The Johnson County Community College women’s basketball team will be playing for its second national championship in three seasons.
Austin Richardson scored 17 points as No. 2 seed Johnson County beat No. 3 seed Monroe (N.Y.) 70-66 on Friday night in the semifinals of the NJCAA Division II national tournament in Harrison, Ark.
“Monroe is one of the better teams we have seen in the last couple years,” Johnson County coach Ben Conrad said. “This was an absolute street fight. We made a couple of shots late, which is what March is all about.”
With the victory, Johnson County (33-2) advances to the championship game and will face top-seeded Kirkwood (Iowa), which beat Kankakee (Ill.) 76-49 on Friday night.
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The championship game is set for Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
Johnson County last won the title in 2015 and also won a national championship in 2000.
Richardson, who went to Lee’s Summit West and is Johnson County’s leading scorer (15.2 points per game coming into Friday’s game) also had nine rebounds.
Kylee Williams scored 12 points on four three-pointers for Johnson County. Williams has made 104 three-pointers on the season, which is a new team record.