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W. Basketball – Tournament Recap: Day Four


W. Basketball – Tournament Recap: Day Four

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Day four at the NJCAA Division II Women’s Basketball Tournament established which teams would finish among top eight in the country for 2014, including the title game match up.

Game 18:  The defending national champion Louisburg Hurricanes season came to an end despite a tournament best 35-point effort by Kiara Rawls. Lake Michigan rallied from a four-point halftime deficit to post an 86-76 victory, and advance to the 7th/8th place game on Saturday. Five Red Hawks finished in double figures, led by Lexi Hobb’s 22-point game. Hobbs was 6 of 9 from the field, with a trey, and hit 9 of 13 from the line. She also had a game-high nine rebounds. DaYanna Styles flirted with a triple-double, finishing with 17 points, eight assists and seven boards.

Game 19: The second game of the day saw another outstanding individual effort as Kankakee’s Sarafina Handy poured in 35 points to match Kiara Rawls of Louisburg JCCC Gymnasium record in tournament play. However, like Rawls, it wasn’t enough to propel her team to a win. Kishwaukee took control early, building a 19-point halftime lead, then cruised to the 92-74 win. Five Kougars finished in double figures, led by Ashanti David and Catie Cox with 21 and 20 points respectively. Cox also had 11 rebounds.

Game 20:  Chesapeake was able to hold off a late second rally by Cincinnati State to advance to the 5th/6th place game. Darla Simmons and Ashley Pegram led the Skipjacks scoring 27 and 25 points, powering their team to a 93-84 victory.  Paige Jones and Joy Watson also finished in double figures with 11 and 10 points. Phylicia Johnson led the Surge with 20 points.

Game 21: Highland earned its shot at a national title by downing St. Clair County, 69-64 in the first semifinal of the evening. Ryann Bowser and Julia Alves led the Scotties offense, finishing with 23 and 17 points. They were also strong on the glass. Alves had nine rebounds, Bowser had eight, and five steals. Sheya Deans and Ta’Kira Height scored 40 of their teams 64 points, each pouring in 20 points.

Game 22: Mesa dominated the second half of action, and knocked off No. 1 ranked and No. 1 seed North Iowa Area, 73-58 in the second semifinal game. This is the second straight year Mesa has made it to the championship game. The Thunderbirds lost last year to Louisburg. Peace Amukamara continued to dazzle the crowd, producing one of the best efforts in national tournament history, finishing with a triple double of 23 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists. Chelsey Jacox and Lateeka Thompson led NIACC with 21 and 19 points.


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