The Lady Cougars are roaring up for a national tournament for the first time in history

Collin College Lady Cougars team members and Coach Jeff Allen celebrate a clutch basket in a comeback win over McLennan Community College in January. Photography provided by Kirk Dickey, Collin College.
Collin College's Lady Cougars are making history as they head to the NJCAA Division I Tournament for the first time.

After coming out of their regular season with a 28-1 record, the Lady Cougars are heading to Lubbock for the NJCAA Division I Tournament for the first time in Collin College history. In fact, no Collin College team has ever made the tournament.

The Cougars won their first game of the Region V tournament 80-72 but fell to New Mexico Junior College in the semifinals (65-62).

The tournament will be held at the RIP Griffin Center in Lubbock, TX March 22-27. The Lady Cougars will play the Conchise College from southern Arizona on March 22 at 4 p.m. Collin College is the 10th seed for the tournament, behind South Georgia Tech, Eastern Florida State, Trinity Valley, Southern Idaho, Blinn, Jones, Wabash Valley. Northwest Florida State and Shelton State respectively. Cochise is 23rd seed. 

“We’re just excited to be there and have an opportunity to play more basketball,” Coach Jeff Allen said. “This has been a special year and a special group of players.”

Allen has been a coach at Collin College for 12 years, and was just named the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Two-Year College National Coach of the Year.

“This is an exceptional accomplishment for our basketball program, and the players have worked hard to make it happen,” Athletic Director Albert Tezeno said. “They leave everything they have on the court in every game. We couldn’t be prouder of them.”

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