Mesa wins overtime thriller for first DII Women's Basketball title
March 22, 2014
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OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – In the first NJCAA DII Women’s Basketball National Championship overtime game since 1995, Mesa (Ariz.) defeated Highland (Kan.) 82-72 for their program’s first national title.
The Thunderbirds were led by a double-double effort from sophomore guard Peace Amukamara who led all scorers with 28 points and pulled down a game-high 12 rebounds. Mesa sophomore forward Madi Austin joined in with 25 points on 6-of-15 shooting from the field. Both players were clutch at the charity stripe, knocking down 24-of-28 free throw attempts. For the game, the Thunderbirds were 35-for-41 from the free throw line while the Scotties were just 15-for-21.
Mesa cruised through their opening game of the tournament with a 70-48 win over Mercyhurst North East (Pa.). The Thunderbirds followed up with a 91-74 quarterfinal win over Chesapeake (Md.) before knocking off top-seeded North Iowa Area in the semifinals, 85-77.
Ending their 2013-14 season with 10-straight victories, Mesa completed their national championship campaign with a 28-5 overall record. Entering the title game on an eight-game win streak, Highland dropped to 33-3 for the season.
Most Valuable Player
Peace Amukamara (G) – Mesa
Julia Alves (F) – Highland (KS)
Madi Austin (F) – Mesa
Ryann Bowser (G) – Highland (KS)
Ashanti David (G) – Kishwaukee
Sheyna Deans (G) – St. Clair County
Ta’Kira Height (G) – St. Clair County
Chelsey Jacox (G) – North Iowa Area
Daria Simmons (G) – Chesapeake
DeYahnna Styles (G) – Lake Michigan
Lateeka Thompson (G) – North Iowa Area
Lacey Viselli (G) – Mesa
Hannah Wascher (F) – Parkland