Shelton State College

  • Tournament seed: 1
  • District: N
  • Nickname: Lady Buccaneers
  • Head coach: Madonna Thompson
  • 2017-18 Record/Finish: 33-0, 13-0 (first place Alabama Community College Conference)

Top players:

  • G Cierra Johnson (20.9 ppg., 4.8 rpg., 4.1 apg.)
  • G Savannah Reier (13.6 ppg., 2.0 rpg.)
  • F Margaret Robinson (12.1 ppg., 7.4 rpg.)

About the Lady Buccaneers: Ranked No. 1 in the nation, Shelton State comes into the national tournament with its 11th conference title since 2006, having beaten Chattahoochee Valley in the regional finals. Last season the Lady Buccaneers were the No. 10 seed in the national tournament before finishing third, beating Salt Lake CC in the third-place game … 2017 All-Tournament selection Cierra Johnson leads an offense that ranks second in the nation in scoring at 93.5 points per game.

 

Gulf Coast State College

  • Tournament seed: 2
  • District: H
  • Nickname: Commodores
  • Head coach: Mary “Roonie” Scovel
  • 2017-18 Record/Finish: 26-2, 11-1 (first place FCSAA Panhandle Conference)

Top players:

  • G Shayla Bennett (21.3 ppg., 4.0 rpg., 3.0 apg.)
  • G Kionna Jeter (19.8 ppg., 6.0 rpg., 2.9 spg.)
  • F Jhileiya Dunlap (13.5 ppg., 8.1 rpg.)

About the Commodores: The two-time defending national champions are back for a run at the three-peat and the school’s sixth women’s national championship, having also won the crown in 2003, 2008, 2010, 2016 and 2017 … Head coach Ronnie Scovel is an impressive 569-75 in 20 seasons leading the Commodores. In her time at Gulf Coast, Scovel has tallied double-digit losses just twice while recording 10 30-win seasons (entering the tournament) … Gulf Coast’s only losses this season came to No. 1-ranked and top seeded Shelton State and in-state rival Chipola College.

 

Moberly Area Community College

  • Tournament seed: 3
  • District: K
  • Nickname: Lady Greyhounds
  • Head coach: Chad Killinger
  • 2017-18 Record/Finish: 32-0, 9-0 (first place Missouri Community College Athletic Conference)

Top players:

  • C Anisha George (14.5 ppg., 8.7 rpg.)
  • G Angelica Wiggins (13.0 ppg., 4.4 rpg., 3.8 apg.)
  • G Carnethia Brown (12.0 ppg., 4.1 apg., 2.8 spg.)

About the Lady Greyhounds: Moberly Area is making its 14th national tournament appearance but its first since 2005, when it finished seventh. The Lady Greyhounds captured the 1982 national championship but have not finished better than third since … Moberly Area is one of only two teams to enter the national tournament with an unblemished record, No. 1 Shelton State being the other … This year marks the fourth time in seven seasons head coach Chad Killinger has led Moberly Area to 20 or more wins and the first with 30 victories.

 

Jones County Junior College

  • Tournament seed: 4
  • District: O
  • Nickname: Lady Bobcats
  • Head coach: Missy Bilderback
  • 2017-18 Record/Finish: 26-3, 15-1 (first place Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges)

Top players:

  • G Alexis Tolefree (20.4 ppg., 2.7 apg.)
  • F Nique Cherry (15.1 ppg., 14.4 rpg.)
  • G Kira Bonner (10.0 ppg.)

About the Lady Bobcats: Jones County will be making its second appearance in the national championships … Head coach Missy Bilderback is in just her third season at the helm of Jones County, leading the Lady Bobcats to a 30-2 mark a year ago, falling in the national tournament quarterfinals … The Lady Bobcats do a tremendous job on the boards, ranking second in the country in rebounds per game (52.5) and defensive rebounds per game (34.3).

 

Cochise College

  • Tournament seed: 5
  • District: A
  • Nickname: Apaches
  • Head coach: Laura Hughes
  • 2017-18 Record/Finish: 29-2, 21-1 (first place Arizona Community College Athletic Conference)

Top players:

  • F Mamita Diagne (14.0 ppg., 6.8 rpg.)
  • F Awa Keita (13.4 ppg., 6.9 rpg., 3.5 apg.)
  • G Deezha Battle (9.5 ppg., 3.7 apg.)
  • C Yemiyah Morris (9.5 ppg., 6.3 rpg.)

