March 19, 2012
By Jonathan Seib Journal-Advocate sports reporter
CASPER, Wyo. -- The Northeastern Junior College Plainswomen are just one game away from not only winning the Region IX crown, but heading to Nationals. The Plainswomen defeated the host team, the Casper College T-Birds, 72-58 last night to advance to the finals.
They play the Otero Junior College Rattlers at 4 p.m. today.
Adaugo Osuala led the team with 20 points and had nine rebounds in the win yesterday. Hannah Pollart made a big difference as well with 14 rebounds and 11 points to help her team out. Brooke Bakers also scored double figures with 15 points.
It was the first half where the Plainswomen really took over. The team scored 42 points in the opening half and held the T-Birds to just 20. Then it was a downhill battle through the second half.
Bailey Holland was the only player from Casper to get going, scoring 26 of the 58 points for Casper. No other T-Bird made it to double figures.
Win over Western Wyoming
The Plainswomen defeated Western Wyoming in the quarterfinals in an 82-53 victory.
NJC was led by Alicia Nichols, who had 15 points and 11 rebounds. But she was not the only one to secure a double-double as Pollart did it with 13 rebounds and 11 points. Ashley North and Osuala both broke into double digits with 13 each.
Western shot only 25 percent from the field while NJC went for 45 percent of their shots.
The Plainswomen were up by 10 at the half but really turned things on in the final quarter, outscoring their opponent 46-27 to get the big win.
Win over Northwest
The Plainswomen started the Region IX tourney on Friday with a win over the Northwest College Trappers.
NJC had five players score in double figures in the opening round. Osuala led the team with 16 points but Nichols put up some impressive figures as well with 11 points and 16 rebounds in the contest.
Brooke Baker, 14; Ngone Ndiaye, 14; and North, 11, rounded out the double-digit scorers. North also had seven rebounds and a team-leading four assists in the win.
The Plainswomen have their work cut out for them in the championship game. The team has played Otero twice this season, splitting the contest. NJC won a tight 59-55 contest at home in late January but lost 84-71 to Otero at the end of February in the Rattlers' home gym.