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Posted: 3/24/2014 9:29:38 AM
Lady Cards claim unprecedented third straight national title, eighth overall

 The most historic program in NJCAA Women’s Basketball history added another trophy to their collection Saturday. The Trinity Valley (Texas) Cardinals won an unprecedented third consecutive NJCAA national championship with a 65-46 win over Hutchinson (Kan.).

Sophomore Adut Bulgak led the way for the Cardinals with a double-double effort – leading all scorers with 17 points and recording a game-high 13 rebounds. The forward was a perfect 7-for-7 from the field and was named the tournament’s MVP after dominating the competition with play from inside the paint and the perimeter.

Sophomore guard Roddricka Patton was a sparkplug for Trinity Valley, totaling 11 assists and six steals in the victory. Patton’s effort and passion was felt throughout the tournament but her hustle plays made the difference in the title game when Bulgak got into foul trouble. Fellow sophomore guard Deborah Meeks had her best performance in the win over the Blue Dragons, sinking 3-of-5 shots from beyond the arc and tallying 13 points. Patton and Meeks joined Bulgak in receiving all-tournament honors.

Trinity Valley quickly got out to a double-digit lead early in the game and put No. 3-seed Hutchinson on their heels with a 24-10 advantage with just over five minutes remaining in the first half. The Blue Dragons cut the deficit to 27-15 before the break but failed to string together a significant run in the final 20 minutes of play. After having their lead trimmed to 31-21 early in the second half, the Cardinals busted the game open with a 16-4 run.

The Cardinals’ road to victory began in the second round with a 77-48 victory over No. 17-seed Western Nebraska. In the quarterfinals, Trinity Valley cruised to a 94-63 win against No. 9-seed Northwest Florida State. Facing off against No. 5-seed Central Arizona in a rematch of last season’s national championship game, Trinity Valley took care of business again with an 82-63 victory.

Winning their 28th straight game Saturday, the Cardinals finished off their national championship campaign with a 36-1 overall record. Entering the game with an unblemished record, Hutchinson dropped to 35-1 for the season.

Most Valuable Player
Adut Bulgak (F) – Trinity Valley

Coach of the Tournament
Elena Lovato – Trinity Valley

All-Tournament Team
Fatima Adams (F) – Blinn
Evelyn Akhator (F) – Chipola
Adut Bulgak (F) – Trinity Valley
Victoria Kemokai (G) – Tyler
Tiffany Lewis (G) – Chipola
Deborah Meeks (G) – Trinity Valley
Roddricka Patton (G) – Trinity Valley
Jamie Patrick (G) – Hutchinson
Kalani Purcell (F) – Hutchinson
Jamie Roe (G) – Central Arizona
Simone Westbrook (G) – Northwest Florida State
Te’era Williams (F) – Butler

Alberta Lee Cox Sportsmanship Award
Tyler Apaches

(Story courtesy of NJCAA)