About the Apaches: Cochise College is making just its third NJCAA national championships appearance but its second straight … Head coach Laura Hughes has guided Cochise to a winning record in each of her seven seasons at the helm … The Apaches are averaging 76.2 points per game and winning by an average of almost 30 points per game … Cochise’s only losses this season came to tournament qualifier Odessa Junior College and Central Arizona, which the Apaches beat in the District A finals.

 

Wabash Valley College

  • Tournament seed: 6
  • District: P
  • Nickname: Lady Warriors
  • Head coach: Luke Scheidecker
  • 2017-18 Record/Finish: 30-2, 18-0 (first place Great Rivers Athletic Conference)

Top players:

  • G Mariah McCully (18.7 ppg., 4.9 apg.)
  • G Ashley Moore (11.4 ppg., 3.4 apg.)
  • G Tramauryia Hunter (10.6 ppg., 5.6 apg.)
  • C Ruby Angok (10.6 ppg., 8.0 rpg.)
  • C Gabi Baldridge (10.1 ppg., 7.4 rpg)

About the Lady Warriors: Scheidecker leads Wabash Valley back to the national tournament in his second year at the helm of the program … The Lady Warriors are riding a 12-game winning streak, avenging a loss to Vincennes from earlier in the season in the District P championship game … Wabash Valley has the top offense in the country, averaging 94.6 points per game while topping the century mark 12 times and failing to reach 90 points just four times since December.

 

Seward County Community College

  • Tournament seed: 7
  • District: F
  • Nickname: Saints
  • Head coach: Toby Wynn
  • 2017-18 Record/Finish: 30-3, 23-3 (first place Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference)

Top players:

  • G Mollie Mounsey (19.0 ppg., 4.4 rpg., 2.6 apg.)
  • C Vilma Covane (8.5 ppg., 4.6 rpg.)
  • G Silvia Veloso (7.9 ppg., 4.0 apg., 3.4 spg.)

About the Saints: This will be the seventh national tournament appearance for the Saints and the third in the last four years. Seward won the title in 2002 and finished third in 2007 … Ranked 10th in the nation, the Saints earned a tournament bid by defeating Independence CC, which ousted defending KJCCC champion Hutchinson CC in the semifinals, in the district title game … Seward lost to eventual champion Gulf Coast State in the quarterfinals of the 2017 national tournament.

 

Salt Lake Community College

  • Tournament seed: 9
  • District: M
  • Nickname: Bruins
  • Head coach: Betsy Specketer
  • 2017-18 Record/Finish: 26-5, 10-2 (first place Scenic West Athletic Conference)

Top players:

  • G Tia Hay (18.3 ppg., 4.3 rpg., 3.1 apg.)
  • G Ashley Scoggin (11.7 ppg., 2.5 rpg.)
  • G Miki’ala Maio (11.4 ppg., 4.8 rpg.)

About the Bruins: This will be the seventh national tournament appearance for the Bruins, all since the 2005-06 season. Last season, the Bruins had their highest finish in the national tournament, losing to Shelton State in the third-place game after falling to eventual champion Gulf Coast State in the semifinals … The Bruins come into the tournament having won their fifth straight Scenic West Athletic Conference title and back-to-back Region 18 championships.

 

Casper College

  • Tournament seed: 10
  • District: I
  • Nickname: Thunderbirds
  • Head coach: Dwight Gunnare
  • 2017-18 Record/Finish: 31-2, 24-1 (first place NJCAA Region IX-North Division)

Top players:

  • G Lucie Hoskova (12.2 ppg., 5.7 rpg.)
  • G Paula Orenes Sanchez (10.3 ppg., 2.4 apg.)
  • C Emily Robertson (10.2 ppg., 6.3 rpg.)

About the Cougars: In his 10th season as head coach at Casper College, head coach Dwight Gunnare leads the Thunderbirds into the national tournament for his third time and the first time since 2011. Casper finished fourth in 2010 and ninth in 2011 … The Thunderbirds enter the national tournament on an 21-game winning streak, beating 2018 national tournament qualifier Western Nebraska in the Region IX finals … Casper’s 18.6 assists per game ranks ninth in the country.

