The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

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March 20, 2013

Central Arizona bounces Crowder

SALINA, Kan. — Second-seeded Central Arizona ousted No. 15 Crowder 82-57 in the second round of the NJCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship on Wednesday.

The Vaqueras, who led 45-27 at the half of the game in the Bicentennial Center, improved to 30-1. No. 15 Crowder, ranked 14th by the NJCAA, finished 29-6.

Said Crowder coach Tina Robbins: “I’m very proud of our kids. They played hard for 40 minutes. It wasn’t one of our best games. But attribute that to the other team. They were big, long and athletic. It was difficult to get good shots in the paint. We didn’t have easy looks.

“Absolutely, Central Arizona played like a No. 2 (seeded) team.”

Despite strong defense in the second half, Crowder was unable to cut into Central Arizona’s lead.

“We came out in the second half and defensively played well,” Robbins said. “We cut the deficit, I believe, to 13 points. But we still had difficulty scoring.”

The Lady ’Riders also encountered foul trouble during the game.

Central Arizona, of Coolidge, finished at 54.2 percent from the field on 32 of 59 to Crowder’s 17 of 55. Crowder drilled 20 of 30 foul shots to 11 of 24 for the winner. Central Arizona posted a 57-31 rebounding advantage. Crowder had fewer turnovers — 27-21.

Terai Sadler, a 5-foot-11 sophomore, and 5-7 redshirt freshman Seleena Neal each scored 13 points to lead Crowder in scoring.

Crowder also received 10 points from Caprese Marshall and nine apiece from Camila Lacerda and Veronica Amos. Lacerda added five assists and Amos had 10 rebounds and five steals.

Brea Edwards, a 5-10 sophomore, fueled Central Arizona with 26 points on 10-for-13 accuracy from the field. Ijeoma Uchendu (6-1 sophomore) added 21 and Joymesia Howard (6-2 freshman) had 12 points and 11 rebounds.

Robbins, whose 2011-12 edition finished 23-9, said the team planned to stay in Salina overnight. The group expects to return to the Neosho campus today between 1 and 2 p.m.

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