Jones

  • Tournament seed: 1
  • District/Region: Gulf/XXIII
  • Nickname: Lady Bobcats
  • Head coach: Missy Bilderback
  • 2020-21 Record/Finish: 20-0, 13-0 (first place Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges South Division)

Top players:

  • G Daisha Bradford (17.7 ppg., 6.9 rpg., 4.6 apg.)
  • G JaKayla Johnson (15.8 ppg., 5.6 rpg., 3.1 apg.)
  • G Jayla Alexander (12.9 ppg., 3.9 apg.)

About the Lady Bobcats: Jones College is making its fourth appearance in the national championships. The Lady Bobcats were the No. 8 seed for last year’s tournament before it was canceled … Head coach Missy Bilderback is in just her fifth season at the helm of Jones, leading the Lady Bobcats to 127 wins over the last four seasons and a 70-6 mark in MACJC South Division play … Jones won its opening-round game of the 2019 tournament before falling to eventual national runner-up New Mexico Junior College … The Bobcats come into the tournament on a 23-game winning streak.


Trinity Valley Community College

  • Tournament seed: 2
  • District/Region: Mid-South/XIV
  • Nickname: Lady Cardinals
  • Head coach: Precious Ivy
  • 2020-21 Record/Finish: 19-2, 13-2 (first place NJCAA Region XIV)

Top players:

  • G Kaye Clark (14.7 ppg., 5.7 rpg., 4.6 apg.)
  • G Mailyn Wilkerson (13.0 ppg., 2.3 apg., 1.8 spg.)
  • C Mahoganie Williams (12.6 ppg., 7.7 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 25th national tournament appearance, where it is 69-20 and has played in seven of the last eight title games … Head coach Precious Ivy is in her first year as the full-time head coach, taking over in January of 2020 as interim head coach after Gerald Ewing announced his resignation due to personal reasons.


Chipola

  • Tournament seed: 3
  • District/Region: South Atlantic/VIII
  • Nickname: Lady Indians
  • Head coach: Greg Franklin
  • 2020-21 Record/Finish: 18-4, 12-4 (second place FCSAA Panhandle Conference)

Top players:

  • G De’Myla Brown (20.0 ppg., 3.3 rpg., 2.3 spg.)
  • G/F Isadora Sousa (14.0 ppg., 5.6 rpg., 4.9 apg.)
  • G Jordan McLaughlin (11.6 ppg., 4.3 rpg., 4.6 apg.)

About the Lady Indians: The 2015 national champions are back in the tournament for the first time since 2017 … Chipola is putting it together at the right time, entering the FCSAA tournament as the No. 2 seed from the Panhandle Conference then beating perennial power Gulf Coast State in the tournament finals … Chipola and Gulf Coast met five times this season, with Chipola winning all five times …  The Lady Indians spent most of the year ranked in the top 10, finishing the regular season No. 6.


South Plains

  • Tournament seed: 4
  • District/Region: Southwest/V
  • Nickname: Lady Texans
  • Head coach: Ara Baten
  • 2020-21 Record/Finish: 19-3, 13-2 (first place Western Junior College Athletic Conference)

Top players:

  • F Debora Reis (14.0 ppg., 13.0 rpg., 1.5 apg.)
  • G Jordan Brown (9.6 ppg., 3.8 rpg., 2.2 apg.)
  • G Grace Hunter (9.2 ppg., 3.6 rpg., 3.5 apg.)

About the Lady Texans: The Lady Texans are in the national tournament for the fourth time in the last five years but the first time under head coach Ara Baten, who was hired from WJCAC rival Odessa after former coach Cayla Petree left to take over at Gulf Coast State … The Lady Texans were bounced in the quarterfinals of the 2019 tournament by eventual champion Gulf Coast State. … South Plains relies heavily on its defense, which ranks ninth nationally at 54.3 points per game allowed.


Northwest Florida State

  • Tournament seed: 5
  • District/Region: South Atlantic/VIII
  • Nickname: Raiders
  • Head coach: Bart Walker
  • 2020-21 Record/Finish: 20-2, 15-1 (first place FCSAA Panhandle Conference)

Top players:

  • F Chanaya Pinto (14.4 ppg., 8.5 rpg., 3.0 apg.)
  • F Last-Tear Poa 12.4 ppg., 2.8 rpg., 2.5 apg.)
  • G Masengo Mutanda (11.4 ppg., 4.1 rpg., 1.6 apg.)

