March Madness Hits Hostos Date: March 7, 2017 Time: 9:34 AM March Madness reached a whole new level when the women’s basketball team won its 25th straight game, after beating Borough of Manhattan Community College, 69-52, in the NJCAA Region XV title game on March 5. The victory earned the women’s team the first regional title in school history. Next, the team prepares to win its first national title in program history at the NJCAA Tournament (March 16-18) at Mohawk Valley Community College in Utica, NY, at Jorgensen Athletic & Events Center. This all came after the Caimans cruised to their first CUNYAC Championship since 2007 on February 17. Hostos Athletic Director Krishna Dass said this squad has lifted the program into rare air. “We are so proud of what these student-athletes have accomplished, on and off the basketball court,” Dass said. “They have elevated the program to new heights, and I commend them for their hard work and dedication". Destini Green It has been quite a ride, as star guard Destini Green (No. 23) earned Region XV Tournament MVP, as she scored a combined 38 points and 18 assists in the two games. Green also won Region XV and CUNY Athletic Conference (CUNYAC) "Player of the Year" awards, as she is primed to lead her team to the NJCAA as an "All-American" candidate. Fellow guard Corina Coles (No. 1) also received a Region XV All-Tournament Award. Head Coach DeVernie Winston said Green has an exceptionally high basketball IQ, which allows her to get her teammates involved in the offense. Freshman guard Cashmir Fulcher (No. 3) is also having an outstanding season, earning CUNYAC "Rookie of the Year", CUNYAC Tournament "Most Valuable Player," and a Region XV "Second Team” award. Winston called Fulcher an “impact player who commands significant attention from the opposing team.” Fulcher was also credited with opening up the Caiman’s offense and allowing everyone on the team to get involved on both ends of the floor. Every Caiman has embraced their role. This is a testament to the coaching staff and its ability to successfully manage the team. This commitment to excellence was also recognized as Winston won Coach of the Year awards from the CUNYAC and Region XV. What: NJCAA D-III Tournament Where: Mohawk Valley Community College in Utica, NY (Jorgensen Athletic & Events Center) When: March 16-18 (times TBA) Tickets: Available at the gate 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.