Women's Basketball

Lady Vikings Jump To No. 5

CONTACT: Jeff Foley (518) 629-8085 or (518) 210-4161

FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Friday, February 1, 2002

Hudson Valley Community College's women's basketball team climbed two spots in the most recent NJCAA Division III poll, which was released today. The Lady Vikings are now ranked No. 5 in the nation among Division III junior colleges, the highest they've been ranked this season (Hudson Valley was ranked No. 6 in the first 2001-02 regular-season poll).

College of DuPage, located in Illinois, is ranked first in the poll, which encompasses approximately 80 two-year, non-scholarship-offering colleges across the country.

Hudson Valley (16-3) competes in Region III, and there are only two other NJCAA Division III Region III teams among the top 10: Fulton-Montgomery Community College (21-0) is No. 3; and Mohawk Valley Community College (18-3) is No. 7. The Lady Vikings defeated Mohawk Valley, 65-55, on Jan. 26, and they host Fulton-Montgomery at 7 p.m. on Feb. 19. That game will be Hudson Valley's regular-season finale.

Hudson Valley is led by second-year guard/forward Lindsey Brady (Bishop Maginn), a 2000-01 First Team All-American and the Lady Vikings' all-time leading scorer. Bradt is averaging 20.8 points, 8.3 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game this season. She tops Hudson Valley with 61 steals, and she is shooting 61.5 percent from the field.

In the 2000-01 academic year, Hudson Valley's athletic teams combined to win 72 percent of their contests. The ice hockey team won the NJCAA championship, the baseball team earned a berth in the NJCAA World Series and the football team won the Region III title. The women's basketball team earned a No. 1 national ranking and turned in a 24-3 record while the men's hoop squad competed in the Region III championship game. Additionally, two Vikings earned Region III Player-of-the-Year status, 20 were named All-Region III performers, and 10 were honored with All-American status.