An amazing season continues for our women's basketball team, who stamped their tickets to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) National Championships over the weekend.
|Vice President Cecile Regner, Head Coach Mark Leszczyk, the Lady Tigers and Director Erica Rivers celebrate the team's Regional Championship victory|
"I'm incredibly proud of our Lady Tigers, their coaches, their trainers and our athletic staff," said Dr. Valerie Roberson, president of Roxbury Community College. "Our student-athletes work diligently, on and off the court, to achieve success. I'm so pleased to see the team's championship run continue. Go Tigers!"
This past weekend, the Lady Tigers rallied together and cemented their trip with a 10 point win against Gateway Community College in the regional championship game. Just one day prior, during the same game in which Alyssa Stewart scored her 1000th career point, Taj Lewis suffered a severely sprained ankle in the closing minute. The Lady Tigers began to prepare to play without her in the championship game.
After sitting out the 1st quarter, Lewis was determined to contribute and joined her teammates; putting on a very courageous performance in the final. With Lewis on the court, the Lady Tigers willed themselves to the Nationals with a very balanced offensive attack. Five players had double-digit scoring figures: Taj Lewis had 13 points with 4 rebounds; Amariah Brown had 11 points with 2 assists; Alyssa Stewart had 14 points, 14 rebounds, 5 blocks, 3 steals, and 2 assists; Breonna Pinkcett had 12 points and 4 rebounds; and, Ryia Newsome had 14 points, 2 rebounds, and shot a perfect 10-10 from the free throw line in the crucial moments of the game.
Head Coach Mark Leszczyk, who is completing his ninth year with the Roxbury Community College Women's Basketball Team, believes in the ladies and their ability to take this team all the way. Last season, Leszczyk led the Lady Tigers to a 25-2 regular season record and an appearance at the NJCAA National Tournament, where the team placed second. Coach Leszczyk credits the encouragement of RCC as a big motivator for the team, "I'm very thankful for the continued support of our Director of Student Life and Athletics Erica Rivers, Dean Jamica Love, Vice President Cecile Regner, and President Valerie Roberson, as well as the entire RCC Community."
He is proud of the team and how successful they have been the past few years, "It's an honor to have our student-athletes represent Roxbury Community College in the National Tournament for the fifth time in the past six seasons. No other school in the country has had this track record of success, and it all starts from the quality young ladies that we recruit," said Coach Leszczyk.
The incredible success of RCC's women's basketball team has gained notice outside of the NJCAA. Recently, national basketball writer Jim Clark composed an in-depth article on the long-term success of RCC's women's basketball program.
Follow our website for updates as the Lady Tigers travel to the Robert J. Collins Arena in Lincroft, N.J, March 10-12, 2016 for the DIII Women's Basketball Championship.
For more information on RCC Athletics, please visit www.rcc.mass.edu/athletics.
Reported by Vanessa Lewis and Paris Amado