HARRISON, Ark. - Ty'neecia Longs may not be very tall in stature.
Her listing of 5 feet, 2 inches in the program is proof of that.
But she more than makes up for her lack of height with sheer determination and grit. And it was never more evident than Tuesday at the NJCAA Division II national tournament.
Longs, a freshman from New Hope, Minn., scored eight points, grabbed seven rebounds and collected four steals in 15 minutes, 41 seconds of action to help lift second-seeded NIACC women's basketball team to a 90-74 win over 15th-seeded Wayne County CC.
"TT was awesome at the back of the press," NIACC fifth-year coach Todd Ciochetto said after the win inside the Pioneer Pavilion on the North Arkansas College campus.
She was also awesome grabbing rebounds against much taller opponents and converting layups. Longs, who did not take a shot in the first half, was 3 of 5 from the field and 2 of 2 from the free-throw line in the second half.
NIACC led 40-38 at the half and outscored Wayne County 50-36 in the second 20 minutes to advance to Wednesday's quarterfinals.
"My energy helps everyone with their energy," Longs said. "I'm always positive so it brings positive vibes everywhere we go.
"When I'm positive, it just helps everyone stay positive."
The Lady Trojans face Cape Fear CC (North Carolina) at 8 p.m. Wednesday with a berth in the final four on the line. Seventh-seeded Cape Fear CC stopped Metropolitian CC 91-55 in its tourney opener Wednesday.
Willems connected on eight 3-point goals in the first-round victory and became NIACC's career all-time 3-point leader with 179. She also tied the NJCAA Division II single-game record for 3-point goals in a game with eight.
Willems now has 814 points this season, which ranks second on the school's all-time single season list. She trails Chelsey Jacox, who scored 833 points in the 2013-14 season.
"She should have had 12 or 13 3s," Ciochetto said. "She wouldn't shoot the ball early.
"She was a little nervous but she's the best shooter in the country."
NJCAA Division II women's basketball tournament
Kansas City (Kan.) 82, Chesapeake 56
Pima CC 81, Lake Michigan College 79
Cape Fear CC 91, Metropolitian CC 55
NIACC 90, Wayne County CC 74
6 p.m. - (1) Illinois Central vs. (16) North Platte CC
8 p.m. - (8) South Suburban vs. (9) Union County
Wednesday, March 20
11 a.m. - (4) Moraine Valley vs. (13) Lackawanna
1 p.m. - (5) Niagara County vs. (12) Sinclair
3 p.m. - Chesapeake vs. Lake Michigan
6 p.m. - Kansas City (Kan.) vs. Pima CC
8 p.m. - Cape Fear vs. NIACC
Thursday, March 21
9 a.m. - Metropolitian CC vs. Wayne County CC
NIACC's 2018-19 season (28-5 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 73