Hostos women’s basketball team,Caimans, wrapped up its historic season this weekend, finishing 5th in the nation at the National Junior College Athletic Association Tournament.
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The Hostos women’s basketball team wrapped up its historic season this weekend, finishing 5th in the nation at the National Junior College Athletic Association Tournament.

Winning two of three games during their first appearance at nationals was just one of many highlights the team enjoyed during the 2016-17 campaign. To get to the big tourney, the Caimans had to beat Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC) on March 5, which was the program’s first regional title in school history.

This all came after the Caimans cruised to their first CUNYAC Championship since 2007 on February 17 by again beating BMCC.
Hostos basketball player Corina Coles
Corina Coles
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Along the way, guard Destini Green (No. 23) earned Region XV Tournament MVP, as well as Region XV and CUNYAC Player of the Year awards. Fellow guard Corina Coles (No. 1) also received a Region XV All-Tournament Award. Freshman guard Cashmir Fulcher (No. 3) also had a tremendous season, earning CUNYAC Rookie of the Year, CUNYAC Tournament Most Valuable Player, and a Region XV Second Team award.

The team’s commitment to excellence was also recognized as Head Coach DeVernie Winston won CUNYAC and Region XV Coach of the Year awards.

The squad also threw in a 25-game winning streak for good measure.

“Playing in the national tournament, and winning two out of three games, was an amazing finish to an already amazing season,” Winston said. “Finishing 31-4, capturing the CUNYAC and Region 15 championship, having a conference rookie and player of the year, plus a regional player of the year, and an All-American are amazing accomplishments for our student-athletes. I am extremely proud of our team and look forward to continue to build on this success. With the all of the support from the faculty, staff and rest of the Hostos community, we will continue to represent our college at the highest level possible.”

Hostos women's basketball team, Caimans.

Athletics Director Krishna Dass said it was a thrill watching the team make history.

“Placing 5th in the nation is a tremendous feat, especially since we were able to capture two victories against top 10 teams on the national stage,” Dass said. “This lays a solid foundation for the Caimans to build on and we look forward to another national run in 2018.”

About Hostos Community College
Eugenio María de Hostos Community College is an educational agent for change that has been transforming and improving the quality of life in the South Bronx and neighboring communities for nearly half a century. Since 1968, Hostos has been a gateway to intellectual growth and socioeconomic mobility, as well as a point of departure for lifelong learning, success in professional careers, and transfer to advanced higher education programs.

Hostos offers 28 associate degree programs and two certificate programs that facilitate easy transfer to The City University of New York’s (CUNY) four-year colleges or baccalaureate studies at other institutions. The College has an award-winning Division of Continuing Education & Workforce Development that offers professional development courses and certificate-bearing workforce training programs. Hostos is part of CUNY, the nation’s leading urban public university, which serves more than 500,000 students at 24 colleges.