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W. Basketball - Bracket set for NJCAA D-II Women's Basketball Tournament

03/15/17

W. Basketball - Bracket set for NJCAA D-II Women's Basketball Tournament

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – The seeds have been designated the bracket has been set for the 2017 NJCAA Women’s Division II Basketball Tournament next week at North Arkansas College in Harrison, Ark.

Johnson County Community College (30-2), the District B winner, was awarded the No. 2 overall seed in the 16-team tournament field. The Lady Cavaliers will open the tournament against District O winner, Lackawanna College (19-10) of Scranton, Penn.  Their scheduled tip is at 3 p.m., on Tuesday, March 21.

No. 1 seed Kirkwood Community College (33-0) will face 16-seed Dakota College at Bottineau (16-14) following the Lady Cavaliers opening game.

Johnson County will be making its 11 appearance in the NJCAA D-II Tournament. Their last appearance was in 2015 when the Lady Cavaliers claimed the second national title in team history by defeating No. 1 seed Parkland College 66-64 on a buzzer-beating shot by Alexis Brown. JCCC won its first title in 2000, defeating Monroe Community College 63-61.                             

Johnson County has an all-time record of 21-11 in tournament play, which ranks fourth all-time. Their 11 trips to the big dance are the fifth most in tournament history.

Johnson County had four players named to the All-Region VI D-II team this season. Leading the way sophomore forward Austin Richardson. The Lee’s Summit West graduate was voted the MVP of the Kansas Jayhawk D-II Conference last week and was a five-time conference player of the week selection. She leads the team in both points (15.2) and rebounds (10.8) and has 18 double-doubles on the year. She also is just the seventh player in JCCC history to record over 700 points and 500 rebounds in a career.

Earning second-team honors were sophomore teammates Arielle Jackson, Kyessence Collins and Kierra Isaiah. Jackson ranks second on the team in scoring with a 12.1 average, and ranks fourth in the NJCAA with 88 made 3-point baskets. Collins averages 7.4 points, 5. 1 rebounds and 5.1 assists.  Her 163 total assists rank fourth in the NJCAA. Isaiah averages 7.4 points and 7.9 rebounds, and is shooting 73.3 from the line. In the region championship win over No.8 Highland, she put on a dominating effort, finishing with 19 boards and 10 points.

One player for the Lady Cavaliers that did not garner any postseason accolades, but is putting numbers worthy of an honor is freshman guard Kylee Williams. A long-range specialist, Williams leads the conference and ranks second nationally with 100 made 3-point buckets. She needs just four more to set a new season record for the Lady Cavaliers. She is third on the team in scoring with an average of 11.2 points, and she is making 43 percent of her shot beyond the 3-point line

This is Lackawanna’s fourth trip to nationals in team history. They qualified in 1992, 1995 and 2012.

Lackawanna’s top player is sophomore guard Alexandra Jackson, who averages 15. 1 points per game, and has 113 assists and 66 steals. On Monday, March 13, she was selected to the Region XIX D-II first-team and awarded its 2017 Player of the Year honor.

To follow the Lady Cavaliers run through the 2017 NJCAA Division II Tournament, log on to the official website of the championship.

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