Wabash Valley College

  • Tournament seed: 1
  • District: P
  • Nickname: Lady Warriors
  • Head coach: Jack Trosper
  • 2018-19 Record/Finish: 31-0, 18-0 (first place Great Rivers Athletic Conference)

Top players:

  • G Keya Patton (13.0 ppg., 3.7 apg.)
  • G Dazha Congleton (12.6 ppg., 6.0 rpg.)
  • G Alexis Thomas (12.0 ppg., 3.9 rpg.)

About the Lady Warriors: First-year head coach Jack Trosper leads Wabash Valley back to the national tournament for the second straight year after serving as an assistant last season. The Lady Warriors come into the tournament as the No. 1 ranked team after ascending to the top of the NJCAA polls in mid-February ,,, Wabash Valley is the most offensive team in the country, averaging 99.0 points per game with five players averaging double figures, and second in defensive scoring at 50.0 points per game.

 

Gulf Coast State College

  • Tournament seed: 2
  • District: H
  • Nickname: Commodores
  • Head coach: Roonie Scovel
  • 2018-19 Record/Finish: 23-5, 8-4 (tied first place FCSAA Panhandle Conference)

Top players:

  • G Brittany Davis (16.7 ppg., 4.4 rpg.)
  • F Alexus Dye (15.0 ppg., 8.8 rpg.)
  • F Naomi Mbandu (8.8 ppg., 3.5 rpg.)

About the Commodores: The 2016 and 2017 national champions are looking to return to the top and capture the school’s sixth women’s national championship after coming up short last season, finishing fourth. Gulf Coast State also has won the crown in 2003, 2008 and 2010 … Head coach Ronnie Scovel is an impressive 592-80 in 21 seasons leading the Commodores ,,, The Lady Commodores dropped two of their final four games in the regular season before reeling off three straight regional tournament wins.

 

Shelton State College

  • Tournament seed: 3
  • District: N
  • Nickname: Lady Buccaneers
  • Head coach: Madonna Thompson
  • 2018-19 Record/Finish: 29-3, 10-0 (first place Alabama Community College Conference)

Top players:

  • G Tiyah Johnson (18.0 ppg., 3.3 rpg.)
  • PG Ataiya Bridges (14.0 ppg., 6.0 apg.)
  • G LaTascya Duff (13.6 ppg., 4.0 rpg.)

About the Lady Buccaneers: Shelton State comes into the national tournament with its 12th conference title since 2006, having beaten Chattahoochee Valley in the regional finals for the second straight year. Last season the Lady Buccaneers finished in third place for the second straight year, falling to Trinity Valley in the semifinals before beating Gulf Coast State to end the tournament. Sophomore point guard Ataiya Bridges is the catalyst for the Lady Bucs, averaging 14 points and six assists per game.

 

Angelina College

  • Tournament seed: 4
  • District: L
  • Nickname: Lady Roadrunners
  • Head coach: Byron Coleman
  • 2018-19 Record/Finish: 29-4, 16-3 (tied second place NJCAA Region XIV)

Top players:

  • C Natasha Mack (23.8 ppg., 11.6 rpg.)
  • G Mia Williams (11.1 ppg., 3.8 apg.)
  • F Mia Perkins (10.0 ppg., 8,7 rpg.)

About the Lady Thunderbirds: It’s history in the making for the Lady Roadrunners, who are making the first trip to the national tournament in school history after defeating Tyler Junior College in the Region XIV title game … Head coach Byron Coleman is synonymous with Angelina women’s basketball, completing his 14th season as the head coach of the program and compiling a 248-159 record after serving seven years as an assistant … This is the fourth straight year Angelina has won at least 20 games.

 

Odessa College

  • Tournament seed: 5
  • District: E
  • Nickname: Lady Wranglers
  • Head coach: Ara Baten
  • 2018-19 Record/Finish: 23-7, 10-4 (third place Western Junior College Athletic Conference)

Top players:

  • G Kamryn Lemon (15.8 ppg., 3.8 apg.)
  • G/F Julan McDonald (9.0 ppg., 7.2 rpg.)
  • G/F Amanda Soderqvist (7.2 ppg., 2.6 rpg.)

