TJC women advance in tourney, defeat Southwestern Illinois

TJC coach Trenia Tillis-Jones talks to her team during a timeout Tuesday against SW Illinois at the NJCAA basketball tournament in Salina, Kan. (Staff photo by Phil Hicks)

SALINA, Kan. – Bria Emanuel hit for 19 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead Tyler Junior College a 74-52 win over Southwestern Illinois College on Tuesday in a first round game of the NJCAA Women’s Basketball National Tournament at the Bicentennial Center.

TJC (29-5) advances to the second round at 7 p.m. Wednesday against Southern Idaho.

Southwestern Illinois ends its season at 23-6.

Other top scores for the Apache Ladies were Shernise Robertson (16), Brittny Norris (13) and Malena Washington (10).

Jasmine Prophet had seven rebounds for TJC.

Erika McCaster led the Blue Storm with 16 points.


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