The Genesee Women’s Basketball team won the 2010-11 NJCAA Region III Division II Tournament Sunday with an 83-65 victory over Mercyhurst NE. The win propels the Lady Cougars to the 2010-11 NJCAA Division II National Tournament hosted by Illinois Central College, March 15-19, 2011, in East Peoria, Illinois.
Leading the way for the Lady Cougars was Tournament MVP freshman Kayla Golden (Lackawanna, NY) who was one assist shy of a triple double in the championship game. Golden had 24 points, 11 rebounds, and nine assist; which led the team in each category. Sophomore De’Vara Burrell (Rochester, NY) was close behind with her own double-double, registering 20 points and 11 rebounds.
Fellow Lady Cougars joining Golden on the All-Tournament team were sophomores De' Yara Burrell (Rochester, NY) and Shakatta Brown (Rochester, NY). Alfred State's Nuri Bey and Mercyhurst's Dierica Blackwell, and Kaveeda Myers also earned All-Tournament honors.
Genesee started the game with a pressure defensive that proved to be too much for the Saints as they took a 16 point lead at halftime (39-23). The Lady Cougars kept the pressure up in the second half, ensuring the victory and improving them to 18-10 on the season.
Be sure to check the Cougar Athletics website for more information on the national tournament as it becomes available.