Women's Basketball

Lady Vikings Ready For National Tourney

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

FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Tuesday, March 12, 2002

Hudson Valley Community College's national championship tournament experience officially kicks off at 3 p.m. on Thursday, March 14. Playing at Corning Community College, Hudson Valley's women's basketball team, winners of the NJCAA Division III Region III title, will take on Passaic County Community College (New Jersey) in the opening round of the three-day, eight-team NJCAA Division III championship tournament.

Hudson Valley (26-4) is seeded No. 4 in the tournament and the Lady Vikings are ranked fifth in the country among Division III junior colleges. Only the top four teams are seeded for the national championship, and each seeded team begins the tourney against an unseeded team. Passaic (28-4), an unseeded squad, is ranked seventh in the nation.

The winner of the Hudson Valley-Passaic game advances to a winner's bracket contest (Friday at 6 p.m.) against the winner of a Thursday game between No. 1 seed College of DuPage (Illinois) and Ridgewater College (Minnesota). The loser of the Hudson Valley-Passaic game will play a 1 p.m. loser's bracket game on Friday, against the loser of the DuPage-Ridgewater game.

The tourney's championship game will be played at 8 p.m. on Saturday, and it will be preceded by three consolation contests. To make it to the championship contest, Hudson Valley needs to win its Thursday and Friday games. The Lady Vikings will play all three days, though, regardless of how they fare each day.

Hudson Valley last appeared in the national championship tourney in 1993, when it won the national title. This time around, Hudson Valley is led by two-time Region III Player of the Year and All-American Lindsey Bradt (Bishop Maginn), who is averaging 20.4 points, 8.1 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game.

The Lady Vikings leave for Corning on Wednesday, March 13. They will depart from Hudson Valley.