NIACC faces Pima CC in consolation round

NIACC's Kelcie Hale drives to the basket for a layup in Wednesday's national tournament game against Cape Fear College.
NIACC's Kelcie Hale drives to the basket for a layup in Wednesday's national tournament game against Cape Fear College.

HARRISON, Ark. - The NIACC women's basketball team faces Pima CC at 3 p.m. Thursday in the consolation round at the NJCAA Division II national tournament on the North Arkansas campus.

If the Lady Trojans (28-6) win on Thursday, they will play for fifth-place at 2 p.m. Saturday.

NIACC dropped a 116-105 decision to Cape Fear College in the quarterfinals on Wednesday night. Kanas City (Kan.) topped Pima CC 82-68 in the quarterfinals on Wednesday.

The 221 total combined points in Wednesday's contest set a single-game record for most points scored in a NJCAA Division II national tournament game. The previous record was 215 combined points in 2013 when Owens CC beat Monroe College 113-102.

The 116 points by Cape Fear also set a single-game record at the national tournament. The previous high-water mark was 113 by Illinois Central against Kalamazoo Valley in 2002.

The 105 points by NIACC was the most ever by a NIACC women's team at the national tournament. The old mark was in 1975 when the Lady Trojans topped Prince George's CC out of Maryland 102-41 in the opening round of the national tournament.

Freshman Jada Buford led the Lady Trojans with 34 points against Cape Fear. The Lady Trojans also received 21 points and 12 rebounds from Autam Mendez.

Also for the Lady Trojans, Kelcie Hale scored 16 points, Mandy Willems scored 13 points, Tahya Campbell scored 10 points and Alexa Loftus scored nine points.

NIACC last played Pima CC in the Illinois Central holiday tournament in the 2014-15 season with the Lady Trojans winning 94-63.

NIACC's 2018-19 season (28-6 overall)

NIACC 95, Illinois Central 89 (OT)

NIACC 104, Bay College 74

NIACC 111, Marshalltown CC 65

NIACC 126, RCTC 86

Trinity Valley CC 78, NIACC 73

Johnson County CC 82, NIACC 74

NIACC 120, Kalamazoo Valley CC 70

NIACC 117, Bryant & Stratton (Wisconsin) 95

NIACC 79, Northeast CC 68

NIACC 113, Southwestern 92

NIACC 77, Bryant & Stratton (Wisconsin) 70

Illinois Central 84, NIACC 77

NIACC 88, Parkland College 76

NIACC 79, Iowa Central 62

Iowa Western 85, NIACC 56

NIACC 110, DMACC 85

Kirkwood 77, NIACC 71

NIACC 102, Southeastern 69

NIACC 116, Little Priest Tribal College 69

NIACC 119, Ellsworth 54

NIACC 99, Iowa Lakes 70

NIACC 107, Southwestern 72

NIACC 74, Iowa Central 63

NIACC 68, Kirkwood 62

NIACC 101, Little Priest Tribal College 66

NIACC 98, Iowa Lakes 74

NIACC 131, Ellsworth 56

NIACC 88, DMACC 78

NIACC 92, Southeastern 61

NJCAA Region XI tournament

NIACC 94, Little Priest Tribal College 56

NIACC 88, Iowa Central 49

NIACC 77, Kirkwood 70

NJCAA Division II national tournament

NIACC 90, Wayne County CC 74

Cape Fear College 116, NIACC 105

THE LAST TIME NIACC ....

Scored 100 points: 105 vs. Cape Fear College (3-20-19) - NJCAA Division II national tournament

Had 15 3-point goals: 15 vs. vs. Wayne County CC (3-19-19) - NJCAA Division II national tournament

Had 50 rebounds: 72 vs. Little Priest Tribal College (3-6-19)

Had 20 assists: 23 vs. Iowa Central (3-9-19)

Had 15 steals: 17 vs. Wayne County CC (3-19-19) - NJCAA Division II national tournament

Beat a rated team: No. 2 NIACC 77, No. 4 Kirkwood 70 (3-10-19)

THE LAST TIME A LADY TROJAN HAD ...

50 points: 51, Trudy Peterson vs. Kennedy King College (11-21-15)

40 points: 45, Mandy Willems vs. Southeastern (3-2-19)

30 points: 34, Jada Buford vs. Cape Fear College (3-20-19) - NJCAA Division II national tournament

10 3-point goals: 13, Mandy Willems vs. Southeastern (3-2-19)

5 3-point goals: 5, Jada Buford vs. Cape Fear College (3-20-19) - NJCAA Division II national tournament

10 rebounds: 12, Autam Mendez vs. Cape Fear College (3-20-19) - NJCAA Division II national tournament

15 rebounds: 16, Autam Mendez vs. Little Priest Tribal College (3-6-19)

10 assists: 10, Kelsie Willert vs. DMACC (2-24-18)

10 steals: 11, Jada Buford vs. Marshalltown CC (11-9-18)

5 steals: 6, Autam Mendez vs. DMACC (2-28-19)

10 blocks: 10, Anna Eckert vs. DMACC (3-5-16)

Double/double: Autam Mendez 21 points/12 rebounds vs. Cape Fear College (3-20-19) - NJCAA Division II national tournament

NJCAA Divison II results
March 19, 2019 NJCAA Divison II results
No. 10 NIACC rolls, 120-71
November 24, 2018 No. 10 NIACC rolls, 120-71