Hutchinson Community College’s Jada Mickens celebrates at the end of the Blue Dragons 66-50 quarterfinal win against Odessa, Texas. Photo courtesy Joe Morales, RapidShotz Photography

The Hutchinson Community College women continued their march toward their first national championship Thursday in Lubbock, Texas, rolling by No. 5 Odessa, Texas 66-50 in the NJCAA Tournament quarterfinals.

The 13th-seeded Blue Dragons improved to 33-3 and will take on No. 8 New Mexico Junior College at 4 p.m. today. The other semifinal will feature Trinity Valley, Texas and Gulf Coast State, Florida.

Defense ruled the day for the Blue Dragons, who held the Wranglers to 35 percent shooting and a woeful 3 of 22 from 3-point range.

Makayla Vannett continued her strong national tournament by scoring 18 points. Dajanae Roebuck had 14 points and six rebounds. Tia Bradshaw added 11 points.

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