About the Raiders: The Raiders are in the national tournament for the fifth time in six years despite falling in the Region VIII tournament semifinals to Gulf Coast State … Northwest Florida State was the No. 3 overall seed in the 2020 tournament before the COVID pandemic canceled the tournament … The Raiders captured their seventh Panhandle Conference championship, their third straight and fourth title in the last nine seasons … Northwest Florida State is an outstanding defensive team, allowing just 48.5 points per game this season, tops in the nation.


South Georgia Technical

  • Tournament seed: 6
  • District/Region: Southeast/X, XVII
  • Nickname: Lady Jets
  • Head coach: James Frey
  • 2020-21 Record/Finish: 22-3, 13-2 (second place Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association)

Top players:

  • G Veronica Charles (12.3 ppg., 4.9 rpg., 2.6 apg.)
  • G Moe Shida (11.9 ppg., 3.6 rpg., 4.2 apg.)
  • F Imani McNeal (10.5 ppg., 4.8 rpg., 2.4 apg.)

About the Lady Jets: The Lady Jets are in the national championships for the seventh time in eight years. This is the school’s seventh appearance in nationals overall (2010, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2020, 2021), even though the 2020 tournament was canceled … Normally one of the highest scoring teams in the country, South Georgia Tech is getting it done on defense, allowing just 57.8 points per game while averaging 77.3 points per game on offense.


Shelton State Community College

  • Tournament seed: 7
  • District/Region: South/XXII
  • Nickname: Lady Buccaneers
  • Head coach: Madonna Thompson
  • 2020-21 Record/Finish: 20-4. 11-0 (first place Alabama Community College Conference North Division)

Top players:

  • G Kirby DeBoard (15.0 ppg., 4.0 rpg., 1.4 spg.)
  • C Thaniya Marks (10.9 ppg., 5.5 rpg.)
  • G Taylor Smith (9.8 ppg., 3.6 apg., 1.3 apg.)

About the Lady Buccaneers: Shelton State comes into the national tournament with its 14th conference title since 2006, having beaten Chattahoochee State in the regional finals … Two years ago, the Lady Buccaneers made an uncharacteristically early exit, earning a first-round bye as the No. 3 seed then losing to Trinity Valley in the second round, its second straight tournament loss to the Lady Cardinals … Shelton State has one of the top offenses of any team in the tournament, averaging 80.8 points per game.


Casper

  • Tournament seed: 8
  • District/Region: Northwest Plains/IX
  • Nickname: Thunderbirds
  • Head coach: Dwight Gunnare
  • 2020-21 Record/Finish: 22-1, 14-0 (first place NJCAA Region IX-North Division)

Top players:

  • G/F Kobe King-Hawea (15.5 ppg., 6.4 rpg., 2.7 apg.)
  • G Natalia Otkhmezuri (14.9 ppg., 3.3 rpg., 2.8 apg.)
  • G/F Joseana Vaz (9.7 rpg., 5.9 rpg.)

About the Cougars: In his 13th season as head coach at Casper College, head coach Dwight Gunnare leads the Thunderbirds into the national tournament for his fifth time. Casper, which was the No. 13 seed a year ago before the tournament was canceled, finished fourth in 2010 and ninth in 2011 … The Thunderbirds come into the national tournament as an at-large team after being upset by Otero Junior College in the Region IX North Division tournament title game … Casper plays very solid defense, allowing just 55.1 points per game.


Three Rivers Community College

  • Tournament seed: 9
  • District/Region: Central/XI, XVI
  • Nickname: Raiders
  • Head coach: Alex Wiggs
  • 2020-21 Record/Finish: 21-0, 13-0 (first place Missouri Community College Athletic Conference)

Top players:

  • G Chaylea Mosby (1500 ppg., 6.1 rpg., 3.3 apg.)
  • G Myia Yelder (14.2 ppg., 4.5 rpg., 4.5 apg.)
  • G Hya Haywood (11.5 ppg., 2.5 rpg., 2.5 apg.)

About the Raiders: Three Rivers is making just its second appearance in the national tournament since 2004 after earning its second Region XVI championship in 15 years with a win over Moberly Area … Three Rivers head coach Alex Wiggs, an assistant coach who took after Jeff Walk retired following the 2019-20 season, has the Raiders back in the national tournament for the second time in three years … The Raiders are the No. 2 team in the nation in both scoring offense (85.8 ppg.) and defense (49.8 ppg.) … The Raiders were the No. 24 seed in 2019.


