Bluefield Hosts NCCAA Mid-East Regional Thursday & Friday
Bluefield College hosts the NCCAA's D-I Women's Basketball Mid-East Regional on Thursday, March 7 and Friday, March 8.
March 6, 2013
As part of the National Christian College Athletic Association’s (NCCAA) postseason play, Bluefield College will host the NCCAA Women’s Basketball Division I Mid-East Regional on Thursday, March 7 and Friday, March 8 at the Dome Gymnasium.
Union University (18-8, 13-5 GSC) has earned the No. 1 seed and faces No. 4 seed Tennessee Temple University (15-14) at 5 p.m., Thursday in the event’s first game. No. 3 Bluefield (15-14, 8-12 MSC) then takes on third-seeded Covenant College (13-10, 4-6 GSAC) at 7 p.m.
The winner of each contest will then battle for the region’s NCCAA National Tournament bid at 7 p.m., Friday evening.
Union enters the postseason having won eight of its last 11 games. The Bulldogs are led in scoring by sophomore guard Amy Philamlee, who tallies 13.8 points per game. Amber Rechis, another sophomore guard, is the only other double-digit scorer, posting 12 points per contest. However, balanced scoring continues down the lineup as four active student-athletes average at least six points per game.
Union is currently in transition to NCAA Division II affiliation, where it will participate in the Gulf South Conference (GSC).
Second-seeded Bluefield will face its second wave of postseason play after dropping a highly competitive 74-65 matchup with No. 2 seed and 18th-ranked Georgetown College in the Mid-South Conference quarterfinals. The Lady Rams have dropped four straight games, each coming against a ranked or vote receiving opponent.
Guard play also drives Bluefield’s squad, with Teqa McNeal (17.1 ppg) and Ashley White (16.5 ppg) heading the offense. White averages 4.6 assists per game to rank 18th in the country. Janee Simmons serves as the team’s inside power averaging 11.1 points per game and 8.6 rebounds per game. The 5-11 junior has had 11 double-doubles this season. Monique Robson rounds out Bluefield’s top scorers at 10.1 points per game.
No. 3 Covenant (NCAA Div. III) rolls into the tournament having won six of its last eight contests. Their final three victories have all come by double-digit margins. Junior Jesse Blankenship leads the team in scoring (14.5 points per game) and rebounding (7.0 rebounds per game) and earned All-Great South Athletic Conference (GSAC) honors for her performance this season.
The Lady Scots have a solid balance of youth and leadership. Freshmen Alexis Storteboom and Haley Soles each earned GSAC All-Freshman honors, while Kiaira Cooper and Ruth Gibson have combined to start all but one game this season.
Tennessee Temple (NCCAA) has claimed victories in 10 of its last 11 competitive contests. Sophomore Amanda Rector has led the Lady Crusaders in scoring at 13.2 points per game.
A live broadcast of the tournament’s games may be viewed by clicking here. A direct link for the game will be available 5-10 minutes prior to the tip.
Complete coverage including links, final box scores and recaps may be reached through the link at the top of the story. Additional coverage may be tracked on Twitter, by following the @BluefieldRams stream.