For a fifth consecutive season, the Hostos Community College women's basketball team is CUNYAC Champions, defeating Bronx, 86-40, on Friday night to win the 2022 CUNYAC/HSS Community College Women's Basketball Championship.
The nationally ranked No. 10 Caimans turned in a strong performance on the campus of BMCC, hoisting the championship trophy for a conference-record ninth time in program history. Hostos is now one of two schools to win five consecutive championships in league history, accomplishing the feat for the first time since BMCC (1998-2003).
The defending conference champions only trailed for the first thirty seconds of the contest. The Caimans scored 13 straight points to take control of the quarter and ultimately the game.
Shaina Lewis, the 2022 CUNYAC Player of the Year, led the way for Hostos. She fell a steal shy of a triple-double, recording 17 points, 12 rebounds (five offensive), nine steals and five assists. For her efforts, the Brooklyn native was named the championship's Most Valuable Player.
"First off, I have to say thank you to my teammates and my Coach for putting this team together," Lewis said. "We worked hard, we stuck together and played good defense," she added.
Savannah Williams, the 2022 CUNYAC Rookie of the Year, added 15 points, seven boards, five assists and three steals for the Caimans. All five starters for the Caimans scored in double figures in the contest.
"We still have a lot of work to do. Consistency is key, we take it one day at a time, we have to play hard because defense wins championships," CUNYAC Coach of the Year, Dwight Shaw said.

Bronx, appearing in the CUNYAC finals for the first time since 2016, just couldn't keep pace with the run-and-gun offense of Hostos. CUNYAC All-Star Shawnasia Ofaire scored 16 points for the Broncos, adding nine boards, three assists and three steals to close out the night.
Following the contest, the CUNY Athletic Conference recognized the 2021-22 Community College Women's Basketball All-Star Team globally on Facebook Live.
Following the women's game, the Hostos men took care of business against Queensborough, defeating the Tigers, 76-63, to capture its second straight CUNYAC title. It's the second consecutive season and sixth time in CUNYAC history that programs on the men's and women's side from the same school won the league title. Friday was the fourth time both Hostos squads won the championship in the same season.
Hostos will now turn its attention to the NJCAA Division III Region XV Tournament, where the Caimans look to win its fifth consecutive regional championship.
2022 CUNYAC Community College Women's Basketball Championship MVP
Shaina Lewis, Hostos

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