Genesee Community College women's team began the season with a pair of victories in its Tip-off Tournament. GCC defeated the Community College of Rhode Island in the championship game, 66-58. CCRI finished 3rd at last year's national tournament. In the first round, the Lady Cougars beat Fulton-Montgomery 62-49. Danielle Ayala, a freshman from Middletown, was named the Most Valuable Player and sophomore Stephanie Darden was named to the all-tournament team.
Balance was the key in both games as different players stepped up at different times. Tracy Wangelin paced the Lady Cougars with 13 points in the championship game. Priscilla Ramirez chipped in with 10 points, six boards and five assists, Ayala added 11 points and Latoya Anderson had eight points and eight rebounds.
On Saturday, the team jumped out to a 38-21 halftime lead and cruised to a 62-49 victory. Judishea Spence had 12 points and eight rebounds. Ayala chipped in with 11 points and Dyani Johnson added 11 points and seven rebounds. The Lady Cougars will face Lakeland Community College of Ohio on Saturday at 2:00 pm.