 

Walters State Community College

  • Tournament seed: 12
  • District: G
  • Nickname: Lady Senators
  • Head coach: Dave Kragel
  • 2017-18 Record/Finish: 28-5, 18-0 (first place Tennessee Community College Athletic Association)

Top players:

  • G Sara Vujacic (16.9 ppg., 2.7 rpg., 2.1 spg.)
  • F Oneisha Turner (10.2 ppg., 5.3 rpg)
  • F Dejah Montgomery (9.5 ppg., 5.1 rpg.)

About the Lady Senators: Walters State is making an appearance in the national championships for the seventh straight season and the 15th time in school history. The Lady Senators fell in the second round last season to Chipola College … The Lady Senators enter the national tournament on an 18-game winning streak. Of their five losses this season, three have come to No. 1-ranked Shelton State and No. 2-ranked and two-time defending national champion Gulf Coast State. Walters State’s last loss came to Shelton State on Jan. 6.

 

Northeastern Oklahoma A&M

  • Tournament seed: 13
  • District: B
  • Nickname: Lady Norse
  • Head coach: Jim Rowland
  • 2017-18 Record/Finish: 27-4, 16-0 (first place Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference)

Top players:

  • G/F Bethany Mununga (16.8 ppg., 12.2 rpg.)
  • G Mikayla Shulanberger (13.3 ppg., 3.0 apg.)
  • C Mariam Gnanou (13.3 ppg., 9.8 rpg.)
  • G Megan Jackson (12.7 ppg., 2.7 apg.)

About the Lady Norse: The Lady Norse are making their third straight national tournament appearance and fifth under 12-year head coach Jim Rowland … The Lady Norse have lost in the quarterfinals in each of the last two years, falling to runner-up Trinity Valley in 2017 … NEO lives on defense, ranking third in the nation in blocks per game (6.2), fourth in opponent field goal percentage (31.7 percent) and seventh in points per game allowed (47.3)

 

San Jacinto College-North

  • Tournament seed: 15
  • District: M
  • Nickname: Gators
  • Head coach: Kayla Weaver
  • 2017-18 Record/Finish: 24-10, 13-8 (fourth place NJCAA Region XIV)

Top players:

  • G Eryka Sidney (17.2 ppg., 4.0 apg.)
  • G Alexus Jones (13.6 ppg., 3.3 apg.)
  • F Alexis Bryant (13.0 ppg., 8.9 rpg.)

About the Gators: This is the final season for San Jacinto women’s basketball, which will fall victim to budget cuts at the end of the season. The Gators, however, are going out in style with consecutive national tournament appearances … Kayla Weaver took over as head coach for the Gators final season for former coach Michael Madrid, a former assistant at Lubbock Christian University and three area high schools. Weaver served as an assistant coach at San Jac for two years.

 

Harford Community College

  • Tournament seed: 16
  • District: C
  • Nickname: Fighting Owls
  • Head coach: Michael Seney
  • 2017-18 Record/Finish: 27-2, 10-0 (first place Maryland JUCO Conference)

Top players:

  • F Dahnye Redd (14.6 ppg., 12.0 rpg.)
  • G Ryan Holder (13.9 ppg., 8.0 rpg.)
  • G Adrienne Jones (13.3 ppg., 3.0 rpg.)

About the Fighting Owls: The Harford Fighting Owls matched a school record with 27 wins while cruising to an unblemished conference championship, a mark it set two years ago in qualifying for the national tournament … The Fighting Owls may be the most offensive club in the tournament, ranking first in the nation in field goals attempted per game (78.6), second in field goals made per game (34.3) and three-point field goals per game (29.3) and third in points per game (90.7).

 

Odessa College

  • Tournament seed: 17
  • District: E
  • Nickname: Lady Wranglers
  • Head coach: Ara Baten
  • 2017-18 Record/Finish: 22-10, 7-7 (fourth place Western Junior College Athletic Conference)

Top players:

  • G Shannon Dozier (10.8 ppg., 2.5 rpg.)
  • F Tanaka Gapare (10.5 ppg., 8.5 rpg.)
  • G Chinna Fair (10.2 ppg., 2.9 apg.)

About the Lady Wranglers: After winning the Western Junior College Athletic Conference a year ago, Odessa finished fourth in the league this year but went on a tremendous run to earn the conference’s automatic berth, beating league regular-season champion New Mexico JC in the finals … Odessa lost its last two games of the regular season going into the district tournament … The Lady Wranglers have playoff experience with eight sophomores on a team that reached the elite eight a year ago.

