NIACC falls to Pima CC in consy round, 110-90

NIACC's Autam Mendez drives to the basket in Thursday's national tournament game against Pima CC.
NIACC's Autam Mendez drives to the basket in Thursday's national tournament game against Pima CC.

HARRISON, Ark. - The NIACC women's basketball team dropped a 110-90 decision to Pima CC in the consolation round at the NJCAA Division II national tournament on Thursday on the North Arkansas College campus.

Pima CC (23-12) advanced to Saturday's 2 p.m. fifth-place game.

Pima CC was led by Shauna Bribiescas with 25 points. Next in line for the Aztecs was Hallie Lawson with 22 points.

NIACC (28-7) was led by freshman Autam Mendez with 25 points. Freshman Jada Buford scored 22 points and freshman Mandy Willems scored 16 points.

The 28 wins by the Lady Trojans is the most since they placed third at the 2014 national tournament and accumulated a record of 34-3.

In Thursday's season finale for the Lady Trojans, Mendez grabbed seven rebounds with two steals and one assist. Willems collected six rebounds, three assists and three steals.

Willems was 5 of 11 from 3-point range and finished the tournament with 15 3-point goals. The 15 3-point goals sets the NJCAA Division II national tournament record in the four-game tournament format.

Willems made eight 3-point goals in the tournament opener against Wayne County CC and made two 3-pointers in the quarterfinals against Cape Fear College.

The old mark of 14 was held by NIACC's Trudy Peterson (2016) and Pima's Taylor Blue (2016).

Willems finished her freshman campaign with 843 points, which set the school's all-time single season record. The old mark was 833 by Chelsey Jacox in the 2013-14 season.

NIACC's 2018-19 season (28-7 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

Pima CC 110, NIACC 90

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, Mandy Willems vs. Pima CC (3-21-19) - 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
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