CRANFORD –Union County College’s Women’s Basketball Team is heading back to the National Junior College Athletic Association National Tournament from March 15 to 19, 2016. This past weekend, the Women’s Basketball team competed in the NJCAA Women’s Basketball District N & O Championship Tournament. The Lady Owls defeated Monroe College by a score of 64-51 to qualify to participate in the national championship.

                By beating Monroe on Saturday, the Lady Owls advanced to the Championship game of the District N & O Tournament vs. Dean College. Union County College led the entire game until the final 1:30 secs.  Union ended up losing the championship to Dean by a score of 55-53. The Lady Owls will represent District O at the National Tournament.

                The Lady Owls will head to Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kansas for the NJCAA Division II Women’s Basketball National Championship. They are 15th seed and will play against Illinois Central on Tues., March 15 at 10 a.m.

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                To qualify to participate in the District N & O Championship, the Lady Owls first won the Region XIX Championship. Head Coach Cheryl Bell was named the Region XIX Coach of the Year.

                For more information on the Union County College Women’s Basketball team, visit For more information on the NJCAA National Tournament, visit