 

North Dakota State College of Science (SCS)

  • Tournament seed: 21
  • District: D
  • Nickname: Wildcats
  • Head coach: Thomas Dryburgh
  • 2017-18 Record/Finish: 29-3, 12-0 (first place Mon-Dak Athletic Conference)

Top players:

  • F Kyla Adams (14.5 ppg., 6.2 rpg.)
  • G Mina Porte (12.4 ppg., 5.0 rpg.)
  • G Dayuna Johnson (10.9 ppg., 3.8 apg.)

About the Wildcats: North Dakota State SCS is making the fourth national tournament appearance in school history and second straight. The Wildcats also made the tournament in 1996 and 2003 … After losing to Iowa Western CC in the regular-season finale, the Wildcats breezed through the district tournament, downing 2016 national tournament qualifier Highland CC … There are no players on the Wildcats roster that hail from North Dakota and only one from South Dakota. Six hail from Minnesota or Wisconsin.

 

South Georgia Technical College

  • Tournament seed: 23
  • District: J
  • Nickname: Lady Jets
  • Head coach: James Frey
  • 2017-18 Record/Finish: 28-5, 17-1 (first place Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association)

Top players:

  • F Esther Adenike (13.7 ppg., 11.8 rpg.)
  • F Houlfat Mahouchiza (10.9 ppg., 8.2 rpg)
  • F Ricka Jackson (8.9 ppg., 2.0 apg.)

About the Lady Jets: The Lady Jets are back in the national championships for the fourth time in five years. This is the school’s fifth appearance in nationals overall (2010, 2014, 2015, 2017) … South Georgia Tech defeated Spartanburg Methodist in the District J title game … SGTC earned a berth in the title game when Central Georgia Tech had to forfeit in the final of the Region XVII tournament due to having only four eligible players (a team can’t start a game with fewer than five).

 

New Mexico Junior College

  • Tournament seed: 8
  • Region: V
  • Nickname: Lady Thunderbirds
  • Head coach: Drew Sanders
  • 2017-18 Record/Finish: 30-3, 12-1 (first place Western Junior College Athletic Conference)

Top players:

  • C Alexes Bryant (18.0 ppg., 8.0 rpg)
  • F Ni’Asia McIntosh (13.8 ppg., 7.9 rpg.)
  • G Ashley Reid (10.9 ppg., 3.9 apg.)

About the Lady Thunderbirds: After cruising through the Western Junior College Athletic Conference regular season, the Lady Thunderbirds were upended by 2017 champion Odessa College in the Region V finals … NMJC is an excellent three-point shooting team, ranking fourth in the country in three-point field goal percentage at 40.7 percent … This season marks the second time in three years the Lady Thunderbirds have entered the national tournament with at least 30 wins.

 

Tallahassee Community College

  • Tournament seed: 11
  • Region: VIII
  • Nickname: Eagles
  • Head coach: Franqua “Q” Bedell
  • 2017-18 Record/Finish: 24-6, 8-5 (second place FCSAA Panhandle Conference)

Top players:

  • G Jas Hill (19.0 ppg., 3.0 apg.)
  • F Japonica James (17.7 ppg., 7.9 rpg.)
  • G Nakiah Black (13.8 ppg., 2.3 apg.)

About the Eagles: After starting conference play 4-5, Tallahassee rallied for four straight wins, including two over Northwest Florida State, to qualify for the Region VIII tournament before falling in the semifinals to Eastern Florida State, which lost to Gulf Coast in the District H title game … Of Tallahassee’s six losses, three came to Gulf Coast and two came to No. 8 Northwest Florida State, which finished one game behind Tallahassee in the Panhandle Conference.

 

Northwest Florida State

  • Tournament seed: 14
  • Region: VIII
  • Nickname: Raiders
  • Head coach: Bart Walker
  • 2017-18 Record/Finish: 22-6, 7-6 (third place FCSAA Panhandle Conference)

Top players:

  • F Trinity Baptiste (13.1 ppg., 8.5 rpg.)
  • G Georgia Gayle (12.1 ppg., 3.1 rpg.)
  • G Jade Lewis (12.1 ppg., 4.0 rpg.)

About the Raiders: The Raiders are back in the national tournament for the second time in three years after missing out in 2017, this despite not even qualifying for the regional tournament after finishing third in the Panhandle Conference of the FCSAA behind Gulf Coast State and Tallahassee CC … But a No. 8 ranking and strong regular season in an ultra-competitive conference pushed the Lady Hawks into the national tournament.

