Tallahassee Community College Women Return Home After Winning National Title

Posted at 11:12 PM, Mar 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-26 23:12:00-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fl. (WTXL) - After five wins in five days, the Tallahassee Community College women's basketball team can finally say it.

They are your 2018 NJCAA National Champions.

After beating Trinity Valley Saturday to win their first ever National title, the team returned to Tallahassee on Monday to a lot of excited fans.

The Lady Eagles upset the two time defending National Champs in the Final Four en route to winning that first ever title.

They proved a lot of doubters wrong, and that is a satisfying thing.

"We had a good mindset to do what we did," said sophomore forward Japonica James. "Everybody thought we weren't going to get there, but I guess it took every bone in our body."

"It made them hungry and opened our eyes up," added head coach Q Bedell. "I think we had a chip on our shoulders going to Nationals like something had been taken from us and we were going to get it back- and we did!"

The National title is the fourth straight year a team from the Panhandle Conference has won the NJCAA women's title. Chipola won it in 2015, while Gulf Coast won back to back titles in 2016 and 2017.