Brooklyn N.Y. - The ASA Women's basketball team earned an at large bid to the NJCAA National Tournament in Lubbock, Texas. The Lady Avengers were ranked 12th in the latest NJCAA rankings but fell in their District C Championship game to the Harford Fighting Owls losing their automatic bid into the tournament. Even with that loss they had a good chance of making the tournament with a record of 21-1 and when the NJCAA announced the bracket they were selected as the 24th seed. The Lady Avengers are scheduled to play the 9th seed Salt Lake Bruins in the opening round of the tournament.
The Lady Avengers will come into this game averaging 82 points per game as team while only surrendering 54 points per game to their opponent. ASA will look to continue their strong defensive play in the NJCAA National Tournament; they forced 26.6 turnovers per game this season. Sophomore guard Kiara Smith (Upper Marlboro, MD) with 16.6 points per game and sophomore forward Troyian Brooks (New Orleans, LA) with 14.9 points per game have led the Lady Avengers in scoring this season.
The Salt Lake Bruins were crowned Region XVIII Champions and come into this game with a 26-5 record. As a team, the Bruins have averaged 71.9 points per game and have only give up 52.3 points per game. They are led by sophomore guard Tia Hay who has averaged 19.3 points per game this season.
The Avengers will play this first round NJCAA matchup against the Bruins on March 19th.