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UCC's Women’s Basketball Team End Season Ranked 7th in the Nation

The Lady Owls when they won the NJCAA Division II Region XIX Championship.

CRANFORD – The Union County College (UCC) Women’s Basketball Team won the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II Region XIX Championship and the NJCAA District N Championship on March 5 when they defeated Harcum College.

This led the Lady Owls to the national tournament that was held in Harrison, Arkansas from March 18-24. After four tough games against community colleges from around the nation, the Lady Owls ended their season ranked 7th nationally.

In the first game of the tournament, the 13th seed Lady Owls competed against the 4th seed Owens College. Owens defeated UCC, 82-64.

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The Lady Owls continued to compete and won the next three games in the tournament. In their second game, they defeated Cecil College from North East, Maryland, 93-80, in OT. In their third game, the Lady Owls beat Ancilla College from Plymouth, Indiana, 61-47. This win advanced the Lady Owls to play in the championship game for 7th place. In their fourth and final game, the team faced Macomb Community College, a tough team from Warren, Michigan. UCC won by a score of 71 to 50.

Lady Owl Yamel Abreu was named to the NJCAA Division II National Tournament All-Tournament Team. She was one of only 10 players of the tournament chosen to be a member of the All-Tournament Team.

Coach Marbely Montas was also recognized by the NJCAA. This was her first year as head coach, and she was named the Region XIX Division II Coach of the Year.

“I am very proud of all that the Lady Owls and Coach Montas achieved this year. Their hard work from week to week paid off when they were able to compete at the national level,” stated Union’s Dean of College Life Tammy Smith.

Union County College is a comprehensive two-year community college and has 14 NJCAA sports teams. For more information about the Athletic programs at the College, go to

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