Women’s College Basketball: South Suburban bows to Monroe in NJCAA Division II tourney
By Tim O’Brien For Sun-Times Media March 22, 2013 9:32PM
Updated: April 25, 2013 7:12AM
Having qualified for the National Junior College Athletic Association Tournament four times in his 20 years at South Suburban College, coach Darrell Scott knows advancing to the tourney is something to appreciate.
His Bulldogs’ season came to an end Friday, with South Suburban falling 58-56 to Monroe College in the consolation bracket at the NJCAA Division II tournament at Illinois Central College in Peoria.
“Making it to the tournament is an accomplishment no matter how many times you’ve been there,” Scott said. “This was a very dedicated, committed group, and they put the hard work in.”
Megan Majors (T.F. South) scored 20 points, with Dorothy Taylor (Thornwood) adding 16 points and 12 rebounds. Majors scored 20 points and Taylor had a double-double in all three of South Suburban’s tourney games.
South Suburban finishes at 22-14. Jasmine McRoy (15 points) and Brianna Perlmutter (13 points, 13 rebounds) paced Monroe (24-8).
Trailing by seven points in the second half vs. the two-time defending Division II national champ, South Suburban refused to go quietly.
“We looked at it as zero-zero,” Taylor said. “We want to hold our heads up and work hard the entire 40 minutes.”
Taylor scored four points in 17 seconds in the final minute and Breanne Perry (Bloom) scored off a missed Ashley Huddleston free throw to bring the Bulldogs to within 58-56 with eight seconds remaining.
Monroe missed three free throws in the final eight seconds, giving South Suburban one last shot. With 2.6 seconds left, Huddleston caught an inbounds pass but was called for stepping out of bounds as she tried to get a shot off near midcourt.
“Playing with this team, I’m so proud of my teammates with all we’ve been through,” Taylor said. “Making it so far is huge, and I was playing my heart out. I wanted that national title, especially my sophomore year, and it just wasn’t there.”