About the Lady Wranglers: Odessa College enters the national tournament fresh off its second straight Region V championship, proving once again that a nice tournament run can propel you to the national tournament … The Lady Wranglers reached the elite eighth two years ago and lost to eventual third-place team Shelton State last season … Odessa boasts a defense that ranks in the top 10 in opponent points per game (52.9), opponent field goal percentage (32.7) and opponent 3-point field goal percentage (25.1).

 

Butler Community College

  • Tournament seed: 6
  • District: F
  • Nickname: Grizzlies
  • Head coach: Mike Helmer
  • 2017-18 Record/Finish: 28-4, 19-4 (first place Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference East Division)

Top players:

  • G Jalise Smallwood (10.8 ppg., 4.1 rpg.)
  • F Kyla Callins (10.4 ppg., 7.8 rpg.)
  • F Criste’On Waters (10.4 ppg., 7.1 rpg.)

About the Grizzlies: Head coach Mike Helmer brings the Grizzlies to Lubbock for the first time and the national tournament for the first time since the program’s first appearance in 2014 when they reached the elite eight. The Grizzlies topped traditional powers Seward County and Hutchinson Community College in the finals and semifinals, respectively, of the Region VI tournament … The 28 wins this season mark the third highest total in school history, behind only the 34-3 run in 2013-14 and 30-4 mark in 1992-93.

 

Seward County Community College

  • Tournament seed: 7
  • Region: VI
  • Nickname: Saints
  • Head coach: Austin Mefford
  • 2018-19 Record/Finish: 30-3, 22-2 (first place Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference West Division)

Top players:

  • G Silvia Veloso (13.6 ppg., 3.6 apg.)
  • G Lexi Hernandez (13.2 ppg., 3.2 apg.)
  • C Carla Covane (12.1 ppg., 8.8 rpg.)

About the Saints: The Saints are in the national tournament for the fourth time in the last five years and eighth time overall, but the first under head coach Austin Mefford. Mefford took over for long time coach Toby Wynn after last season. Mefford is no stranger to the national tournament, having served the last five seasons as an assistant coach at Gulf Coast State College in Florida, helping lead the Commodores to the national title in 2016 and 2017 … Seward last won a national title in 2002 and finished third in 2007.

 

New Mexico Junior College

  • Tournament seed: 8
  • Region: V
  • Nickname: Lady Thunderbirds
  • Head coach: Drew Sanders
  • 2018-19 Record/Finish: 26-5, 12-2 (tied first place Western Junior College Athletic Conference)

Top players:

  • G Thamires Andrade (13.6 ppg., 5.6 rpg.)
  • C Eternati Willock (12.2 ppg., 7.0 rpg.)
  • F Sydnee Wynn (12.0 ppg., 9.0 rpg.)

About the Lady Thunderbirds: The Lady Thunderbirds enter the national tournament as an at-large team after falling in the Region V finals to Odessa College for the second straight year … NMJC is making its sixth trip to the national tournament in 12 seasons under Drew Sanders and seventh appearance in school history … NMJC ranks fifth in the nation in field goal percentage (47.8) and opponent field goal percentage (31.9).

 

Jones County Junior College

  • Tournament seed: 9
  • District: O
  • Nickname: Lady Bobcats
  • Head coach: Missy Bilderback
  • 2017-18 Record/Finish: 27-2, 13-1 (first place Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges)

Top players:

  • G Keyara Jones (15.1 ppg., 2.6 rpg.)
  • G Destiny Hamer (11.7 ppg., 3.5 apg.)
  • G Breonca Ducksworth (9.7 ppg., 4.9 apg.)

About the Lady Bobcats: Jones County is making its third appearance in the national championships … Head coach Missy Bilderback is in just her fourth season at the helm of Jones County, leading the Lady Bobcats to 83 wins over the last three seasons … Jones County lost its opening-round game of last year’s tournament to eventual national runner-up Trinity Valley … Of Jones County’s two losses, one came to traditional power Shelton State … The Lady Bobcats rank second in the nation in blocks per game at 6.4.

 

South Plains College

  • Tournament seed: 10
  • Region: V
  • Nickname: Lady Texans
  • Head coach: Cayla Petree
  • 2018-19 Record/Finish: 28-4, 12-2 (tied first place Western Junior College Athletic Conference)

Top players:

  • F Keke Hunter (14.9 ppg., 10.3 rpg.)
  • G Gabbie Green (14.8 ppg., 3.8 apg.)
  • F Sarah Shematsi (13.3 ppg., 5.1 rpg.)

