BETHLEHEM, Pa. (Mar. 14, 2019)
- The No. 1 ranked and top-seeded Hostos Community College women's basketball team got off on the right foot Thursday at the 2019 NJCAA Division III National Championship, defeating No. 8 seed Anne Arundel Community College, 91-37, in a quarterfinal tilt at the Arthur L. Scott Center at Northampton Community College in Bethlehem.
"We did what we were supposed to do. We played an up-tempo game. We came out and stopped them defensively, and because of that, we were able to tire them out, stick to the game plan and come out victorious," said Hostos Head Coach DeVernie Winston
"I thought it (the game) went well. I just felt like we needed to convert more. Other than that, I thought our offense and defense played great," quoted Caimans' sophomore guard Skydajah Patterson
. "I am proud of the way we played today."
The Caimans made 10-of-23 (43.5 percent) attempts from three-point land in the contest. Patterson
and sophomore guard Ellease Billings
combined for a 9-for-15 showing from downtown. Patterson finished with a game-high 27 points on 10-of-20 shooting, while Billings scored 18 points in 29 minutes off the bench.
Hostos jumped out to a 23-9 lead after one quarter of play, and outscored Anne Arundel 23-8 in the second quarter to take a commanding 46-15 lead into halftime. The Caimans didn't look back from there.
Sophomore forward Kayla Wilson
posted a double-double (19 points, 17 rebounds) in the effort. Sophomore forward Desiree Tolbert
and freshman center Apilyn Bonny
had 10 points apiece. Tolbert also crashed the glass for 15 rebounds. Sophomore guard Regine Blakney
dished out nine assists.
Hostos limited Anne Arundel to just 21.9 percent (14-of-64) shooting from the floor and forced 25 turnovers. The Caimans also out-rebounded the Riverhawks by a 2-to-1 margin (72-36).
With the win, the Caimans will face fifth-seeded Western Technical College on Friday (Mar. 15) in a national semifinal at the Arthur L. Scott Center at Northampton Community College. Tip-off is scheduled for a 5 p.m. A live broadcast of the game will be available on the NJCAA's website by clicking here