 

Hutchinson Community College

  • Tournament seed: 18
  • Region: VI
  • Nickname: Blue Dragons
  • Head coach: John Ontjes
  • 2017-18 Record/Finish: 27-6, 21-5 (second place Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference)

Top players:

  • F Jada Mickens (13.8 ppg., 8.7 rpg.)
  • F Dejanae Roebuck (12.7 ppg., 9.0 rpg.)
  • G Alicia Brown (10.1 rpg., 4.0 rpg.)

About the Blue Dragons: This will be the eighth 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 quarterfinals to Jones County last season … A loss to Independence in the Region VI semifinals halted a six-game winning streak for the Blue Dragons … Hutchinson has a very good defense, holding opponents to 49.6 points per game and a 32.6 percent opponents field goal percentage.

 

Panola College

  • Tournament seed: 19
  • Region: XIV
  • Nickname: Fillies
  • Head coach: Eddie Kite
  • 2017-18 Record/Finish: 25-6, 16-4 (first place NJCAA Region XIV)

Top players:

About the Fillies: Panola College bounced perennial power Trinity Valley CC from the top spot of the Region XIV regular-season standings, but lost in the tournament semifinals to No. 15 seed and eventual champion San Jacinto-North … This will be the sixth appearance in the national tournament in school history but the first since 2005. Panola won it all in back-to-back years in 1977 and 1978 … Don’t send Panola to the free-throw line, where the Fillies shoot at 75.4 percent, fourth best mark in the nation.

 

Trinity Valley Community College

  • Tournament seed: 20
  • Region: XIV
  • Nickname: Lady Cardinals
  • Head coach: Gerald Ewing
  • 2017-18 Record/Finish: 27-5, 16-4 (first place NJCAA Region XIV)

Top players:

  • G Mercedes Brooks (16.9 ppg., 7.3 rpg.)
  • G Michal Miller (14.1 ppg., 2.6 apg.)
  • G Arleighshya McElroy (10.2 ppg., 2.8 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 22st national tournament appearance, where it is 62-18 and has played in six straight title games, losing each of the last two years to Gulf Coast State … Six days after beating Kilgore College in the regular-season finale, the Lady Cardinals lost to Kilgore in the semifinals of the Region XIV tournament.

 

Western Nebraska Community College

  • Tournament seed: 22
  • Region: IX
  • Nickname: Cougars
  • Head coach: Chad Gibney
  • 2017-18 Record/Finish: 29-4, 19-1 (first place NJCAA Region IX-South Division)

Top players:

  • F Merle Wiehl (16.9 ppg., 5.7 rpg., 2.8 apg.)
  • G Melisa Kadic (14.0 ppg., 3.1 rpg.)
  • G Karli Seay (13.7 ppg., 5.1 apg.)
  • F Jaleesa Avery (11.2 ppg., 5.4 rpg.)

About the Cougars: In his first full season at the helm of Western Nebraska, head coach Chad Gibney has the Cougars back in the national tournament for the second straight year even though they lost to Casper in the District I championship … Western Nebraska boasts one of the top scoring offenses in the nation, ranking seventh in points per game (84.2), sixth in field goals made per game (32.5) and 10th in field goal percentage (45.8).

 

ASA New York

  • Tournament seed: 24
  • Region: XV
  • Nickname: Lady Avengers
  • Head coach: Thomas Davis
  • 2017-18 Record/Finish: 21-1, 2-0 (first place Region XV)

Top players:

  • G Kiara Smith (16.6 ppg., 5.9 apg., 4.7 rpg.)
  • F Troyian Brooks (14.9 ppg., 8.1 rpg)
  • F Adriana Cordoba (13.0 ppg., 9.3 rpg.)
  • G Caitlin Roche (12.0 ppg., 2.7 rpg.)

About the Lady Avengers: ASA New York will be making its fifth trip to the national tournament … ASA, which stands for Advanced Software Analysis, began in 1985 in Brooklyn and has expanded to 3,000 students in Manhattan and Brooklyn. The college now also focuses studies on healthcare, business and criminal justice … ASA will get its shots, ranking ninth in the nation in field goa attempts per game (73.1) and 10th in three-point field goal attempts per game (10th).