2019 NJCAA DIII Women's Basketball Championship March 14-16, 2019 | Arthur L. Scott Center | Bethlehem, PA

Hostos repeats as DIII women's basketball champions

For the second consecutive year, the Hostos (NY) Caimans claimed the 2019 NJCAA DIII Women's Basketball Championship after defeating Owens (OH) 73-63. The top-seeded Caimans captured the title after finishing their 2019 campaign with an overall record of 28-5

A stingy Hostos defense turned 28 turnovers into 30 points to help capture the program's second consecutive national championship

Led by Tournament MVP Skydajah Patterson (right), the Caimans led after each quarter. Patterson averaged 16.3 PPG and 9.7 RPG to finish as the tournament's top player.

At least three players reached double-figures in each game for Hostos thanks to an effective passing game where the Caimans assisted on over half of the team's made field goals during the tournament, including 15 in the title bout.

Kayla Wilson, the 2018 Tournament MVP, averaged 17.7 PPG and 13.3 RPG. As a team, the Caimans outscored their opponents by an averaged of 28.3 PPG during the three-game run to the national championship.

UConn Avery Point's Mia Brennan (right) set a pair of tournament records during a dominant tournament for the sophomore guard. Brennan's 46 points on Friday night became the new single-game standard while the Waterford, CT native totaled 110 points in the three-game series to set another record. Brennan's efforts earned a spot on the All-Tournament team.

Hostos head coach DeVernie Winston was named the Coach of the Tournament for the second consecutive year

Hostos defeated Anne Arundel in the opening round before dropping Western Tech 68-47 in the second round on Friday. The Caimans closed the year on a nine-game winning streak.

Owens reached the title game after defeating UConn Avery Point on Thursday before scoring an upset over No. 2 North Country, 54-47 in the semifinal round.

North Country finsihed as the third-place team in the tournament after defeating Western Tech (MN) 72-68 on Saturday.

Hostos and Owens went back-and-forth through the opening minutes of action at the Arthur L. Scott Center on the campus of Northampton Community College. A layup by Kayla Wilson at the 5:49 mark of the first half gave the Caimans the final lead change of the night.

Hostos led by as many as 18 late in the third quarter, but the Express made a valiant comeback in the closing minutes of the fourth. Owens closed within nine, but a late-game defensive presence from the Caimans prevailed.

Playing with just six student-athletes all year, Owens' runner-up finish is the best season in Express history. Owens completed its 2018-19 campaign with a 25-9 record. Shyah Wheeler and Taylor Works (right) were named to the All-Tournament team for their efforts.
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