2016 NJCAA DIII Women’s Basketball National Tournament Recap

(Photo credit: Brookdale Community College)
(Photo credit: Brookdale Community College)

I had the honor of going back to Brookdale Community College where I graduated from in May 2015 to write some game recaps as they hosted the 2016 NJCAA DIII Women’s Basketball National Tournament. The three day event went from March 10-12, but I was only able to go for the first and third day of the tournament because of class. It was still a very good experience and I am grateful to everybody in the Brookdale athletics department for providing me with the opportunity.

Here are the game recaps that I wrote. They can also be found at brookdaleathletics.com.


 

Thursday, March 10, 2016:

Noon: #1 Roxbury def. #8 Ocean – 86-63

Top Seed Roxbury Advances in NJCAA DIII Women’s Basketball Tournament

By John Sorce

LINCROFT, NJ – The 2016 NJCAA DIII Women’s Basketball Tournament is underway, and the No. 1 seed Roxbury Lady Tigers are moving onto the semifinals after they defeated the Ocean County Vikings 86-63 at Collins Arena.

The Lady Tigers had five players in double-figures and were led by sophomore center Alyssa Stewart, who finished with 23 points and nine rebounds. Freshman forward Breonna Pinkcett recorded a double-double as she posted 16 points and 10 rebounds. The team shot 51.4% (38-74) from the floor.

Ocean was led by sophomore guard Lauren Lamastra, who had 24 points while sophomore center April Szymczyk double-doubled with 13 points and 18 boards.

Roxbury will play the winner of #4 Mid-Michigan-#5 West Georgia Tech on Friday, March 11 at 5 p.m. Ocean’s next contest will be on Friday at noon against the loser of that same game.


 

2:00 pm: #2 Northland def. #7 Sullivan – 57-49

No. 2 Northland Defeats No. 7 Sullivan County

By John Sorce

LINCROFT, NJ – The No. 2 seeded Northland Pioneers defeated No. 7 Sullivan County by a score of 57-49 to advance to the semifinals of the 2016 NJCAA DIII Women’s Basketball National Tournament.

The Pioneers were led on offense by sophomore guard Tori Mekash, who finished with 15 points and went 3-7 from three. Sophomore guard Shannon Dahl also connected four times from downtown as she ended with 14 points. The duo combined to make good on six of their eleven 3-point attempts in the first half, good for a 54.5% clip. Freshman center ShaRon Miller picked up a double-double as she posted 12 points and 10 rebounds. Sullivan County was led by freshman guard Kyla Given, who put up 16 points and four rebounds in the contest.

The two teams play again on Friday, March 11 with Northland taking on #3 Mohawk Valley at 7 p.m. while Sullivan County will draw Anoka Ramsey at 2 p.m.


 

5:00 pm: #3 Mohawk Valley def. #6 Anoka Ramsey – 65-54

Mohawk Valley Downs Anoka Ramsey to Advance to Semifinals

By John Sorce

LINCROFT, NJ – The No. 3 seed Mohawk Valley (NY) Hawks defeated the No. 6 seed Rams of Anoka Ramsey Community College (MN) by a score of 65-54 to advance to the semifinals of the NJCAA DIII Women’s Basketball National Tournament.

The Hawks were led on offense by sophomore guard Africa Williams, who finished with 16 points and went 3-9 from three. Freshman forward Adrienne Graves posted a double-double with 15 points and 15 rebounds. For Anoka Ramsey, sophomore forward Daron Mainville led the way with 29 points and went 60% (12-20) from the field.

Both teams play on Friday, March 11 at Collins Arena. Mohawk Valley will go up against the No. 2 seed Northland Pioneers at 7 p.m. EST to play for a spot in Saturday’s National Championship Game. Anoka Ramsey will take on the No. 7 seed Sullivan County Generals at 2 p.m. in the consolation bracket.


 

7:00 pm: #5 West Georgia Tech def. #4 Mid Michigan – 68-66

West Georgia Tech Gets Passed Mid Michigan at the Buzzer

By John Sorce

LINCROFT, NJ – The No. 5 seed West Georgia Tech Golden Knights upended the No. 4 seed Mid Michigan Lakers 68-66 to wrap up the first day of the 2016 NJCAA DIII Women’s Basketball National Tournament.

The Golden Knights were led by sophomore forward Jacky Jones who finished with 19 points on 7-10 shooting and nine rebounds. Mid Michigan had three players in double-figures led by sophomore forward Erika Wendling who had 18 points. Sophomore guard Kara Hughston posted 16 points while freshman guard Kara Schafer recorded a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds.

