Grace Women Returning To Court

Star guard Juaneice Jackson will be a key player for Grace College in the NCCAA National Championships starting Wednesday at Grace (Photo provided by Grace College Sports Information Department)

Star guard Juaneice Jackson will be a key player for Grace College in the NCCAA National Championships starting Wednesday at Grace (Photo provided by Grace College Sports Information Department)

WINONA LAKE – The Grace College women’s basketball team returns to the home hardwood Wednesday night.

The Lancers will serve as host for the NCCAA National Championships, which begin Wednesday morning and run through Saturday night, in the Orthopaedic Capital Center.

Grace, making its fifth straight appearance in the NCCAA Tournament, takes a 19-14 mark into the eight-team event. Coach Scott Blum’s Lancers last played on March 2 as they lost an 80-46 decision at Cedarville University in the NCCAA Midwest Regional title game. Grace has lost five of its last six games entering the national tournament.

Grace, the No. 7 seed, opens tournament action Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. versus No. 2 seed California Baptist (23-5). Union University (20-8) is the top seed for the tournament.

The Lancers are led by standout guard Juaneice Jackson. The 5-7 junior from Gary earned first-team, All-Crossroads League honors this season as she broke the single-season school scoring mark. The smooth southpaw, who already ranks in the top 10 in career scoring in the Grace women’s program, drained a career and season high 37 points in a league game versus Taylor this season.

Grace, which has nine freshman on its roster, will also rely on sophomore Allison Kauffman as a key player in the tournament. The 6-0 forward from Fort Wayne averaged 12.4 points and 7.3 rebounds per game during the regular season. Kauffman was an honorable mention, all-conference selection.

Grace College senior Jayla Starks gets a final chance to play on the home hardwood this week in the NCCAA National Championships at Grace (Photo provided by Grace College Sports Information Department)

Grace College senior Jayla Starks gets a final chance to play on the home hardwood this week in the NCCAA National Championships at Grace (Photo provided by Grace College Sports Information Department)

The tournament will mark the final home games for Grace seniors Rianne Aguilar from Marion, Jayla Starks from Fort Wayne and Emily Bidwell, a native of Pierceton who played at Whitko High School.

Following are the tournament pairings. The championship game is scheduled for Saturday at 5 p.m.

 

Wednesday
Game 1: 8:30 a.m.: Southern Nazarene (18-10) vs. Shorter University (17-11)
Game 2: 10:15 a.m.: Cedarville University (18-9) vs. Oklahoma Christian (19-11)
Game 3: 3:30 p.m.: Union University (20-8) vs. Roberts Wesleyan (15-12)
Game 4: 7:30 p.m.: California Baptist (23-5) vs. Grace College (19-14)

Thursday
Game 5: 12 p.m.: Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 3
Game 6: 1:45 p.m.: Loser Game 2 vs. Loser Game 4
Game 7: 7 p.m.: Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 3
Game 8: 8:45 p.m.: Winner Game 2 vs. Winner Game 4

Friday
Game 9: 1 p.m.: Loser Game 5 vs. Loser Game 6
Game 10: 5 p.m.: Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 6

Saturday
Game 11: 12 p.m.: Loser Game 7 vs. Loser Game 8
Game 12: 5 p.m.: Winner Game 7 vs. Winner Game 8 (Championship Game)

 

Stacey Page Online Feed Facebook: social networking Twitter Linked in: Professional contact information Google+: Real-life sharing rethought for the web Print Friendly and PDF

Comments are closed.