Chandler-Gilbert Community College responded to its first round loss in the NJCAA Division II Women’s Basketball Championships by claiming a 74-58 win over Edison Community College in the consolation round held at Phoenix College Thursday.
Diolani Oshima, a Phoenix St. Mary’s grad, had the hot hand in CGCC’s win, scoring 22 points, including six 3-pointers.
The Coyotes are using the consolation games in hopes of moving some of their sophomores on to four-year colleges next year and also to provide experience for their freshmen.
Gilbert Highland product Sarah Hays, who has committed to the University of Arizona, scored 16 points, while Mariah Simpkins scored 14 points.
More than 20 coaches from various four-year colleges are in Phoenix for the junior college women’s championships to evaluate talent.
With their win Thursday, the Coyotes will play in the consolation final at noon Saturday against Genesee Community College (N.Y.) , also at Phoenix College.
More Tournament News
If Chandler-Gilbert, Mesa Community College, or Scottsdale Community College make next year’s NJCAA Division II Women’s Basketball Championships, they will have to take a road trip.
This is the last year Phoenix College, the host for the past three years, will host the tournament. The NJCAA has decided to move the tournament to Illinois Central University in East Peoria, Illinois, said Phoenix College men’s coach Matt Gordon, one of the officials responsible for this year’s tournament. “It’s all about travel and central location,” Gordon said. “It was fun to do and it helped give our school and facility recognition on a national level, but Illinois Central has a nice facility and it will still be a great experience.”
MCC’s new coach
Mesa Community College named Eamonn Condon, a former participant in the Irish national championships, as its new cross country coach. Condon takes over for Clyde Resendez, who recently resigned.
Condon, an Ahwatukee resident, coached at Gateway Community College in Phoenix for the past four years, where his runners had three top-10 finishes in the NJCAA men’s competition.
Mesa tops in softball
MCC is 11-3 in ACCAC play and 27-11 overall as the midpoint of the season arrives. The Thunderbirds are only a game behind Eastern Arizona for the best ACCAC record and have the second best overall record in Division A and Division B combined.