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Women's Basketball Wins JWU Charlotte's First National Championship


3/5/18 | The No. 2-ranked Johnson & Wales women's basketball team held quarterfinal and semifinal opponents to under 50 points heading into championship weekend in Lemont Furnace, Pa., then capped a magical season with a win over the nation's No. 1 seed, Central Maine Community College, to capture the USCAA Division II National Championship by a 75-64 margin on March 3.

The title marks JWU Charlotte's first-ever national championship, and, as JWU Charlotte president Dr. Tarun Malik noted, "Hopefully the first of many more to come in the near future."

Charlotte native Ineesha Hankerson earned Tournament's Most Valuable Player for the 22-4 Wildcats, who ended the season on a 14-game winning streak – a streak over which they won their games by an average of more than 20 points.

In late-February, Hankerson, along with teammate Vanderia Shackleford, were named 2nd Team All-Americans, while head coach Jennifer King, in her second season with JWU, was named the USCAA Women's Division II National Coach of the Year.

Not only are the Wildcats gaining momentum on the court, but JWU Charlotte has enjoyed success across athletic programs, as 4 out of 5 programs have reached postseason play. Success also extends beyond athletics.

"Our athletes excel in the classroom, too," said Malik. "With the support we provide to promote well being and academic success, athletes are supported by need-based aid, which remains intact should a student not continue to be part of a competitive sports team."

To find out more about our financial aid options, contact our financial planning team.  To learn more about JWU Charlotte, visit our campus, or check out our academic programs listings and campus life in Charlotte.

Topics: Charlotte