03.16.13: The No. 10 seed Lady Knights will be playing in the first game of the NJCAA Division II Women’s Basketball National Championship Tournament vs. the No. 7 seed Express of Owens Community College from Toledo, OH Tuesday March 19th at 9:00am CST (10:00am EST).
You can follow all the action vie the NJCAA TV webcast brought to you by iHigh by following this link: http://www.ihigh.com/icccougars/broadcast_289494.html?silverlight=1 In addition, you can follow utilizing social media by following on Facebook by liking NJCAA Div. II Women’s Basketball Championship and CCRI Women’s Basketball Coach Lynch. You can follow on Twitter by following: @CCRIathletics and @NJCAATourneyICC. While following on Twitter, utilize this hashtag on all tweets to join in on the national discussion: #D2WChamp.
The Express is ranked No. 9 by the NJCAA Division II poll as District I Champion with a 25-7 record. They have four players averaging in double-figures led by Emma-Jean Ricketts with 16.8 points per game, followed by Karahn Scott 11.9 points and 10.1 rebounds, Uniqua Mitchell 11 points and Mackenzie Heacock with 10.7 points per game. In addition, the Express are riding a nine-game winning streak as they enter the Nationals.
The Lady Knights look to counter the Express with their all-time leading scorer, assists, and steals leader: Jahira Smith (Brooklyn, NY) who comes into the Nationals with 1,021 career points, 305 assists and 254 steals. This year averaging 18 points, 4.4 assists, and 4.5 steals per game. Smith will be helped by Nyjah Porcher (New Britain, CT) the single season rebound leader with 323 rebounds this year who averages 15.6 points and 11.2 rebounds per game. The two sophomores will be helped by the freshman guard tandem of Lexi Barros (New Bedford, MA) averaging 16 points per game with 3.6 assists and 3.7 steals and Ahnyyah Jackson (Hackensack, NJ) averaging 12 points per game.
Should the Lady Knights win their first match-up they would face the winner of the 2 vs. 15 match-up of Louisburg College (NC) and Erie Community College (NY) Wednesday at 8:00pm CST. Should CCRI lose they would play the loser of that game Thursday at 9:00am CST.
You can follow all the action on Facebook liking NJCAA Div. II Women’s Basketball Championship or on Twitter by following: @CCRIathletics and @NJCAATourneyICC.
The Community College of Rhode Island, New England’s largest comprehensive community college, enrolls nearly 18,000 students in credit courses and thousands more in non-credit and job training classes. Its athletic program boasts 12 varsity programs and an academic support program for all student-athletes.