Johnson County Community College
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Diane Carroll, writer/editor/media relations, ext. 3425
Tyler Cundith, sports information director, ext. 3122

W. Basketball - Countdown to OP


W. Basketball - Countdown to OP

Women's basketball tournament logoOVERLAND PARK, Kan. – The countdown has begun. In less than a month, 16 schools from around the country will head to Overland Park, Kan., and campus of Johnson County Community College to compete in the NJCAA Women’s Division II Basketball Tournament. This will be third and final year that the college will serve as the host site.

To date, eight teams from last year’s field are ranked in the current NJCAA D-II poll. Leading that list is No. 1 and defending champion Johnson County Community College. The other seven are No. 2 Monroe Community College (N.Y.), No. 3 Kirkwood Community College (Iowa), No. 7 Schoolcraft College (Mich.), No. 8 Owens Community College (Ohio), No. 15 North Arkansas College (Ark.), and Parkland Community College (Ill.) and Phoenix College (Ariz.), which received votes.

Additionally, seven other teams from the 2014 tournament that was also hosted at the college are among the current top ranked teams. Those are No. 4 Highland Community College (Kan.), No. 14 Kankakee Community College (Ill.), No. 16 Louisburg College (N.C.), No. 17 North Iowa Area Community College (Iowa), No. 19 Lake Michigan College (Mich.) and Cincinnati State Technical and Community College (Ohio), which received votes.

On the evening of March 19, the national champion for women’s NJCAA D-II will be determined on the court at JCCC. That will also mark the conclusion of the college’s three-year run as the host site. While the championship moves on to North Arkansas College for the next three years, Johnson County always will have lasting memory on the history of the women’s tournament for the NJCAA.

From 1975-82, former JCCC athletic director Orville Gregory played a significant role in the development of women’s basketball at the community college level.  The NJCAA National Tournament was born in 1975 on the college’s campus and grew up there for eight years before leaving following the 1982 tournament. The NJCAA returned the tournament to the college in 2004, and again 2014 and 2015. This year will be the 12th tournament to be played on JCCC’s campus.


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