West Georgia Tech took a 48-39 lead into the fourth quarter, but the Lakers came back to tie the game at 66 with 7.4 seconds left and had possession out of a timeout. But they had the inbound pass stolen and the Golden Knights took it back and scored the game winning basket at the end.

The Golden Knights advance to the semifinals against the No. 1 seed Roxbury (MA) Lady Tigers on Friday, March 11 at Collins Arena at 5 p.m. EST for the right to play for a National Championship. Mid Michigan goes to the consolation bracket where they will take on the No. 8 seed Ocean (NJ) Vikings On Friday at noon.


 

Saturday, March 12, 2016:

Noon (7th Place Game):  #8 Ocean def. #7 Sullivan – 66-63

Ocean Defeats Sullivan in 7th Place Game

By John Sorce

LINCROFT, NJ – The No. 8 seed Vikings of Ocean County College took down the No. 7 seed Sullivan County Generals 66-63 to secure seventh place in the 2016 NJCAA DIII Women’s Basketball National Tournament.

Ocean was led on offense by sophomore guard Lauren Lamastra, who finished with 21 points and was 6-10 from three. Freshman forward Aliyah Pana had 19 points and eight rebounds in the contest, while shooting 5-9 from three. Sophomore center April Szymczyk posted a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds.

For Sullivan, freshman guard Ashley McDonald led the way with 14 points and seven rebounds. Sophomore forward Eteareia Jones had 12 points and seven boards while sophomore forward Mariah Rosario fell just short of a double-double with 11 points and nine rebounds.


 

2:00 pm (5th Place Game):  #4 Mid Michigan def. #6 Anoka Ramsey – 64-57

Mid Michigan Takes Fifth Place in NJCAA DIII Women’s Basketball National Tournament

By John Sorce

LINCROFT, NJ – The No. 4 seed Mid Michigan Lakers overcame a 14 point halftime deficit to defeat the No. 6 seed Anoka Ramsey Golden Rams 64-57 in the 5th place game of the 2016 NJCAA DIII Women’s Basketball National Tournament.

The Lakers were led by freshman guard Kara Schafer who recorded a double-double with 17 points and 13 rebounds.  Sophomore guard Kara Hughston also recorded a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds. The team outscored Anoka Ramsey 25-6 in the third quarter, including a 22-2 run to close it out.

For the Golden Rams, freshman guard Rashonna Thomas led the way with 18 points while freshman forward Lexus Hughes added 7 points and 11 rebounds in the contest.


 

5:00 pm (3rd Place Game):  #3 Mohawk Valley def. #5 West Georgia Tech – 60-57

Mohawk Valley Defeats West Georgia Tech in Third Place Game

By John Sorce

LINCROFT, NJ – In a game that came right down to the wire, the No. 3 seed Mohawk Valley Hawks snuck by the No. 5 seed West Georgia Tech Golden Knights 60-57 to secure third palace in the 2016 NJCAA DIII Women’s Basketball National Tournament.

Mohawk Valley was paced on offense by sophomore guard Africa Williams, who finished with 12 points. Freshman forward Adrienne Graves posted a double-double with 11 points and 11 boards. With the game tied at 57 with 41.1 seconds remaining, Graves was fouled and hit the first of two free throws. The Hawks got the offensive rebound and Graves made another basket to extend the lead to three points and the eventual final score.

West Georgia Tech was led by sophomore forward Jacky Jones, who finished with 22 points and seven rebounds.


 

7:00 pm (National Championship Game):  #1 Roxbury def. #2 Northland – 61-57

Roxbury Wins 2016 NJCAA DIII Women’s Basketball National Championship

By John Sorce

LINCROFT, NJ – The top seeded Roxbury Lady Tigers defeated the No. 2 seed Northland Pioneers in a tightly contested 61-57 game to capture the 2016 NJCAA DIII Women’s Basketball National Championship.

The Lady Tigers were led by sophomore guard Taj Lewis, who was named tournament MVP, as she scored 18 points in the deciding game. Sophomore center Alyssa Stewart added a double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds while sophomore guard Ryia Newsome scored 12 points. Both were named to the All-Tournament Team.

For Northland, freshman center ShaRon Miller double-doubled with 14 points and 12 rebounds while sophomore guards Tori Mekash and Allyson Dahl contributed 13 points each. The team was given the sportsmanship award during the postgame awards ceremony.

In addition to Stewart and Newsome, the All-Tournament Team consisted of Miller and Dahl (Northland), Africa Williams (Mohawk Valley), Jacky Jones (West Georgia Tech), Kara Schaffer (Mid Michigan), and Daron Mainville (Anoka Ramsey). Roxbury head coach Mark Leszczyk was named Coach of the Tournament.

 

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