Monsters prevail! Advance to second round

Joe Morales Photo/Courtesy EAC: EAC’s women’s basketball prevails against Moberly Area Community College Greyhounds with a 70-63 win at the NJCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship.

By Kris McBride/EAC

LUBBOCK, TEXAS — The Eastern Arizona College women’s basketball team opened the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division I Women’s Basketball Championship with a 70-63 win over the Moberly Area Community College Greyhounds on Tuesday. The Lady Monsters, who won their program-record sixth straight win, now take on third-seeded Chipola College, tomorrow at 3 p.m. at Rip Griffin Center in Lubbock. A live broadcast is available at www.alphamediaplayer.com/kwixam.

“We adjusted to two time zones, but are still playing incredible basketball,” said Eastern Arizona College Head Coach Cameron Turner. “We came out of the gates well. They (the Moberly Greyhounds) started playing zone to slow us down, but we saw that as an opportunity. Our half-court defense and rebounding brought us out on top.”

EAC Photo: EAC’s women’s basketball team: Back row, from left, coach Cameron Turner, Nadira Eltayeb, Emily Dogbatse, Imani Harris, Kor Fornesa-Liu, Ajae Yoakum, Catarina Ferreira, Assistant Coach Angelica de Paulo, assistant coach Sam Daley; front row, from left, Khadija Smith, Peyton Slaga, Nye John, Mary Workman, Isis Smith, Bayli Heap, and Susi Namoa.

Trailing by as many as 11 points in the first half, and seven, 48-41, in the third quarter, EAC took the lead for good on a pair of free throws by Nyeniea John, 55-54, and eventually led as many as nine, 64-55, with just 3:13 to go.

Nadira Eltayeb led the Monsters in scoring with 20 points. She also hauled down 16 rebounds and had five blocked shots. Ajae Yoakum scored 19 and had 13 rebounds and Catarina Ferreira added 15 points.

EAC’s Lady Monsters won the NJCAA Region 1 Championship with its 56-47 win over Arizona Western College. With a conference record of 16-2, the team is ranked 19th in the nation. The Lady Monsters began the season with a 61–51 win over Arizona Western College on Feb. 5; they only lost two conference games to finish the season at the top of the standings.

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