NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. Both Monroe and Lackawanna women's basketball teams had already qualified for the National Junior College Athletic Association Tournament, but the two teams played for pride in the District N finals on Sunday.
Monroe came out on top, 80-58, to claim its second district championship in three years.
Lynasha Frazier, the Mustangs starting point guard, did not play, but the rest of the starters picked up the slack. Monroes starting five scored 72 of the teams 80 points behind Kashay Barnes game-high 26 points, her highest total of the season. She hit three of six three-pointers on Sunday to go along with six assists and five rebounds.
Aivah Parham recorded her 13th double-double of the season, a team record, with 12 points and 12 rebounds. Verdine Warner, who is 16th in the nation in rebounds per game, finished with 19 boards and nine points.
Jasmine McRoy had another strong outing with 22 points to match her total from the semifinals on Saturday. She also dished four assists.
Monroe led 10-6 early but then opened up the game with a 13-1 run and ultimately led 39-24 at halftime. The team led by as much as 24 points in the second half.
"We knew after the game yesterday that our job was not over," said head coach James Robinson Jr. "We still had to come out here and continue to work hard to make ourselves better. To us every game is important and every game counts even though we'd already clinched the nationals."
Monroe will now try to defend its title in the NJCAA Division II Womens National Tournament, which starts in Peoria, Illinois on March 20. Seedings and schedules have not yet been announced.
From a report by Monroe College Athletics/RJ Troche
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