UPDATE: The MCC Wolves defeated North Arkansas College 79-65 in the district championships March 9. They’re now in the NJCAA national tournament in Harrison, Arkansas! The Wolves play Game 3 of the tournament at 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 19, against Cape Fear Community College of Wilmington, North Carolina.
Check out the tournament schedule and get more info here: njcaa.org/sports/wbkb/2018-19/div2/national_championship/index
Here’s our original story from March 7 . . .
Metropolitan Community College’s women’s basketball team is one game away from a spot in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division II women’s national championship tournament.
The Wolves will take on North Arkansas College in the NJCAA District Championship on Saturday, March 9, at 2 p.m. It will be played in the gym in the Physical Education building at MCC-Penn Valley, 3201 Southwest Trafficway. (Admission is $5 for the public; free for kids 12 and younger; free for MCC students and employees with college IDs. Parking is free.)
Head Coach Marcus Harvey likes the team’s chances against North Arkansas.
“We beat them here (on Feb. 13),” Harvey said. “If we go out and play smart we can do it again.”
He describes the team as very dedicated. “I would say they are on a mission. They had it in them. Some of the sophomores have really stepped it up. It’s a real team effort.”
Last Sunday, March 3, MCC defeated St. Louis Community College 91-74 in the regional championship game in Jefferson City. (Here’s this year’s schedule.)
MCC’s women’s basketball program has a 16-9 record this season and is currently on a seven-game winning streak.
The MCC women last played in the district championships in 2009-10 (they lost). In 2008-09, they won in the district championships and went on to nationals.
If the Wolves win their district game Saturday, they’ll move on to the NJCAA Division II Women’s Basketball Championship tournament, which will be played March 19-23 at North Arkansas College’s Pioneer Pavilion in Harrison, Arkansas. Sixteen teams will compete in the double-elimination tourney.
Meanwhile, in men’s action
In regional competition Feb. 28 in Jefferson City, MCC’s men’s basketball team lost to North Central Community College 87-82 in a semifinal game.
The Wolves took third place in the tournament, ending their season.