UTICA, N.Y. – For the fourth time in six years, the NJCAA Division III Women’s Basketball championship is going home with No. 1 seed Rock Valley (Ill.) after a 57-49 win in overtime over defending champion No. 3 Roxbury (Mass.) Saturday night.
Roxbury controlled the first half, as the Tigers went into intermission with a 25-23 advantage. Roxbury upped their advantage to three points – leading 35-33 going into the fourth quarter, but Rock Valley outscored the Tigers 15-12 in the final period to send the championship contest into overtime tied at 47-47. The momentum for the Golden Eagles carried over into the extra period and they outscored Roxbury 10-2 for the 57-49 victory. With the win the Golden Eagles cap off their championship season with a 33-2 record, while Roxbury finishes 25-3.
- Tournament MVP Tierra McGowan helped guide Rock Valley to the victory posting 20 points and 22 rebounds in her double-double performance. McGowan finishes the tournament averaging 21.3 points and 15 rebounds in three games.
- Jaycee Cleaver also reach double-figures in scoring, accumulating 13 points. Cleaver completes the tournament averaging 14 points.
- Rock Valley averaged 66.3 points in tournament, while only allowing 47.3 per in each contest.
- Fourth women’s basketball championship in Golden Eagles’ history – all of them have come in the last six years (2012, 2013, 2015, 2017)
- Roxbury as a team had a better shooting better shooting percentage with 36.5 percent (19-52) to Rock Valley’s 34.9 percent (22-63).
- Mohawk Valley (N.Y.) defeated Anoka-Ramsey (Minn.) in the consolation game 77-65 to finish third.
- Anoka-Ramsey finishes fourth in the tournament, while Hostos (N.Y.), West Georgia Tech, Northland (Minn.) and Brookdale (N.J.) finish the event 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th, respectively.
Photos courtesy of Mohawk Valley Athletics