Wabash Valley

  • Tournament seed: 10
  • District/Region: Midwest/XI, XVI
  • Nickname: Lady Warriors
  • Head coach: Luke Scheidecker
  • 2020-21 Record/Finish: 20-3, 15-0 (first place Great Rivers Athletic Conference)

Top players:

  • G Je’Naiya Davis (18.5 ppg., 3.4 rpg., 3.1 apg.)
  • F Jazmyn Turner (16.1 ppg., 9.7 rpg., 2.1 apg.)
  • F Kiarah Carney (9.2 ppg., 3.6 apg, 1.4 spg.)

About the Lady Warriors: The Lady Warriors are on their third coach in three years coming into the tournament, but it’s a familiar face leading the team. Luke Scheidecker returns to Wabash after two years as an assistant at Indiana State. He was previously the Lady Warriors’ head coach from 2016 to 2018. Scheidecker had led his team to the national tournament in all three years he has served as head coach …Wabash ranks in the top 10 in the country in scoring, averaging 83.0 points per game.


Tyler Junior College

  • Tournament seed: 11
  • District/Region: Mid-South/XIV
  • Nickname: Apaches
  • Head coach: Trenia Tillis-Hoard
  • 2020-21 Record/Finish: 20-4, 13-3 (second place NJCAA Region XIV)

Top players:

About the Apaches: The Apaches are in the national tournament for the fourth time in five years, beating perennial tournament team Salt Lake Community College in the opening round in 2019 before losing to Odessa College … The Apaches were the No. 2 seed in the Mid-South District tournament but were upset in the semifinals by No. 3 seed Blinn … 21st-year head coach Trenia Tillis-Hoard is a member of the Stephen F. Austin basketball Hall of Fame.


Butler Community College

  • Tournament seed: 12
  • District/Region: Plains/VI
  • Nickname: Grizzlies
  • Head coach: Mike Helmer
  • 2020-21 Record/Finish: 20-3, 18-2 (first place Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference East Division)

Top players:

  • G Skyla Knight (14.6 ppg., 3.7 rpg., 2.9 apg.)
  • C/F Tamara Nard (12.8 ppg., 7.7 rpg.)
  • F Paris Mullins (10.2 ppg., 5.7 rpg.)

About the Grizzlies: Head coach Mike Helmer brings the Grizzlies to Lubbock for the third time and to the national tournament for the fourth time in seven years, finishing as high as the elite eight. Butler won the East Division for the third straight year, the first time that has been accomplished in school history … The Grizzlies, however, suffered their first loss in the Region VI tournament since 2018 with a loss to Barton in the semifinals, making it to the national tournament as an at-large selection.


Georgia Highlands

  • Tournament seed: 13
  • District/Region: Southeast/XVII
  • Nickname: Lady Chargers
  • Head coach: Brandan Harrell
  • 2020-21 Record/Finish: 20-3, 14-1 (first place Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association)

Top players:

About the Lady Chargers: Georgia Highlands is back in the national tournament for the first time since 2016, the first year it was held in Lubbock. The Lady Chargers are an at-large team after falling to South Georgia Tech in the finals of the Region 17 tournament, entering as the No. 1 seed … In their last appearance in the national tournament in 2016, the Lady Chargers lost to eventual champion Gulf Coast State … Georgia Highlands ranks No. 15 in the nation in scoring at 81.0 points per game.


Moberly Area Community College

  • Tournament seed: 14
  • District/Region: Central/XI, XVI
  • Nickname: Lady Greyhounds
  • Head coach: Hana Haden
  • 2020-21 Record/Finish: 18-5, 10-3 (second place Missouri Community College Athletic Conference)

Top players:

  • G Bryce Dowell (13.4 ppg., 1.0 spg, 1.5 rpg.)
  • F NJ Weems (12.1 ppg., 5.9 rpg., 1.6 apg.)
  • F B’Aunce Carter (10.4 ppg., 5.8 rpg.)

About the Lady Greyhounds: Moberly Area is making its 16th national tournament appearance but only its third since 2005, when it finished seventh … The Lady Greyhounds were the No. 3 overall seed in the 2018 tournament but fell to Northwest Florida State in the opening round, and were the No. 16 seed last year before the tournament was canceled … Moberly Area captured the 1982 national championship but has not finished better than third since.


Gulf Coast State

  • Tournament seed: 15
  • District/Region: South Atlantic/VIII
  • Nickname: Commodores
  • Head coach: Cayla Petree
  • 2020-21 Record/Finish: 12-9, 8-8 (third place FCSAA Panhandle Conference)

Top players:

  • G Nia Daniel (22.8 ppg., 7.2 rpg., 1.5 apg.)
  • G Sarah Matthews (10.7 ppg., 4.1 rpg., 1.0 apg.)
  • F Tatiana Jones (9.3 ppg., 7.1 rpg., 1.6 apg.)

