For the second time in three years, the Monroe College Lady Mustangs are the NJCAA, Division III women's basketball champions. On Saturday evening, the #1-seeded Lady Mustangs defeated the #2 seed, tournament host Mohawk Valley Community College (Utica, NY), 79-48 to win the title.
To qualify for the championship, Monroe, the #1 seed in the tournament, defeated #8 Holyoke CC (MA) 89-39 in the quarterfinals and #5 Brookdale CC (NJ) 82-62 in the semifinals.
Monroe won the Championship in 2006 also by defeating Mohawk Valley. This was their fifth consecutive appearance in the National Tournament and third time in the last four years that they played in the Finals.
Monroe’s championship season was marked with a number of achievements. They won their 100th consecutive conference game and ended the season with that streak at 103. They added on to their NJCAA record with 46 consecutive home wins. Also, they were 3-1 against Division I teams.
Saturday night’s championship game was a hard-fought, foul-plagued contest that was more difficult than the lopsided final score would indicate.