Windsor, N.J. - Even without injured sophomore Alexis Sweet,
the second leading scorer in the nation in NJCAA Division
II, the Lady Vikings won two of their last three regular season
games and hope to continue building on that success as they
head into the Region 19 Tournament. The Vikings enter the
tournament as the no. 4 seed and will host no. 5 Burlington
County College at home on Tuesday, Feb. 22 at 7 p.m.
The women have a record of 18-11, including three late season
wins in the region. On Feb. 5, they nearly upset Harcum College,
ranked ninth nationally, falling 70-64 after holding a 6-point
lead with under 2 minutes left in the game.
rebounded from that hard-fought defeat to a 47-38 victory
over the County College of Morris in their last home game
of the regular season on Feb. 10, which coincided with a fund-raiser
in support of the Breast Cancer Resource Center, located in
Princeton. (See article here.)
It was also Sophomore Night for the team's five second-year
Sophomore forward Azaria Crews made a welcome return to the
line-up, adding 9 points and pulling down 10 rebounds. Freshmen
guards Chanel Johnson and Allicia Pickett both scored 12 points,
and sophomore forward Marelys Williams stepped up with 10
points and 8 rebounds.
Vikings followed that game with a 64-38 victory over Del Tech
on Feb. 12, another key win in the region. Crews scored 15
points, Williams added 14 and guard Natasha Nichols finished
with 13 to help the Vikings to victory.
While Coach Mike Tenaglia is hopeful that Sweet, who has averaged
25 points and 12.5 rebounds per game, will be healthy for
the post-season, she is not the only one who will be key to
the Vikings' success.
Tenaglia will also rely on his freshmen, who have nicely complemented
the strong play of the sophomores. Johnson and Nichols are
averaging 8.2 and 7.6 points per game respectively, and forward
Kristine Funk is averaging 6 rebounds per game. Pickett has
become an all-around solid presence on the court, playing
a key role for the team in Sweet's absence.
With their close loss to Harcum two weeks ago, the Vikings
have proven they can be compete with one of the best teams
in the nation. And they are highly focused on avoiding the
fate of last year's squad -- a a disappointing first-round
exit from the tournament -- and bringing the title back to
were honored prior to their last regular season home game
on Feb. 10. Pictured are, from left: Azaria Crews, Marelys
Williams, Showana Paul, Alexis Sweet and Lauri Regan.