About the Lady Texans: In just her fourth season at the helm of the Lady Texans, Cayla Petree has the team in the national tournament for the second time in three years … SPC spent much of the season ranked in the top 10 and at one point ascended to No. 1 after winning 22 straight but struggled down the stretch, losing three of six to end the season, falling to Region V champion Odessa College in the regional tournament semifinals … SPC’s only non-conference loss was to Seward County.

 

Northwest Florida State

  • Tournament seed: 11
  • Region: VIII
  • Nickname: Raiders
  • Head coach: Bart Walker
  • 2018-19 Record/Finish: 24-5, 8-4 (tied first place FCSAA Panhandle Conference)

Top players:

  • G/F Cece Mayo (12.1 ppg., 4.3 rpg.)
  • G Georgia Gayle (11.8 ppg., 4.4 rpg.)
  • G Shania Meertens (10.5 ppg., 3.0 apg.)

About the Raiders: The Raiders are back in the national tournament for the third time in four years after missing out in 2017… After missing the Region VIII tournament a year ago, the Raiders fell to Gulf Coast State in the regional title game this year … Northwest Florida State finished ranked No. 11 in the final NJCAA top 25 poll, strong enough to earn an at-large bid … The Raiders rank third in the nation in field goal percentage at 48.3

 

Tyler Junior College

  • Tournament seed: 12
  • Region: XIV
  • Nickname: Apaches
  • Head coach: Trenia Tillis-Hoard
  • 2018-19 Record/Finish: 28-5, 16-2 (first place NJCAA Region XIV)

Top players:

  • F Felmas Koranga (14.2 ppg., 10.4 rpg.)
  • G Kierra Brimzy (14.1 ppg., 4.0 rpg.)
  • G Te’Aire Hambrick (11.3 ppg., 2.3 apg.)

About the Apaches: The Apaches are in the national tournament for the second time in three years, losing to Waters State College in the opening round in 2017 … The Apaches were the No. 1 seed in the Region XIV tournament but were knocked out in the finals by Angelina College … Head coach Trenia Tillis-Hoard is a member of the Stephen F. Austin basketball Hall of Fame … Tyler can definitely score, ranking 16th in the nation at 81 points per game and eighth in field goals per game at 32.2.

 

Hutchinson Community College

  • Tournament seed: 13
  • Region: VI
  • Nickname: Blue Dragons
  • Head coach: John Ontjes
  • 2018-19 Record/Finish: 30-3, 20-3 (second place Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference West Division)

Top players:

  • F Dejanae Roebuck (15.4 ppg., 7.5 rpg.)
  • F Jada Mickens (11.2 ppg., 6.0 rpg.)
  • G Makayla Vannett (11.1 ppg., 2.4 apg.)

About the Blue Dragons: This will be the ninth appearance in the national tournament for the Blue Dragons, who have finished runner-up three times (2012, 2014 and 2015) … The Blue Dragons lost in the opening round last year to San Jacinto-North … Hutchinson was knocked out of the Region VI tournament in the semifinals by eventual champion Butler Community College on two free throws with 0.6 seconds left … Head coach John Ontjes played at Hutchinson from 1992 to 1993.

 

Trinity Valley Community College

  • Tournament seed: 14
  • Region: XIV
  • Nickname: Lady Cardinals
  • Head coach: Gerald Ewing
  • 2018-19 Record/Finish: 26-4, 15-3 (tied second place NJCAA Region XIV)

Top players:

  • G Curtessia Dean (18.3 ppg., 4.3 rpg.)
  • G Arleighshya McElroy (17.5 ppg., 2.3 apg.)
  • G Jasmine Smith (11.0 ppg., 3.7 rpg.)

About the Lady Cardinals: Trinity Valley returns to the national tournament in search of its ninth national championship and first since winning back-to-back titles in 2012 and 2013 … This will be Trinity Valley’s 23rd national tournament appearance, where it is 66-19 and has played in seven straight title games … In addition to tradition, the Lady Cardinals have plenty of playoff experience coming into the tournament with eight sophomores on the roster.

 

Walters State Community College

  • Tournament seed: 15
  • District: G
  • Nickname: Lady Senators
  • Head coach: Dave Kragel
  • 2018-19 Record/Finish: 28-4, 16-0 (first place Tennessee Community College Athletic Association)

Top players:

  • F Dulcy Fankam Mendjiadeu (15.8 ppg., 9.0 rpg.)
  • G Zacharyia Esmon (15.1 ppg., 2.0 apg.)
  • F Jamya Rogers (9.5 ppg., 5.4 rpg.)

