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W. Basketball – Tournament Recap: Day Five

03/21/14

W. Basketball – Tournament Recap: Day Five

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – The final day of the 2014 NJCAA Division II Women’s Basketball Tournament determined the final placing for eight teams, and four outstanding games for fans to witness.

Game 23:  Lake Michigan used a balanced scoring attack to down Kishwaukee 76-68 to win the 7th/8th place game. Sabrina Trujillo led the Red Hawks with 16 points, followed by DaYanna Styles and Lexi Hobbs with 14, Kaitlyn Smith with 12 and Sara Huffman with 10. Ashanti David poured in 32 points in a losing cause for Kishwaukee. David ended the tournament as the leader in points scored with 99, an average of 24.8.

Game 24: Parkland was able to overcome a four-point halftime deficit and turn it into a 14-point victory, downing Chesapeake 98-84 to place fifth in the tournament. Hannah Wascher led the Cobras with 25 points and 15 rebounds. Wascher averaged 20 points and 12 rebounds in the tournament to earn a spot on the All-Tournament team. Erin Kelly followed with 20 points, and Aime Iverson and Jocie Klocke added 15 and 14 in the win. Ashley Pegram led Chesapeake with 25, followed by Daria Simmons with 20. Simmons was also named All-Tournament.  

Game 25:  After missing out on their chance to win a national title, North Iowa Area and St. Clair put on a tremendous display in their battle to finish third overall. North Iowa built an eight-point halftime lead, and held on for a 77-71 victory. Chelsey Cox and Lateeka Thompson led the Trojans with 18 and 16 points. Both were selected All-Tournament. Sheyna Deans led St. Clair with 20 points.

Game 26:  A year after falling in the national title game, Mesa prevailed in its second straight title appearance, downing No. 2 seed Highland, 82-72, in overtime. Tied at 60 at the end of regulation, Mesa scored the first seven points of overtime and hit 14 of 18 free throw attempts to pull away down the stretch.  Peace Amukamara, who was named the tournament MVP, led three Thunderbirds in double figures with 28 points. Madi Austin followed with 25 points, and Mariah Willadsen added 16. Mesa had to down the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds on consecutive nights to win the program’s first national championship. Julia Alves led the Scotties with 18 points, followed by Ryann Bowser with 15. 

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