After winning its third CUNY AC Championship, Brooklyn College won its first NCAA Tournament game Credit: Brooklyn College Athletics

After missing the entire 2020-’21 academic year due to the pandemic, Brooklyn College women’s basketball returned to the hardwood motivated and determined. What resulted was a 22–4 overall record that included going 12–0 in CUNY AC play. Winning the CUNY AC title and making its third trip to the NCAA Division III Tournament, the Bulldogs came away with their first-ever Tournament win, defeating Emmanuel College in the first round.

“Obviously, every team we’ve gone with our goal was to win and to move on,” said head coach Alex Lang, who surpassed 300 career wins this season and now has a total of 321 wins. “We watched Emmanuel on video and we didn’t see many weaknesses to their game. We knew it was going to take a really good effort. Our players stepped up big time. We played as close to a perfect game as we could have.”

Throughout her career, graduate student forward Chanel Jemmott has been a standout performer. She concluded the season as the program’s all-time leading scorer with 1,697 points and leading rebounder with 1,144. The two-time CUNY AC Player of the Year and three-time conference tournament MVP will be missed by the team she helped define. She has twice been an All-American honorable mention and Lang hopes this year she will be named either first, second or third team.

During the time away from organized play, Lang said Jemmott tried to stay in the best shape possible. While all teams in the CUNY AC had to come back from time off, Lang said Jemmott had the advantage in terms of her ability and experience.

“At the end of the day, especially toward the end of our season, she knew this was going to be her last year playing and she really used that as a motivating factor to give her best,” Lang said. “We won three championships during her four seasons. There are those star players that everybody likes, respects and admires, but maybe they are somewhat about the accolades and individualism. She is a true team player.

“Her teammates love her,” he continued. “She does not separate herself from her teammates and exist on a different plane. She wants to be one of them. As much as she likes the individual accomplishments, she’s all about the team and that puts her on a great pedestal.”

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