2012-13 Season Recap
The Northeast women’s basketball team accomplished great things during the 2012-13 basketball season:
- The team won the Region XI Championship vs. Iowa Western Community College (70-64)
- The team qualified for the National Tournament in Salina, Kansas
- The team was ranked as high as #11 in the national rankings
- The team finished with a 28-5 record
The 2012-13 team enjoyed a great year of success and did so with solid contributions from a variety of players. Andrea Johnson ran the point position and led the team in scoring 11.5 points per game (ppg), 3.8 assists per game (apg), and 1.7 steals per game (spg). Jaylan Spencer played a forward position and contributed with 10.6 ppg and 5.4 rebounds per game (rpg). Lexi Murphy was the top three-point shooter and knocked down 46% of her three-point attempts and averaged 10.1 ppg. Ivana Vuletic was the team’s tallest player at 6’3” and played the post position. Ivana averaged 8.7 ppg and 4.7 rpg.
Raveen Murray was a combo guard who averaged 8.5 ppg. Emily Gamble brought great versatility and contributed with 8 ppg and 2.3 rpg. Alison Klostergaard was also a versatile player who averaged 7.7 ppg and led the team in rebounding with 7.2 rpg. Debinique Knowles, Sarah Peiper, and Taya Novokreshchenova gave the team significant contributions off the bench. Bethany DeLong, possibly the team’s most athletic player, was lost midseason with an ankle injury.
The team’s road to nationals became a reality by winning the Regional Championship at Iowa Western Community College on March 2, 2013. The championship game was the third meeting between the two teams with each team winning on its home floor previously. The match up was a tight one with Iowa Western actually leading for much of the night. Northeast took a small lead with about five minutes to play and never gave it up after that point as they went on for a 70-64 win. Northeast had four players score in double figures with Andrea Johnson leading the way with 18 pts.
The regional championship win qualified Northeast to play in a District Championship at Crowder College in Missouri. It was a tight game throughout, but Northeast just could not make the plays down the stretch. Crowder held on for a 75-70 win.
The national tournament was a great experience for the team. When considering that only the elite teams get to play on this stage, the team was really excited for this opportunity.
Northeast’s opponent, Weatherford College, from Texas, came in with a 25-5 record and a very talented team. We came out sharp and led early, but Weatherford took a two-point lead at the half. The second half was played very evenly with Weatherford eventually winning 72-68.