Western Women’s Basketball Advance To NJCAA Semifinals


The Western women’s basketball team upset Hostos Community College 77-67 in the first round of the NJCAA Division III National Tournament Thursday in Rockford, Il.

Several Western players significantly contributed to the upset. Players Lindsey Murphy, Makenna Gabel, Lexi Schmidtknecht, Caitlin Young, and Jaclyn Freit all scored in double digits in the effort.

The victory puts the Cavaliers at two wins away from winning its first NJCAA championship. They will play Rock Valley Community College at 1:00 p.m. in the semifinals. Due to concerns regarding COVID-19, the finals will be played at 6:00 p.m. this evening, consolidating the tournament that was originally scheduled for three days.

In addition, all NJCAA tournament games are closed to the public. Streaming is available at the NJCAA website.