Posted: Saturday, March 15, 2014
Media Contact: Dave Costello, 815-921-4516
Rock Valley College's quest for a third straight women's basketball national championship fell short on Saturday night in Rochester, Minnesota, at the hands of Northland Community and Technical College, 69-60, in the championship game of the NJCAA tournament.
The underdog #7 seeded Northland Pioneers (Minnesota) were in control for most of the night, putting RVC in a position they haven't been in often in the last three seasons- trailing and needing to come from behind.
Northland led 35-28 at halftime and increased that lead to as much as 10 early in the second half. Despite trailing for the entire second half, RVC did manage to cut the lead to three with under 30 seconds to play. But that was as close as they would get to their three-peat.
After cruising rather easily through their first two games of the tournament, a third straight national championship seemed well within reach for the Golden Eagles. Northland, which lost just once all season despite earning just the #7 seed in the tournament, made sure to keep it just out of RVC's grasp all night.
Rock Valley came in not only as the #1 seed but as the #1 ranked team in the country, a position they had held for over a year. They finish the season 28-6 and will settle for a runner-up finish after winning the national championship in the two previous seasons.