Izzy Cook and Western Nebraska College Cougars caused the upset of the tournament on the second day of the NJCAA (Junior College) Women’s National Basketball Championships in Texas.
Western Nebraska, seeded #16 in the 24-team championship, knocked off top-seed Jones College 63-60 in the second round on Wednesday (NZT). The Cougars trailed 60-59 with 30 seconds to play but scored the last four points of the contest to record a memorable win.
Izzy was at the heart of the action snaring 8 rebounds (4 at the offensive end) plus 3 points.
Western Nebraska advance to the Elite Eight and will enjoy a day off before playing Three Rivers Community College in the quarter-finals.
#18 Miles College caused an upset by defeating #15 Gulf Coast State yesterday but couldn’t repeat that form going down 72-55 to Trinity Valley in the second round. The season now over for Bree Trego and Molly Cockburn.
It’s the same fate for Deejan Schuler and #8 Casper College with the Lady T-Birds beaten 68-60 by Three Rivers. Deejan scored with her only shot and also provided an assist but Casper couldn’t overcome a 10-point half-time deficit.
Playing their second round games tomorrow are Leah and Jenna Rose Mafua with #21 Otero College up against #5 northeast Florida State.
In addition Grace Hunter and #4 South Plains will play #13 Georgia Highlands.
Games are shown live on the NJCAA Network https://www.njcaa.org/network