About the Lady Senators: Walters State is making an appearance in the national championships for the eighth straight season and the 16th time in school history, including 12 of the last 13 seasons. The Lady Senators fell in the quarterfinals last season to national finalist Trinity Valley … The Lady Senators bring a 17-game winning streak into the national tournament. Three of their four losses have come to traditional tournament teams Shelton State (2) and Northwest Florida State (1).

 

Cochise College

  • Tournament seed: 16
  • District: A
  • Nickname: Apaches
  • Head coach: Laura Hughes
  • 2018-19 Record/Finish: 27-3, 21-1 (first place Arizona Community College Athletic Conference)

Top players:

  • F Awa Keita (14.1 ppg., 7.0 rpg.)
  • C Yemiyah Morris (14.0 ppg., 8.4 rpg.)
  • G Raena Suggs (11.7 ppg., 2.5 apg.)

About the Apaches: Cochise College is making just its fourth NJCAA national championships appearance but its third straight … Head coach Laura Hughes has guided Cochise to a winning record in each of her eight seasons at the helm … The Apaches are on a 19-game winning streak, last losing to South Plains College on the last day of 2018 … Cochise is the top defensive team in the country entering the tournament, allowing a paltry 46.8 points per game just 32 percent shooting from the field.

 

Florida SouthWestern State College

  • Tournament seed: 17
  • Region: VII
  • Nickname: Buccaneers
  • Head coach: Dr. Kristie Ward
  • 2018-19 Record/Finish: 29-3, 9-0 (first place FCSAA Suncoast Conference)

Top players:

  • F Tina Stephens (19.6 ppg., 7.0 rpg.)
  • G Za’Nautica Downs (15.6 ppg., 2.0 apg.)
  • F Shondell Vickers (13.4 ppg., 7.8 rpg.)

About the Buccaneers: Established in 1962 as Edison Junior College, the school became Florida SouthWestern State College in 2014, and the basketball team began play in the 2016-17 season after Edison dropped basketball and volleyball in 1992 … Head coach Kristie Ward has the Bucs in the national tournament for the first time in school history … The Buccaneers earned an at-large berth after falling to traditional power Gulf Coast State in the Region VIII tournament semifinals.

 

Miles Community College

  • Tournament seed: 18
  • District: D
  • Nickname: Pioneers
  • Head coach: Nate Vogel
  • 2017-18 Record/Finish: 33-0, 14-0 (first place MonDak Athletic Conference)

Top players:

  • G Patrycja Jaworska (14.6 ppg., 3.5 apg.)
  • F Bre Moea’I (10.1 ppg., 3.8 rpg.)
  • F Claire Borot (8.9 ppg., 5.0 rpg.)

About the Pioneers: The Pioneers are one of just two undefeated teams in the tournament, with No. 1 Wabash Valley being the other … In just his second season at Miles Community College, head coach Nate Vogel has the Pioneers in the national tournament … Vogel will coach the Under-19 Team USA squad in the United World Games June 17-26 in Klagenfurt, Austria … Miles completed in the MonDak Conference for the first time this year after moving from Region IX to Region XIII.

 

South Georgia Technical College

  • Tournament seed: 19
  • District: J
  • Nickname: Lady Jets
  • Head coach: James Frey
  • 2018-19 Record/Finish: 30-3, 18-0 (first place Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association)

Top players:

  • Alyssa Nieves (15.3 ppg., 2.2 apg.)
  • C Bigue Sarr (11.6 ppg., 8.8 rpg.)
  • F Ricka Jackson (11.1 ppg., 5.8 rpg.)

About the Lady Jets: The Lady Jets are back in the national championships for the fifth time in six years. This is the school’s sixth appearance in nationals overall (2010, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018) … The Lady Jets are a tough-minded defensive team, ranking ninth in the nation in total rebounds per game (45.6) and fourth in steals per game (17.2) while ranking in the top 20 in opponent field goal percentage at 34.2 percent … The Lady Jets haven’t allowed 60 points to an opponent in their last six games.

