Hudson Valley Perseveres, Downs MVCC, 66-51
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FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Saturday, March 2, 2002
Utica, N.Y., March 2 – Perseverance was the word of the day for Hudson
Valley Community College's women's basketball team this afternoon in their
NJCAA Division III Region III semifinal matchup with host school Mohawk
Valley Community College. Playing in No 3 seed Mohawk Valley's hostile gym,
the No. 2 Lady Vikings stuck to their patient game plan and scored a 66-51
victory to advance to the Region III tournament's championship game against
Fulton-Montgomery Community College, the tourney's top-seeded team.
After falling three times to Mohawk Valley in 2000-01, including a season-
ending loss in last year's Region III tourney, Hudson Valley (25-4) has now
defeated the Lady Hawks (25-6) all three times this season.
"We had some unfinished business to take care of," said All-American
Lindsey Bradt (Bishop Maginn H.S.), who scored a game-high 20 points. "It
was tough losing to them last year in the tournament, so this was a big
game. But we've got a huge game against Fulton-Montgomery tomorrow. This is
a confidence booster."
With 3:23 remaining in the first half, Hudson Valley trailed the Lady
Hawks, 19-17. That's when Bradt caught fire. First the Region III Player of
the Year nailed a 3-pointer to give the Lady Vikings a one-point lead. Then
she scored Hudson Valley's next five points, fueling an 8-3 run to close
out the half. The Lady Vikings went into the locker room with a 25-22 lead.
The Lady Vikings, ranked No. 5 in the nation among Division III junior
colleges, would never trail again. Despite Mohawk Valley's increasingly
physical approach, and a clear height advantage, Hudson Valley outscored
the Lady Hawks, 41-29, in the second half.
"This is why we have 6 a.m. practices, this is why we play hard in
preseason, why we do pyramids," said Hudson Valley coach Colleen Ferris, co-
Region III Coach of the Year. "So we can win these games."
"At halftime we talked about taking care of the ball and keeping up our
intensity," Bradt said. "Our intensity and our will to win, that's what got
us through today."
In addition to her 20 points, Bradt had 10 rebounds and three assists.
Meghan Squires (Hoosic Valley H.S.) contributed 12 points and seven
rebounds. Point guard Meg Davis (Greenwich H.S.) had a solid all-around
game, tallying nine points, nine rebounds and nine assists. Carolyn Keeler
(Cohoes H.S.) and Tanya DeLaMater (Tamarac H.S.) had nine points each.
"We were consistent and we were mentally tough," Ferris said. "We
The Lady Vikings will tackle Fulton-Montgomery (30-2) at 1 p.m. Sunday, at
Mohawk Valley. The two teams have met twice this year, with each team
winning once. The winner of Sunday's game advances to the NJCAA Division
III national championship tournament.