The Genesee Community College's athletes of the week for the period ending March 3 are Reika Murota (Yachiyo, Japan) from the women's basketball team and Rahmel Thompson (Jamaica, NY) from the men's basketball team.
Murota led the Cougars to their most convincing WNYAC win this season with a team-high 22 points at Mercyhurst North East Feb. 28 in a game where Genesee never trailed and won by 16 points, 78-62. The 22 points were also a season-high, eclipsing her previous total of 17 against Herkimer County Community College Jan. 16. Murota shot 64 percent from the field, but her 18 points from beyond the arc were the most impressive as they came with a 66 percent shooting accuracy. In addition, she also added an assist and block in the season-finale win.
Thompson became only the 13th men's basketball player in GCC history to top 1,000 points in a career when he scored 21 points last week in the regular season finale for the Cougars. Thompson added a team high three steals in the win over Mercyhurst University - North East securing the third seed in the upcoming Region III-Division II/NJCAA District II Tournament. It was Thompson's third-consecutive 20 or more point performance where the team has seen an offensive surge by averaging 99 points during that span. For his efforts, Thompson was also named NJCAA Region-III Male Athlete of the Week.