Day 2 - NJCAA Women's tournament

March 23, 2001

Day 2 - NJCAA Women's tournament

Upsets reign on Day 2

By JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

A couple of upsets highlighted the second day of the NJCAA Women's Basketball National Championship Tournament on Thursday at the HCC athletic complex.

Unranked Mitchell, New London (Conn.) came through with the biggest upset by knocking off No. 1 ranked Kalamazoo Valley (Mich.), 78-72.

"Kalamazoo played yesterday for 45 minutes," Mitchell coach Cas Grygorcewicz said. "We wanted to press them full court and see how they could handle it. We also wanted to mix up defenses. We used six different defenses today. We made our foul shots at the end, thank goodness."


Mitchell shot 73.7 percent from the foul line by sinking 28 of its 38.

Sarah Craft scored a game-high 24 points for Mitchell, which included a 12-for-17 performance from the foul line. Jayme Gray scored 15 points, LaRhonda Garrett grabbed 13 rebounds and Cherelle Payne added 11 points and seven rebounds for Mitchell.

Danaea Williams collected 23 points and 13 rebounds for Kalamazoo Valley. April Danzy added 12 points and 13 rebounds, while Julie Porter grabbed 11 rebounds for Kalamazoo Valley.

Waldorf 78 Johnson County 72

Waldorf, Forest City (Iowa) also recorded an upset by knocking off the ninth-ranked and defending national champion Johnson County (Kan.).

Point guard Carrie Norman finished with game-high totals of 24 points and nine assists for Waldorf. Krista Van Hauen scored 21 points, while Katie Hemphill added 11 points and 10 rebounds.

Lynsay Gallagher led Johnson County with 14 points.

Monroe 70 Northwest-Shoals 56

Taisha Roberts and Tynecia Pam both scored 17 points to lead four players in double figures as Monroe, of Rochester (N.Y), held Northwest-Shoals, of Muscle Shoals (Ala.), to 34.5 percent shooting.

Stacy Schrader had 13 points and Iesha Eldridge added 10 as Monroe built a 33-22 halftime lead. Northwest-Shoals made 8 of 26 shots (30.8 percent) in the half, and Monroe dominated the glass with a 58-38 rebounding advantage.

Andrea Davis led Northwest-Shoals with 17 points, while Rita Beckwith had 14.

Consolation Games:

Penn Valley 100, Glendale 90

Second-ranked Penn Valley (Mo.) eliminated fifth-ranked Glendale (Ariz.) in double overtime.

Missy Wilt scored 27 points, while point guard Keasha Cannon collected 19 points, 16 rebounds and nine assists for Penn Valley.

Schoolcraft 70 South Suburban 60

Shafawnda Smelley scored 19 points, including five 3-pointers, for Schoolcraft.

NJCAA Division II

Women's Tournament

Thursday's results:

Game 1: Penn Valley 100,

Glendale 90 (2 OT)

Game 2: Schoolcraft 70,

South Suburban 60

Game 3: Mitchell 78,

Kalamazoo Valley 72

Game 4: Frederick C.C. 77,

Land Lake 70

Game 5: Waldorf 66,

Johnson County 59

Game 6: Monroe 70,

Northwest-Shoals 56

Today's Games:
  • Game 1 - Kalamazoo Valley vs. Lake Land, Noon
  • Game 2 - Johnson County vs. NW Shoals, 2 p.m.
  • Game 3 - Mitchell vs. Frederick, 6 p.m.
  • Game 4 - Waldorf vs. Monroe, 8 p.m.

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