About the Commodores: The defending national champions (from 2019) are looking for back-to-back titles and their fifth since 2016. Gulf Coast State also has won the crown in 2003, 2008, 2010, 2016, 2017 and 2019 … This time, however, Gulf Coast comes into the national tournament as an at-large seed and under new leadership. Longtime head coach Roonie Scovel retired after the 2018-19 season and was replaced by Cayla Petree, who led South Plains College to a No. 2 seed in the 2019 national tournament.


Western Nebraska Community College

  • Tournament seed: 16
  • District/Region: Northwest Plains/IX
  • Nickname: Lions
  • Head coach: Chad Gibney
  • 2020-21 Record/Finish: 15-5, 10-3 (second place NJCAA Region IX-South Division)

Top players:

  • G Alejah Douglas (18.4 ppg., 3.8 rpg., 5.0 apg.)
  • C Lidsey Mahoukou (13.3 ppg., 6.1 rpg., 1.8 spg.)
  • G Ky Buell (11.2 ppg., 4.2 rpg., 3.9 apg.)

About the Cougars: In his fourth full season at the helm of Western Nebraska, head coach Chad Gibney has the Cougars back in the national tournament for the fifth straight year, but this time as an at-large team after falling to Casper College in the title game of the Northwest Plains District tournament … Western Nebraska has one of the top offenses of the 24 teams in the tournament, averaging 83.8 points per game.


Iowa Western Community College

  • Tournament seed: 17
  • District/Region: North Central/XI
  • Nickname: Reivers
  • Head coach: Lindsey Vande Hoef
  • 2020-21 Record/Finish: 22-2, 19-1 (tied first place Iowa Community College Athletic Conference)

Top players:

  • G Gabriella Smith (15.7 ppg., 6.6 rpg., 2.6 apg.)
  • G Hayley Berfield (11.3 ppg., 2.8 apg., 2.0 spg.)
  • C Isnelle Natabou (9.4 ppg., 5.0 rpg.)

About the Reivers: Iowa Western is back in the national tournament after a three-year absence, last qualifying in 2017. Head coach Lindsey Vande Hoef is in her sixth year at the helm of the Reivers and has the school in the national tournament for the eighth time in school history … Iowa Western has finished as high as fifth at the national tournament, doing that twice (2002, 2015) … The defensive-minded Reivers allow just 52.8 points per game, which ranks sixth nationally.


Miles Community College

  • Tournament seed: 18
  • District/Region: North/XIII
  • Nickname: Pioneers
  • Head coach: Taylor Harris
  • 2020-21 Record/Finish: 23-1, 20-1 (first place MonDak Athletic Conference)

Top players:

  • F Rebekah Dallinger (25.3 ppg., 2.6 rpg)
  • F Lili Long (15.3 ppg., 7.3 rpg., 2.3 apg.)
  • G Jana Conejero (11.4 ppg., 4.2 rpg., 3.7 apg.)

About the Pioneers: Just days after leading Miles back to Region 13 championship, Miles head coach Taylor Harris accepted the head coaching position at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. The Pioneers will be led at the national tournament by assistant coach Ashlie Larson … Miles just finished its third season in the MonDak Conference after moving from Region IX to Region XIII after the 2017-18 season … This is the fifth appearance in the national tournament in school history … Miles claimed the Region 13 title by routing Dawson College in the finals.


Eastern Arizona

  • Tournament seed: 19
  • District/ Region: West/I
  • Nickname: Gila Monsters
  • Head coach: Cameron Turner
  • 2020-21 Record/Finish: 16-2, 8-2 (first place Arizona Community College Athletic Conference)

Top players:

  • F Catarina Ferriera (13.0 ppg., 5.7 rpg., 2.4 apg.)
  • F Ajae Yoakum (9.9 ppg., 4.6 rpg.)
  • G Susi Namoa (9.7 ppg., 2.4 apg., 1.4 spg.)

About the Gila Monsters: Eastern Arizona makes its first national tournament appearance since 2016, when the Gila Monsters lost in the second round to eventual semifinalist Shelton State … The Gila Monsters defeated Western Arizona in the Arizona Community College Athletic Conference title game … Despite playing just 18 games, the Gila Monsters rank in the top 30 in the country in scoring, averaging 75.2 points per game, and in the top 20 in defense, allowing 56.2 points per game.


