INA — Wabash Valley entered the District P Women's tournament as the favorites and when it was all said and done the Lady Warriors had no equal after defeating Vincennes Friday night, 98-75, in the championship to advance to the NJCAA Division I National Championship in Lubbock, TX.
The Warriors are 30-2 this season. One of the team’s loss was against Vincennes University.
“This game was like a revenge game,” said WVC sophomore DeAsia Outlaw. “We wanted to win and go to nationals real bad. We were committed to going out here and playing the whole 40 minutes, and that’s what we did. We really executed everything.”
The Warriors won each of their three District games by an average of 41 points. Wabash Valley opened with a 97-43 win Tuesday at home against Kaskaskia. On Thursday, the Warriors knocked off Olney Central College, 103-55, before finishing District P with a 23-point win Friday night in the championship over the Trailblazers.
“We talked about having to come out and playing with great energy,” said sophomore Marie Hunter. “We wanted to be positive. Even when something negative was happening, we wanted to stay positive. We were able to take over the energy and get everyone involved.”
The NJCAA Division I Selection Show will air on Facebook Live and Twitter at 11:30 a.m. by logging on to www.njcaatv.com.
It’s the second straight year for the Warriors at National. A year ago, Wabash Valley lost in the opening round to Cochise, 96-75. Gulf Coast State won the National Championship, which was its second in as many years.
“Practice is going to be more intense,” said Outlaw. “Beating teams here [at District] is something different than going to Nationals [and winning]. There will be some highly ranked teams there. We lost in the first-round last year, and I think our team is better [this year] than we were last year.”
A total of 24 teams will receive a bid to enter the tournament with eight receiving a first-round bye. Wabash Valley — with winning the District P title — gets an automatic bid. The tournament runs from March 19 through the 24th.
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