NJCAA Division II National Tournament
Chiefs hold off Dean, stay alive at National Tournament
Opponent: #12 seed Dean (MA) College (24-5)
76 - 67 (W)
(Overland Park, KS.) – Facing elimination at the NJCAA Division II Women’s Basketball National Championship Tournament, 13th seeded Waubonsee Community College held off 12th seeded Dean (MA) College for a 76-67 victory. Waubonsee (27-8) will now play a familiar foe in ninth seeded Kankakee Community College in another elimination game tomorrow, Friday, March 18 at 1:00 p.m. The Cavaliers (28-6) also staved off elimination with a 10-point win over United Tribes Technical College from North Dakota. All the tournament games can been seen ‘live’ on-line at NJCAA.TV. For more information go to www.jccc.edu/cavs/njcaatournament.
Sparked by seven early points by sophomore forward Julianna Wadsworth,Waubonsee jumped out to an 11-5 lead over Dean midway through the first quarter. The Chiefs’ leading scorer at 20.6 points per game, Wadsworth was held to just five points in Waubonsee’s opening round loss to Kansas City (KS) Community College. The Chiefs closed out the first period with a 24-18 lead before extending their lead to 34-24 on a breakaway lay-up by Libby Love with 4:45 to go until halftime. After a Dean timeout, Waubonsee grabbed its biggest lead at 39-26 before heading to the locker room ahead 41-30 at the break. The Chiefs kept the Bulldogs at arm’s length throughout the third quarter and held a 60-52 advantage entering the final 10 minutes of regulation. The Bulldogs pulled within one point (67-66) with three minutes to go before the Chiefs iced the game by making seven of eight free throw attempts down the stretch. For the game Waubonsee shot 87 percent (20 of 23) from the charity stripe and 46 percent (26 of 56) from the field overall. Dean made just one of 21 attempts (4.8 percent) from three-point range as they finish the season with a 24-6 record.
Wadsworth booked a game-high 26 points and handed out eight assists, including six in the first half alone. In the process the Oswego East High School product eclipsed her own Waubonsee mark for points in a season (583). The Chiefs’ all-time leading scorer, Wadsworth now has scored 607 points this season and 1,190 for her Waubonsee career. Point guard Coriesha Bailey added 19 points and four assists in the victory. The Rockford East High School graduate increased her national leading total in assists to 236 on the season. For the third straight game Jenae Rowe posted a double double, tallying 15 points and snagging a dozen rebounds. The Joliet Township High School alumnus has reached double digits for points and rebounds in a game 16 times, and is averaging 14.6 points and 11.4 rebounds per contest over Waubonsee’s last seven games.