Women's Basketball

Lady Vikings To Celebrate National "Girls And Women In Sports Day"

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

FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Tuesday, February 5, 2002

Hudson Valley Community College's nationally ranked women's basketball team will give Capital Region girls an up-close-and-personal look at the world of college hoops on Feb. 12. Beginning at 3 p.m., the Lady Vikings, ranked No. 5 in the nation among Division III junior colleges, will celebrate National Girls and Women in Sports Day.

At 5 p.m., Hudson Valley will take on Adirondack Community College, and there will be a contest between a team of middle schoolers from Brunswick and Cohoes at halftime. Also, a pizza party for Hudson Valley's players and National Girls and Women in Sports Day attendees will follow the Hudson Valley-Adirondack game.

Additionally, there will be a wind suit raffle, and Hudson Valley T-shirts will be tossed into the crowd after Hudson Valley 3-pointers and fast breaks.

National Girls and Women in Sports Day was established to bring national attention to the achievements of female athletes, as well as the change and issues they face in sports. The day, which is officially Feb. 6, is a nationwide celebration, with events scheduled to take place in all 50 states and internationally. The theme this year is: "Celebrating 30 Years of Title IX!"

For more information or to participate, contact Colleen Ferris at (518) 629-7366.

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.