Kansas City Kansas Community College Blue Devils

KCKCC team photo


No.    Name                      
0Brodi ByrdG     FR5'6Independence, Mo.
1Diamond WilliamsGRS5'4Detroit, Mich.
3Lexy WattsGSO5'6Olathe, Kan.
5Lillie MooreFSO6'1Magnolia, Ark.
10Caitlyn StewartGSO5'5Wichita, Kan.
11Lizzie StarkFSO5'11Liberty, Mo.
12Camryn SwansonGSO5'9Blue Springs, Mo.
14Nija CollierFSO6'0Detroit, Mich.
20Kisi YoungGSO5'9Magnolia, Ark.
21Caroline HoppockGFR5'11Overland Park, Kan.
23Lenaejha EvansGFR5'9Conway, S.C.
24Carson ChandlerGFR5'8Sarcoxie, Mo.

Team Overview

This is KCKCC’s second national tournament in four years. The Blue Devils won the national championship in their first appearance in 2016.

No team came closer than 14 points of the Blue Devils in the 2016 national tournament played in Overland Park, Kan., and the average margin of victory was 19 points. KCKCC won the last two games by the identical score of 81-59 over No. 1 Monroe in the semifinals and No. 2 Illinois Central in the championship game.

KCKCC plays in arguably the toughest Division II conference in the nation. In this year’s final rankings, the Jayhawk Conference had four teams in the Top 10 – No. 6 Highland, No. 7 KCKCC, No. 9 Labette and No. 10 Johnson County (which was No. 1 most of the season until Jayhawk teams starting playing each other).

In the last five seasons, Jayhawk teams have finished no worse than third in the national tourney:

2014 – Highland, second     2015 – Johnson County, Champion    2016 – KCKCC, Champion  2017 – Johnson County, second        2018 – Highland, third

KCKCC won the outright Jayhawk Conference DII championship for the first time, finishing 8-2 by splitting with No. 6 Highland and No. 9 Labette and sweeping cross-town arch-rival Johnson County for the first time since 1999. Highland, Labette and JCCC all split their meetings.

The Blue Devils met Johnson County for the third time in the Region VI semifinals, winning a classic 79-76 overtune thriller on a 3-point field goal by Nija Collier with 1.8 seconds remaining after Caitlyn Stewart had got the game into overtime with a 3-pointer with 10 seconds left.

KCKCC led virtually all the way in defeating No. 6 Highland 84-71 in the Region VI championship game. Lillie Moore led with 22 points and 14 rebounds while the Blue Devils limited the Scotties to 33.3 percent shooting from the field and .258 from 3-point.

Sophomore Nija Collier, a 6-foot forward from Detroit, was named NJCAA Player of the Week on two occasions and KJCCC Player of the Week an unprecedented six times.

Collier is the only player in the Jayhawk to rank in each of the top four statistical categories. She’s second in scoring (17.2), rebounds (9.8) and field goal percentage (.598) and third in 3-point shooting percentage (.398).

Nationally, KCKCC ranks No. 1 in total points scored (2877), No. 2 in points per game (89.9), No. 3 in 3-point goals made (9.5), 3-point attempts (27.8) and free throws made (16.2), No. 4 in field goals made (32.1), No. 5 in assists (19.1), defensive rebounds (32.5) and free throw attempts (23.8) and sixth in field goal percentage (47.3).