SUNY Poly Tops Gallaudet University to Earn Third NEAC Women's Basketball Championship

SUNY Poly Tops Gallaudet University to Earn Third NEAC Women's Basketball Championship

GANSEVOORT, N.Y. – SUNY Poly took the lead early in the first quarter and never looked back as the Wildcats defeated Gallaudet University, 68-60, to win the 2019 North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) Women’s Basketball Championship Sunday at Keuka College.

The win gave SUNY Poly its third title in four years and an automatic berth into the 2019 NCAA Division III Women’s Basketball Tournament.


With the two teams tied at 4-4 early in the game, SUNY Poly’s Kiersten Leos (Camden, N.Y.) hit a three-pointer to give the Wildcats a lead they would maintain the rest of the way. Leos was named the Tournament Most Valuable Player after combining for 49 points on the weekend, including a game-high 29 points in the championship game. The Wildcats also got double-digits contributions off the bench with Jaida Washington (Elmira, N.Y.) and Rylie Smith (St. Johnsville, N.Y.) adding 13 and 12 points, respectively.

Gallaudet University battled to keep it close most of the afternoon, but the Bison were unable to overcome SUNY Poly’s attack. The Bison were led by Kendall Hudson (Blissfield, Mich.) with 22 points while Emelia Beldon (Frederick, Md.) chipped in 13 points. Senior guard Sabina Shysh (Tucson, Ariz.) had the only double-double of the afternoon with 10 points and 11 rebounds.

SUNY Poly’s next opponent will be announced on Monday during the NCAA Division III Women’s Basketball Selection Show, which will be available on at 2:30 p.m.


The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) has 12 NCAA Division III member institutions which include: Cazenovia College, College of Saint Elizabeth, Gallaudet University, Keuka College, Lancaster Bible College, Pennsylvania College of Technology, Pennsylvania State University – Abington, Pennsylvania State University – Berks, SUNY Cobleskill, Morrisville State, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, and Wells College. Associate members are: Cedar Crest College (W Swimming), D’Youville College (W Lacrosse), Hilbert College (M&W Lacrosse), Medaille College (M&W Lacrosse), Rutgers University – Camden (M Golf), and Wilson College (M Volleyball). The NEAC has partnered with the North Atlantic Conference in the sport of men’s tennis and with the Colonial State Athletic Conference in the sport of Field Hockey. For more information, please visit: