The Lady Roadrunners secured the program’s fourth trip to the women’s Division I national championships March 7 when they defeated the Iowa Western Community College Lady Reivers 67-53 to take the district championship. The Council Bluffs, Iowa, win was the seventh in a row for the Lady Roadrunners (21-8).
Sophomore guard Adella Randle-EL gave the Lady Roadrunners a 39-38 lead by knocking down one of her five three-point shots as time expired in the first half. SFCC kept the momentum rolling, opening the second half on a 14-4 run to take control of the contest.
“We went to a zone defense after we watched game film and saw they struggled shooting outside shots,” said Lady Roadrunners Head Coach Kevin Bucher. “I planned to use it for the first six or seven minutes of the second half and hoped we’d go on a big run, and that’s what happened.”
SFCC rode the momentum to secure the 67-53 victory. Randle-EL led three Lady Roadrunners in double-figure scoring with 19 points. Sophomore guard Antoinette Taylor contributed 15 points and four assists. Freshman center Alecia Cooley added 14 points. Sophomore guard/forward Apiphany Woods pitched in with eight points and pulled down 12 rebounds.
The Lady Roadrunners now await the release of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) national championship bracket, which will determine their first-round opponent. The national championships are scheduled for March 17-22 at the Bicentennial Center in Salina, Kan.
SFCC Athletics Department