CRANFORD, NJ  – Union County College’s Women’s Basketball Team will be heading back to the NJCAA National Championship next week, after the Lady Owls outlasted Monroe 64-51 in a qualifying matchup on Saturday.

The victory earned UCC a shot at NJCAA Women's Basketball District N&O Championship, where they would face a stout Dean College.

Despite leading for a majority of the game, UCC fell in the final two minutes of the championship to Dean by a score of 55-53. The Lady Owls will represent District O at the National Tournament.

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The Lady Owls next appearance will be at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, KS for the NJCAA Division II Women’s Basketball National Championship. UCC will represent the 15 seed and will play against Illinois Central on Tuesday, March 15 at 10 a.m.

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 www.unionowls.com. For more information on the NJCAA National Tournament, visit www.njcaa.org.