As we get closer to March Madness, you’ll be able to see two or three former Raider Women’s basketball teammates on the court for teams across the country.
While the brackets haven’t calcified, you will likely see Rayven Peeples, Last-Tear Pou, and Aicha Ndour’s teams in the tournament’s first round.
The players are veterans of a Northwest Florida State College team that made it to the second round of the NJCAA tournament after a fourth-in-a-row Panhandle Conference Championship and a 27-3 season.
Here’s what we know so far!
Last-Tear Pou, a sophomore guard, transferred to LSU after spending the 21-22 season with the Raiders. The Melbourne, Australia native averages 13 minutes per game on the court for the 28-2 Tigers – as well as 3.7 points, 1.3 rebounds, and .6 steals.
The Tigers’ only losses were to number one overall South Carolina and an unranked Tennessee team. The smarty-pantses over at ESPN believe that the Tigers will take on automatic qualifier Towson in the tournament’s first round.
During her time at NWFSC with the Lady Raiders, Pou’s 43.5% three-poiunt shooting percentage was the best in region eight and the 20th-best in the NJCAA.
The Australia native was the 2021 National Champion, 2021 NJCAA tournament MVP, 2021 FCSAA region eight all-tournament team, 2020-2021 All-Panhandle Conference team, and a World Exposure Report All-American (Third Team).
One of the most exciting players at Northwest Florida State College over the last couple of years, Redshirt Senior Rayven Peeples has the most court time of the NWFSC WBB alums, with about 29.2 minutes per game. ESPN dubs Peeples’ St. John’s team one of the ‘last four teams in.’ There are no guarantees St. John’s will make the tournament at all.
Peeples has played well for the Red Storm, who’s compiled a 22-8 record in the Big East Conference. The New York City area team has been helped by the Detroit native’s 5.5 points, 8,8 rebounds, 1.3 assists, and .8 steals per game.
If the roundball prognosticators are correct, St. John’s would see West Virginia in the 12-seed play-in game.
Peeples, a 6-3 forward, was named an NJCAA All-American during her time at NWFSC. She averaged 14 points per game in her campaign, ’19-’20, with the raiders.
Ndour and the Illini have fought through a tough Big Ten conference to a fifth-place finish, which the sports gurus think will give them the right to a nine-seed in the tournament.
Ndour has not played in a starter’s role this season, and the Center has seen the floor for a little under five minutes per game – though she has played in most of the games during this season’s campaign.
While at NWFSC, the Senegal native and Rutgers transfer did not see many minutes on the court.