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Women’s Basketball Carries Second Seed into Region XVI Tournament

February 25, 2014

Marshaya Sangster  
Sophomore center Marshaya Sangster and the Archers will battle Cottey College in their Region XVI Tournament opener on Saturday.

In pursuit of a third consecutive Region XVI title, the St. Louis Community College women’s basketball team will need to pull something of an upset if the Archers are to make a return trip to the NJCAA Tournament.

With an overall record of 16-7, the Archers enter the Region XVI Tournament with the second seed, one slot behind North Central, who defeated STLCC 68-63 in the last meeting between the two teams on Feb. 15. That was STLCC’s lone road loss to a regional opponent on the season.

The tournament opens today (Feb. 25), when fifth-seeded Penn Valley and fourth-seeded Wentworth Military Academy will play for the opportunity to oppose top-seeded North Central.

The Archers will kick off the tournament on March 1, when they take on third-seeded Cottey College. STLCC enters the week rather familiar with Cottey, as the two teams met in the regular season finale last Saturday, a 73-67 victory for the Archers.

If the Archers were to win the tournament, they would come with a fair amount of precedent, as they were the third-seeded team a year ago. The Archers upset the top two seeds before advancing to the District playoff, where they defeated 12th-ranked North Arkansas to move on to their second consecutive national tourney appearance.

STLCC enters the Region XVI Tournament with considerable balance on the offensive end, led by freshman guard Deborah Holcomb, who concluded the regular season with a 24-point outburst against Cottey. Holcomb is averaging a team-high 16.2 points per game, and is one of four different Archers to average double-figures in scoring. She is joined by freshman guard Abby Hutson (10.0), sophomore guard Kalah Martin (14.6) and sophomore forward Zuri Hill (11.0).