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Thursday's NJCAA Women's Roundup

March 22, 2002

Playing in a final - any final - is better than watching.

Emily Middlekauff led four Frederick players in double figures as the Cougars staved off elimination Thursday with a 72-63 win over Mercer in the consolation round of the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II women's basketball championships at Hagerstown Community College.

Frederick, which lost to Penn Valley in Wednesday's opening round, will play Saturday at noon in the sixth-place game.

Middlekauff hit 5 of 6 shots en route to 12 points to lead Frederick's balanced attack. Angela Pont added 11 while Marell Milline and Jodi Carpenter finished with 10 points each. The Cougars outscored Mercer 43-33 in the second half.

Kamika Harden led Mercer with 19 points as the Vikings were eliminated.

Winner's Bracket

Ill. Central 70, Johnson Co. 52

Last year's national runnerup came back from a six-point halftime deficit by outscoring the 2000 national champions by 24 in the second half.

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Petra Manakova had 15 points and 20 rebounds while Amy Fuller finished with 17 points to lead the Cougars. Volha Snytina added 15 for ICC. Kristin Crites was the only Cavalier to finish with double figures with 12 points.

Kirkwood 63, Mott 42

Kirkwood held Mott to one basket in the second half as Meg Tierney scored 16 points to lead the Eagles.

Mott hit 1 of 22 shots in the final 20 minutes - a 3-pointer - and added 7 of 13 from the foul line to score just 10 points in the final 20 minutes.

Megan Ripperton scored nine points and Tierney pulled down 12 rebounds for Kirkwood.

Alayniah Teverbaugh scored 17 points with 11 rebounds to pace Mott.

Penn Valley 92, Kankakee 82

Penn Valley scored 57 points in the first half before withstanding a 30-point effort by Kankakee's Rebecca Stewart to advance to the winner's bracket Final Four.

Jessica Allen led the Scouts with 20 points while Denise Turner and Randi Johnson added 18 each. Derica Davidson also had 15.

Jenny Dezee had 20 points for Kankakee while Andrea Engleking finished with 15 points and 15 rebounds.

Kalamazoo 77, Mesa 67

Danaea Williams hit 35 points with 14 rebounds to outduel Mesa's Erin Yiakos and lead the Cougars into the semifinals.

Kalamazoo hit 55 percent of its two-point shots, but actually won the game from the foul line. The Cougars had double the foul shots - 32-16 - and hit twice as many of them - 20-10 - to turn back the Thunderbirds.

Nicole Joffrion added 14 points for Kalamazoo.

Yiakos had 19 points and 16 rebounds while Sarah Tidwell and Jessica Schaaf added 14 points each.

Consolation bracket

Monroe 66, Shelton State 56

The defending national champions stayed alive in the tournament - in the consolation bracket - by jumping out to a 16-point halftime lead and holding on for the victory.

Jamie Sharidan score 20 points for Monroe whole Emily Perpich finished with 12 and Sharon Billips scored 10.

LaTiffany Burton had 25 points and 11 rebounds for the Buccaneers, who were eliminated from the tournament. Constance Kelly added 12 points.




Today's schedule

Consolation Bracket

Johnson City vs. Mott, noon

Kankakee vs. Mesa, 2

Winner's Bracket

Illinois Central vs. Kirkwood, 6

Penn Valley vs. Kalamazoo, 8

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