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NIACC women advance to tourney semifinals

This news story was published on December 28, 2018.
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EAST PEORIA, Ill. – The No. 3 NIACC women’s basketball team advanced to the semifinals of the Illinois Central Cougar Holiday tournament with a 77-70 victory over Bryant & Stratton (Wisconsin) on Friday.

NIACC (9-2 overall) received 31 points from freshman Mandy Willems. Also for the Lady Trojans, freshman Kelcie Hale scored 12 points and sophomore Tahya Campbell scored 10 points.

NIACC, which led 35-34 at the half, took a 55-44 lead into the fourth quarter. Bryant & Stratton trimmed the deficit to 67-64, but that was as close as it would get.

NIACC outscored Bryant & Stratton 10-6 down the stretch to move to Saturday’s 4 p.m. semifinal contest against either Illinois Central or Sauk Valley.

Kirkwood moved to the semifinals with a 89-28 victory over McHenry County CC in its first-round contest on Friday. The Eagles face Parkland in the first semifinal Saturday.


Parkland College 67, Carl Sandburg College 61
Kirkwood 89, McHenry County CC 28
NIACC 77, Bryant & Stratton (Wisconsin) 70
6 p.m. – Sauk Valley CC (2-7) vs. Illinois Central (11-1)
10 a.m. – Carl Sandburg (5-9) vs. McHenry County (8-4)
Noon – Bryant & Stratton (10-6) vs. Sauk Valley/Illinois Central loser
2 p.m. – Parkland (9-3) vs. Kirkwood (10-4)
4 p.m. – NIACC (9-2) vs. Sauk Valley/Illinois Central winner
10 a.m. – 7th-place game
Noon – 5th-place game
2 p.m. – Consolation game
4 p.m. – Championship game

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