Separated by just 15 miles, rivals Moraine Valley Community College and South Suburban College both traveled nearly 600 miles to Harrison, Arkansas, for a chance to compete in the 2019 NJCAA Division II Women's Basketball National Tournament, and eventually found themselves matched up in the consolation bracket. The #4-seeded Cyclones and the #8-seeded Bulldogs each lost their tournament opener, and after a consolation bracket victory, squared off for a chance to play for seventh place. In the end, MVCC finished eighth in the nation and SSC was not far behind.
Moraine Valley Community College was upset by #13 Lackawanna Community College (PA) on a buzzer-beater to fall 93-92. The Cyclone recovered to defeat #5 Niagara County Community College (NY) 74-59 to set up the showdown with South Suburban. After taking down their cross-town rivals by a 78-66 final, Moraine Valley was upended in the 7th Place Game by #15 Wayne County Community College (MI), 81-68 and wrapped up a 34-3 season. Sophomore forward Julia Ruzevich was named to the All-Tournament Team after averaging 14.5 points, 11.3 rebounds, 3.5 assists, and 2.7 steals.
South Suburban College fell by a 67-55 margin against #9 Union County College (NJ), who went on to finish as the national runner-up. The Bulldogs rebounded with an 82-60 drubbing of #16 North Platte-Mid Plains Community College (NE) in their first consolation game. Their season eventually closed with the 12-point setback to Moraine Valley, giving South Suburban a final record of 29-7.