Cape Fear Defeats Lackawanna Lady Falcons 94-82 in National Tournament 3rd Place Game

Cape Fear Defeats Lackawanna Lady Falcons 94-82 in National Tournament 3rd Place Game

(Harrison, AR) – The Lady Falcons played Cape Fear in the NJCAA DII Women's National Tournament 3rd place game on Saturday evening. Cape Fear came away with the victory 94-82. The Lady Falcons finish the 2018-19 season as the NJCAA DII Women's 4th place team.

The first quarter got off to an even start for both teams. The Lady Falcons spread the ball around early as Briaunna McCullough, Kyla Smith, Colleen Cwalina, and Jasmine Lewis all scored. Kyla Smith hit three 3-pointers in the 1st quarter alone but Cape Fear led 26-18 at the buzzer. Briaunna McCullough and Jamie Brann continued Lackawanna's 3-point assault as they hit shots early in the 2nd quarter. Brann would go on to score another bucket to tie the game at 30-30. Lackawanna held the game close but Cape Fear managed to go on a 14-3 run with less than 2 minutes to go. Cape Fear took a 54-41 halftime advantage.

Both teams came to a small stalemate in in the 3rd quarter, only increasing the score to 58-47 with 5:21 to go. The Lady Falcons would give up 6 turnovers from there, allowing Cape Fear to take a 76-52 lead at the end of the 3rd quarter. The Lady Falcons would battle back in the 4th quarter. Chyna Wooten and Shaylah Green hit shots from the floor as well as several players made their free throws. Lackawanna would outscore Cape Fear 30-18 in the 4th quarter but Cape Fear went on to win 94-82.

Player Highlights

Ciaira Loyd: 13 points, 9 assists, 6 total rebounds, 6 steals

Briaunna McCullough: 13 points, 9 total rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals

Chyna Wooten: 15 points, 1 steal

"This has truly been a tremendous experience for our team, coaching staff, and myself. The talent on this stage is elite and for us to be a final four team as the 13th seed in the tournament speaks volumes about the hard work our ladies put in. I am extremely thankful for them, especially the sophomore class. This sophomore class was a major turning point for our program and their efforts started in the classroom. They are the true definition of student-athletes and I am excited to see where this experience lands them. With 11 freshman returning next season, we will plan to build off of the momentum of this season. As their leader, I could not be prouder." – Head Coach Joya Whittington

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