essex County and cruised to a 67-35 victory. Lexi Hobbs had a big game for the Red Hawks, recording a double-double of 19 points and 11 rebounds. She also had a team-high five steals. Sabrina Trujillo followed with 17 points and DaYanna Style and Nicole Decker added 12 and 11 respectively. Emma Block led Essex County with 16 points and Alexis Bell finished with 10 points and 15 boards.

Game 13: Fueled by a 10-0 run in the final minutes of the game, Kankakee was able to survive and advance with a 57-46 victory over Dakota-Bottineau. Sarafina Handy and Anne Winston led the Cavaliers with 14 and 13 points respectively. Cairece Kanmegni led all players with nine rebounds. Dakota-Bottineau was led by Imani Scott’s 17-point effort.

Game 14:  Kishwaukee built a 26-point lead in the first half, and that proved too much for Mercyhurst North East to overcome, as the Kougars cruised to a 75-59 win over the Saints. Four players finished in double figures for the Kougars, led by Tami Morice with 19 points. Ashanti David followed with 18, and she was credited with eight rebounds, four assists and six steals. Jasmine Ogunjimi and Tatiana Wartenbe added 13 and 12. Mercedes Hudson was the only Saints player to reach double figures. She finished with 11 points.

Game 15: Parkland’s Hannah Wascher helped keep her team’s quest for a fifth place finish alive, registering 25 points and 16 rebounds in her team’s 88-74 victory over Monroe College. Wascher was 9 of 16 from the field and 7 of 11 at the line. Jerica Hawkins also had a double-double, finishing with 14 points and 10 boards, and Aimee Iverson and Jocie Klocke came close. Iverson had 19 points and seven rebounds. Klocke finished with 15 and eight. Breana Bey led Monroe with 18 points.

Game 16: Fast and furious is the best way to describe the action in the quarterfinal match between North Iowa Area and Cincinnati State. The two teams sprinted up and down the floor, and in the end, North Iowa Area punched its ticket to the final four with an 85-79 win over Cincinnati State. Cortni Rush and Chelsey Jacox led the Trojans with 23 and 22 points, and Lateeka Thompson posted a double-double of 17 points and 10 rebounds.  Ericka Fitzpatrick, Phylicia Johnson, Danielle Chinn and Emily Fite each scored 16 points for the Surge.

Game 17: Mesa kept its national championship aspirations alive with an 81-74 victory over Chesapeake. The Thunderbirds shot 54 percent from the field, which proved to be the difference. Three players posted double-doubles for Mesa. Madi Austin finished with 23 points and 10 rebounds. Kyle Herd had 12 points and 12 boards, and Peace Amukamara had 20 points and 10 assists. Daria Simmons led Chesapeake with 17 points and Ashley Pegram followed with 16. 

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