 

Western Nebraska Community College

  • Tournament seed: 20
  • District: I
  • Nickname: Lions
  • Head coach: Chad Gibney
  • 2018-19 Record/Finish: 29-3, 11-1 (first place NJCAA Region IX-South Division)

Top players:

  • G Merle Wiehl (23.1 ppg., 4.7 rpg.)
  • G Tishara Morehouse (14.9 ppg., 3.7 apg.)
  • G Taylor Joplin (12.7 ppg., 4.5 rpg)

About the Cougars: In his second full season at the helm of Western Nebraska, head coach Chad Gibney has the Cougars back in the national tournament for the third straight year, this time earning the automatic berth from winning the Region IX championship over Casper College after being an at-large team a year ago … Western Nebraska comes into the national tournament winners of 17 straight games … The Lions love to shoot the three, ranking first in the nation in 3-pointers made per game (11.8).

Salt Lake Community College

  • Tournament seed: 21
  • District: M
  • Nickname: Bruins
  • Head coach: Betsy Specketer
  • 2018-19 Record/Finish: 23-5, 9-3 (tied first place Scenic West Athletic Conference)

Top players:

  • F Lauren Gustin (20.8 ppg., 12.5 rpg)
  • C Leichan Williams (14.8 ppg., 6.8 rpg.)
  • G Miki’ala Maio (13.1 ppg., 3.0 apg.)

About the Bruins: This will be the ninth national tournament appearance for the Bruins, all since the 2005-06 season. Last season, the Bruins were bounced in the first round by ASA-Brooklyn … Salt Lake defeated SWAC co-champion Snow College in the Region 18 tournament title game … The Bruins entered the regional tournament after capturing a share of their sixth straight SWAC title … Freshman forward Lauren Gustin leads three Bruins at 20.8 points per game to go with 12.5 rebounds per game.

 

Northern Oklahoma College-Enid

  • Tournament seed: 22
  • District: B
  • Nickname: Jets
  • Head coach: Scott Morris
  • 2018-19 Record/Finish: 23-8, 19-0 (first place Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference)

Top players:

  • F Sarah Griswold (17.6 ppg., 5.8 rpg.)
  • G Kaylee Hurst (12.3 ppg., 3.6 rpg.)
  • G Chelsea Lazenby (11.4 ppg., 4.5 rpg.)

About the Jets: Northern Oklahoma College-Enid finished knocked off traditional power Northeast Oklahoma A&M in the Region II final to qualify for the national tournament for the first time since the 2015-16 season … Northern Oklahoma College-Enid is making its fifth appearance in the national tournament, all of which have come in the last 10 years. This will also be the Jets’ third appearance in the past six seasons … NOC-Enid averages just under 80 points per game, 21st in the nation.

 

Harford Community College

  • Tournament seed: 23
  • District: C
  • Nickname: Fighting Owls
  • Head coach: Michael Seney
  • 2018-19 Record/Finish: 31-1, 12-0 (first place Maryland JUCO Conference)

Top players:

  • F Dahnye Redd (22.3 ppg., 13.9 rpg.)
  • G Janiece Loney (12.5 ppg., 2.9 apg.)
  • G Ayanna Mazyck (10.9 ppg., 6.4 rpg.)

About the Fighting Owls: The Harford Fighting Owls set a new school record with 31 wins while cruising to an unblemished conference championship … Harford’s only loss this season came at the hands of defending national champion Tallahassee Community College … Offense is once again the calling card for the Fighting Owls, ranking second in the nation in scoring at 92.4 points per game while hitting 42.4 percent from the field. Harford also averages 54.5 rebounds per game.

 

Three Rivers Community College

  • Tournament seed: 24
  • District: K
  • Nickname: Raiders
  • Head coach: Jeff Walk
  • 2018-19 Record/Finish: 27-3, 8-0 (first place Missouri Community College Athletic Conference)

Top players:

  • G Hailee Erickson (13.8 ppg., 4.0 apg.)
  • G/F Deanay Watson (13.3 ppg., 8.0 rpg.)
  • G Katelyn South (12.5 ppg., 3.7 rpg.)

About the Raiders: Three Rivers is making its first appearance in the national tournament since 2004 after reeling off 20 consecutive victories and earning its first Region XVI championship in 15 years … Three Rivers head coach Jeff Walk is a member of the Missouri Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame after compiling more than 400 wins between Twin Rivers (Missouri) High School and Three Rivers … The Raiders are a dangerous offensive club, averaging 84.5 points per game.