College of Southern Idaho

  • Tournament seed: 20
  • District/Region: Rocky Mountain/XVIII
  • Nickname: Golden Eagles
  • Head coach: Randy Rogers
  • 2020-21 Record/Finish: 19-5, 11-4 (third place, Scenic West Athletic Conference)

Top players:

  • G Kaitlin Burgess (13.6 ppg., 40 rpg, 2.7 apg.)
  • G Karmelah Dean 11.5 ppg., 2.7 rpg., 3.0 apg.)
  • C Jordan Todd (9.7 ppg., 6.9 rpg.; 1.1 apg.)

About the Golden Eagles: For the first time since the tournament was first held in Lubbock, the Golden Eagles are back in the national tournament, ousting Snow College to win the Region 18 Championship, the 10 regional title in the program’s history … CSI lost in the quarterfinals to New Mexico Junior College in the tournament in 2016 … Southern Idaho allows just 56.2 points per game defensively, which ranks tied for 16th nationally.


Otero Junior College

  • Tournament seed: 21
  • District/Region: Northwest Plains/IX
  • Nickname: Rattlers
  • Head coach: Landon Steele
  • 2020-21 Record/Finish: 17-3, 9-1 (first place NJCAA Region IX-South Division)

Top players:

  • F Emma Florez-Pascual (11.3 ppg., 7.7 rpg., 1.7 apg.)
  • G Krystina Hagood (10.2 ppg., 2.7 rpg., 1.0 apg.)
  • G Sophie Abela (8.9 ppg., 3.1 rpg., 2.3 apg.)

About the Rattlers: Welcome another newcomer to Lubbock as the Rattlers have qualified for the national tournament for the first time since 2012 … Otero earned the automatic berth to the national tournament by outlasting No. 3-ranked Casper College in the finals of the regional tournament … It is a homecoming, of sorts, for head coach Landon Steele, who returns to West Texas after serving as an assistant for a year at South Plains College in Levelland.


Walters State Community College

  • Tournament seed: 22
  • District/Region: Appalachian/VII
  • Nickname: Lady Senators
  • Head coach: Jasmin Coleman
  • 2020-21 Record/Finish: 13-3, 9-3 (second place Tennessee Community College Athletic Association)

Top players:

  • G Blayre Shultz (19.1 ppg., 2.9 apg., 2.8 spg.)
  • F Madison McCoy (11.9 ppg., 4.1 rpg.)
  • F Quentarra Mitchell (11.2 ppg., 7.4 rpg.)

About the Lady Senators: Walters State is making an appearance in the national championships for the 17th time in school history, including 12 of the last 14 seasons and two of the last three after missing in 2020 … Jasmin Coleman serves as the Lady Senators’ interim head coach after legendary head coach Dave Kragel retired in April of last year … The Lady Senators lost in the 2019 quarterfinals to perennial power Gulf Coast State, and fell in the quarterfinals in 2019 to national finalist Trinity Valley.


Independence Community College

  • Tournament seed: 23
  • District/Region: Plains/VI
  • Nickname: Lady Pirates
  • Head coach:
  • 2020-21 Record/Finish: 20-6, 16-6 (second place Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference East Division)

Top players:

  • C/F Rapuluchi Favor Ayodele Ngorka (11.1 ppg., 11.9 rpg., 2.4 spg.)
  • G Delani Harris (10.7 ppg., 5.0 rpg., 2.4 apg.)
  • G Maisa Marcal (10.5 ppg., 4.7 rpg., 3.6 apg.)

About the Lady Pirates: Another team that is in the tournament for the first time in a long time, Independence Community College qualifies for the first time since 1996 and only the fourth time in school history … ICC earned the automatic berth with a 67-61 win over West Division No. 2 seed Barton Community College in the Region VI title game … The ICC football team was the subject of seasons three and four of the Netflix special Last Chance U.


Eastern Oklahoma State

  • Tournament seed: 24
  • District/Region: South Central/II
  • Nickname: Mountaineers
  • Head coach: Al Davis
  • 2020-21 Record/Finish: 1804, 13-3 (tied first place Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference)

Top players:

  • G Brayanna Polk (15.0 ppg., 3.6 rpg., 3.1 apg.)
  • G Tijanae Simmons (14.8 ppg., 4.6 rpg., 2.0 apg.)
  • G Shanequa Henry (13.0 ppg., 5.2 rpg., 4.5 apg.)

About the Mountaineers: Potentially the biggest Cinderella of the 2021 field, the Mountaineers are making their first NJCAA national tournament appearance since 2001, which was their only previous appearance … EOSC tied with Seminole State College for first place in conference, then beat Seminole in the conference tournament finals … Head coach Al Davis is in just his second year leading the program at Eastern Oklahoma … EOSC has the top offense in the country, averaging 86.7 points per game.