The No 1 seeded Lady Cougars defeated Jamestown CC (67-55) on Sunday March 2, 2008 to capture the Region III title. Genesee defeated Mercyhurst NE (60-52) the night before to advance to the championship.
Semi-Final - Genesee 60 – Mercyhurst NE 52
Cynnetha Bellinger (Binghamton, NY) led the team to victory over Mercyhurst NE on Saturday March 1, 2008. Freshman point guard, Bellinger, dished out six assists, scored 13 points, and collected two steals. Chatanie Williams (Rochester, NY) recorded a double-double on the night with 12 points and ten rebounds. Latoya Anderson (Bronx, NY) netted 11 points and Kate Stresing (Elba, NY) added eight points, five rebounds, and two steals.
Final - Genesee 67 – Jamestown 55
Tournament MVP, Williams, had a big game for Lady Cougars as they captured Region III title for the second year in a row. She recorded her second double-double on the weekend with 17 points and ten rebounds and collected five steals. All-Tournament Team member, Erica Austin (Utica, NY), and Quiana Holman (Bronx, NY) combined for nine of the team’s eleven three pointers with Austin netting five of those for 15 points. Brittany McCray (Lyons, NY) was the team’s second All-Tournament Team member for Genesee recording a double-double, ten points and 13 rebounds, along with dishing out six assists.
The team shot an impressive 47.2% from the field and 55.0% from behind the arc. Genesee also out-rebounded Jamestown CC 39-23.
Region III recognized the following Lady Cougars:
First Team – Latoya Anderson and Brittany McCray
Second Team – Ariel Smith
Honorable Mention – Quiana Holman
With the Region III title, the Lady Cougars advance to the national championships hosted by Illinois Central College (East Peoria, IL) from March 19 – 22.