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NSU's semi final hero Perez is Athlete of the Week

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For the first time in ten years the Lady Demons ofNorthwestern State are playing in the NCAA Women's Tournament, but theSouthland Conference Tournament championship probably would not have beenpossible without our Athlete of the Week, Janelle Perez.  Perez scored the last six points of the semifinal win over Lamar.

The Lady Demons whipped regular-season Southland co-championStephen F. Austin 62-44 Sunday afternoon in Katy, Texas, to capture theSouthland Tournament crown and an automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament, whichbegins next Saturday at 16 first-and-second round sites, including nearbyvenues in Baton Rouge, College Station and Waco.

NSU is riding a seven-game winning streak and has captured 11 ofits last 14 games. The Lady Demons knocked off top-seeded and regular-season co-championLamar 61-60 in the tournament semifinals Saturday on a Janelle Perez layup with2.4 seconds remaining.

Sunday, they had the upper hand for the final 32 minutes and ledby as many as 20 points in the final minute. Perez was on the All-TournamentTeam along with senior forward Trudy Armstead, the tournament most valuableplayer.

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