Women's Basketball

Lady Vikings Hang Tough With DII Monroe

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FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Saturday, February 9, 2002

After Leading At Halftime, Hudson Valley Falls, 60-52

Troy, N.Y., February 9, 2002 – Monroe County Community College's women's basketball team came into Troy's McDonough Complex this afternoon as the undefeated, No. 1 Division II junior college in the nation. Other than a few early-game situations, Monroe had not trailed any opponent this season.

Hudson Valley Community College, ranked No. 5 in the country among NJCAA Division III schools (as a Division II school, Monroe offers athletic scholarships; Hudson Valley does not), was not intimidated. In fact, the Lady Vikings led Monroe, 28-27, at halftime – this marked the first time in 2001-02 that Monroe trailed after 20 minutes of play – and Hudson Valley held a three-point advantage with less than four minutes remaining in the game.

Monroe, whose roster features three players standing 6-foot or taller, rallied to win, though, 60-52. Monroe is now 26-0. The Lady Vikings, who have won 10 of their last 11 games, are 17-4.

Hudson Valley seized a 48-47 lead when All-American Lindsey Bradt (Bishop Maginn H.S.) drilled a 3-pointer with 6:51 left in the second half. A minute later, Bradt drove the lane and put the Lady Vikings ahead, 50-49. Then, with just 3:42 remaining on the clock, center Meghan Squires (Hoosic Valley H.S.) swished a jumper, making it 52-49 in Hudson Valley's favor.

Bradt finished with a game-high 22 points. She also had seven rebounds and four assists. Squires, who had 13 points, was a force in the paint, picking up seven rebounds and eight blocks. She also contributed four assists.

The Lady Vikings return to action at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 12, when they host Adirondack County Community College. Hudson Valley also will celebrate National Girls and Women in Sports Day on Feb. 12. There will be a contest between a team of middle schoolers from Brunswick and Cohoes at halftime. 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.

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.