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 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.