NJ - Sometimes your best is still not quite good enough. The
women's basketball team, minus the nation's leading NJCAA
Division II scorer, MCCC forward Alexis Sweet, played its
heart out in the Region 19 quarterfinal against Burlington
County College on Feb. 22. Down by just three points at the
half and pulling within two late in the game, in the end,
the Lady Vikes just couldn't get the job done. Their 61-55
defeat is particularly tough, as this is the third consecutive
year they have made it into the tournament only to lose in
the opening round.
The Vikings clearly felt the absence of Sweet, who had been
averaging 25.7 points per game until a season ending injury
prior to the last three games of the season. Sophomore Azaria
Crews stepped up in Sweet's place, scoring 16 points and grabbing
11 rebounds in the fierce contest against Burlington, ending
her Mercer career with a double double.
Other players also poured it on. Sophomore forward Marelys
Williams had a double double, finishing with 10 points and
11 rebounds. Two freshman guards, Allicia Pickett (12 points)
and Natasha Nichols (11 points) added to the total as well.
The Lady Vikings finish the season with an 18-12 record. Despite
falling short of a regional title, Head Coach Mike Tenaglia,
who completes his 21st season, is full of praise for his team.
"We accomplished a lot this season. We are the Garden
State Athletic Conference (GSAC) champions, a great result."
were also individual honors as well, highlighted by Sweet,
who became the fourth woman in MCCC history to score over
1,000 points, finishing her career with 1,156 points. Also
one of the top rebounders and free throw shooters in the country,
Sweet was named to the All Region 19 and All GSAC First Teams
for the second straight year. Sophomores Crews and Williams
were both named to the All GSAC Second Team. Freshman forward
Kristine Funk shot 83% from the free throw line and ended
the season ranked 13th nationally.
notes that some of his first year players made excellent progress
and will give the Vikings a solid nucleus for next year. Guards
Pickett, Nichols, and Chanel Johnson should be particularly
effective n the backcourt. Also expected to return is forward
Chelsea Holman, who played some key minutes throughout the
Tenaglia observes, "It's always difficult when the season
ends because we know we will never be together again as a
team. Some of our sophomores will go on to four-year programs
and we will have to say goodbye to some wonderful young women.
We will miss them, but time stops for no one. They carried
our banner proudly and have nothing to be sad about."
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