Illinois Central College (31-4) women’s basketball team lost in the semifinals of the NJCAA Division II national tournament to Louisburg College (31-3)72-68 on Friday night at Lorene M. Ramsey Gymnasium. Olivia Gaines had a game-high 22 points for the Lady Hurricanes. Jazmine Parker and Tiffany Johnson added 15 points apiece to join Gaines in double figures. Demeisha Morris and Chanta Wright joined ShaVonn Watkins in double figures, with all three scoring 17 points for ICC. The loss puts the Cougars in the third-place game against fourth-seeded St. Clair Community College (21-10) at 5:30 p.m. Saturday
Ninth seeded Monroe College (30-6) from New Rochelle, NY outlasted the fourth seeded Louisburg (30-2) lady Hurricanes from Louisburg, NC 74-69 to advance to the championship game. The Mustangs had 4 players in double figures, led by Aivah Parham with 18 points, Jasmine McRoy with 16, Kashay Barnes with 15 and 6’5″ center Verdine Warner added 14 points along with 14 rebounds. Louisburg’s Jazmine Parker scored 19 points, Olivia Gaines added 15. Monroe will try to defend there 2011 NJCAA Div. II championship against Lake Michigan (30-4) Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. on the Lorene M. Ramsey Gymnasium on the campus of Illinois Central College.