03.12.13: There has been have been a time adjustments for the first round of the NJCAA Division II Women’s Basketball National Tournament schedule. With the updated schedule the Lady Knights will now have the first game of the Championship Tournament vs. the Express of Owens Community College from Toledo, OH at 9:00am CST. The times were adjusted as allowed by NJCAA bylaws on page 105. “The host region will get the feature game on the first date of the tournament. If this changes the order of games, the associated game within the bracket will also be changed so that the pairings are kept together.
The Express is ranked No. 9 by the NJCAA Division II poll as District I Champion with a 25-7 record. They have four players averaging in double-figures led by Emma-Jean Ricketts with 16.8 points per game, followed by Karahn Scott 11.9 points and 10.1 rebounds, Uniqua Mitchell 11 points and Mackenzie Heacock with 10.7 points per game. In addition, the Express are riding a nine-game winning streak as they enter the Nationals.
The Lady Knights look to counter the Express with their all-time leading scorer, assists, and steals leader: Jahira Smith (Brooklyn, NY) who comes into the Nationals with 1,021 career points, 305 assists and 254 steals. This year averaging 18 points, 4.4 assists, and 4.5 steals per game. Smith will be helped by Nyjah Porcher (New Britain, CT) the single season rebound leader with 323 rebounds this year who averages 15.6 points and 11.2 rebounds per game. The two sophomores will be helped by the freshman guard tandem of Lexi Barros (New Bedford, MA) averaging 16 points per game with 3.6 assists and 3.7 steals and Ahnyyah Jackson (Hackensack, NJ) averaging 12 points per game.
Should the Lady Knights win their first match-up they would face the winner of the 2 vs. 15 match-up of Louisburg College (NC) and Erie Community College (NY) Wednesday at 8:00pm CST. Should CCRI lose they would play the loser of that game Thursday at 9:00am CST.
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The Community College of Rhode Island, New England’s largest comprehensive community college, enrolls nearly 18,000 students in credit courses and thousands more in non-credit and job training classes. Its athletic program boasts 12 varsity programs and an academic support program for all student-athletes.