Louisburg College (N.C.) defeated Mesa Community College (Ariz.) 75-65 Saturday to win the Division II womens basketball national championship. The Hurricanes claimed their third national title in school history and first since moving down to DII.
Sophomore guard Justin Taylor (5'8''-SG) led the Hurricanes with 19 points, hitting 8-of-20 shots from the field including three 3-pointers. Taylor was named tournament MVP after averaging 14 points per game in Louisburgs four games.
Louisburg received 15 points and seven rebounds from sophomore guard Tiffany Johnson (5'7''-G), while sophomore forward Latrice Phelps (6'0''-F) had a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds.
Mesa failed to keep the Hurricanes off the charity stripe, giving up 31 free throw attempts to their nine. The Thunderbirds had 18 fouls in the game, while Louisburg was whistled for ten. Turnovers also played a major role in the Hurricanes victory. Louisburg lost possession only three times during the game, while Mesa had 18.
Louisburgs victory in the championship game boosted their final overall record to 32-3 for the season. Mesas record dropped to 28-7 to close out their 2012-13 campaign.
Taylor Foulks (5'9''-G-91) 6'1" - Lexington, SC Taylor is a huge addition to the Sea Devil family as she brings strength and rebounding to the post position. Foulks was named a Top 15 rebounder in the state of South Carolina. As a senior Taylor posted 12 points and 14 rebounds per game. Foulks was also selected to play in the North vs. South All-Star game. "I am very excited to have Foulks joining the family, and we look for her to bring power and relentlessness around the rim for us this... [read more]
Taylor Foulks (5'9''-G-91) 6'1" - Lexington, SC Taylor is a huge addition to the Sea Devil family as she brings strength and rebounding to the post position. Foulks was named a Top 15 rebounder in the state of South Carolina. As a senior Taylor posted 12 points and 14 rebounds per game. Foulks was also selected to play in the North vs. South All-Star game. "I am very excited to have Foulks joining the family, and we look for her to bring power and relentlessness around the rim for us this season." Christina Caesar 5'7" - Winston-Salem, NC Christina joins Sea Devil Nation with a highly competitive and defensive mentality. Caesar lead the state of North Carolina in charges taken in a single season. Christina was named Athlete of the Week during her senior season. "We are excited to have Christina as a Lady Sea Devil. She comes from a winning program and knows what it takes to win. She will provide us with toughness both on and off the floor."
Shanekia Jackson 5'10"- Sumter, SC
Shanekia brings tremendous size at the wing position and will elevate our team rebounding from the guard spot. Jackson was selected to the All-Region team during her sophomore season on the varsity team. During her hjgh school career, Jackson helped her team go to the state playoffs as well as receiving all-region accolades.
"Shanekia is a wonderful addition to the team, providing us with scoring, rebounding, and toughness."
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