The Baton Rouge Community College (BRCC) Lady Bears are making their first appearance in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division I Women's Basketball National Championship. They will face the Lady Buccaneers of Blinn College (TX) on Monday, March 17th at 2:00 pm in Salina, KS.
BRCC has never played Blinn College, but Head Coach Paula Lee knows a little about her upcoming opponent. "Region XIV is historically tough." She continues, "they are going to play up-tempo, pressing basketball. A very similar style to the way we like to play."
The Lady Bears qualified for next week's championship by winning three games in last week's Region 23 Tournament. In round one, BRCC overcame a seventeen point first half deficit to defeat Meridian Community College. They followed up with another dramatic performance in the semi-finals by outlasting Copiah-Lincoln Community College. After beating Southwest Mississippi in the finals, the Lady Bears became the first team outside Mississippi to win the Region 23 tournament in thirty years.
"The ability to make history has everyone around the women's basketball on cloud nine," Coach Lee explains. "To be the first team in school history to advance to a National Championship is something that can never be taken away. It is great to accomplish our goals with such a fine group of young ladies and a tremendous coaching staff."