Utica, NY – West Georgia Tech fought hard but fell to No. 6 Hostos (NY) 77-64 here Saturday in the fifth-place game of the NJCAA National Women's Division 3 Basketball Championships.
Hostos (32-4) opened quickly, leading by as many as nine points early, but the Golden Knights battled back, trailing 17-16 after the opening period.
Jordan Davis kept WGTC in the game early, scoring 14 in the opening half, which ended with Hostos clinging to a 37-34 lead. The third period proved to be the difference, with the Caimans outscoring WGTC 18-11 to take 55-44 into the final period.
As expected, the Golden Knights battled back, cutting the lead to six with 6:50 remaining, but Hostos' depth and size took its toll. The Caimans came into the contest holding opponents to just 35.6 ppg. WGTC scored 34 in the first half alone.
Faith Swint, playing her final game for the Golden Knights, led the way with 16 points, followed by Davis' 14. Hostos limited sophomore Anna Watkins to just six, well below her team-leading average of 19.
What a ride it has been for the Golden Knights, who close the season 9-18.
After completing the regular season with a 7-16 record, WGTC stunned No. 4 Montgomery College (Md) 81-70 to claim the NJCAA District G Championship and advance to the National Finals for the third time in 4 years.
After an 18-hour bus ride – sometimes in near blizzard conditions – WGTC had to face No. 5 Mohawk Valley in the opener. After falling 77-55, Coach Alford Williams' club got off the deck to knock off Brookdale (NJ) 61-46.
Last year's team placed fourth in the country, and the 2013-14 team finished seventh at the national tournament.