Benji Bell scored 15 of his game-high 25 points to lead Northwest Florida State to a 76-69 win over Eastern Florida State in the FCSAA/ NJCAA Region VIII Championship Game.
Chipola's Evelyn Akhator rewrote the FCSAA/ NJCAA Region VIII Tournament record book and led her team to its second straight tournament championship.
Northwest Florida State dominated from start to finish in a 99-75 rout of Miami Dade. The Raiders will take on Eastern Florida State in the final at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday.
With Region VIII having two automatic bids due to it being a zone qualifier for the first time ever, the Titans' 92-85 overtime win over St. Petersburg College in the tournament earned them a spot to the national tournament in Hutchinson, Kan.
Tia Sanders scored the go-ahead basket with 2:21 left to start a game-closing 12-2 run that led Northwest Florida State past Gulf Coast State 73-65 in the NJCAA Region VIII semifinals
The College of Central Florida women's basketball team gave Chipola College all it could handle on Friday afternoon in the quarterfinals of the NJCAA Region VIII Tourament, before Evelyn Akhator took over.
Miami Dade made the plays down the stretch and earned an 88-77 win over Daytona State.
Demetrius McReynolds nailed a 3-pointer from the left corner with 0.3 seconds remaining to lift the Titans (28-3) past the Pirates (18-12).