Women's Basketball

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 persevered."

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.