Women's Basketball

Victory Moves Hudson Valley To 12-0

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FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Saturday, December 9, 2000

Lady Vikings Finish First Half Of Season With 63-56 Win Against Jefferson

    Troy, December 9 - The first 11 games of 2000-01 have ended with Hudson Valley Community College's women's basketball team in the lead. Why not number 12?

    In what is quickly becoming classic Hudson Valley fashion, the Lady Vikings used a strong run to put away a scrappy Jefferson Community College squad this afternoon. Hudson Valley went on a 12-0 tear over a four-and-a-half-minute stretch that began with nine minutes left in the second half. The Lady Vikings recorded a 63-56 home victory at Troy's McDonough Complex.

    Hudson Valley, who never trailed in the Mountain Valley Conference matchup, is now a perfect 12-0. Jefferson is 6-5.

    "When you're undefeated, everybody's going to play you hard," said Colleen Ferris, Hudson Valley's second-year head coach. "It's funny, my biggest concerns right now aren't necessarily the top teams. It's teams like Jefferson, teams that are just over .500, because they've got nothing to lose."

    The Lady Vikings held a 29-23 halftime lead against Jefferson, but the Lady Cannoneers made it interesting, closing to within four points with nine minutes left in the game. Hudson Valley point guard Megan Davis (Greenwich) and center Meghan Squires (Hoosic Valley) made sure Jefferson got no closer.

    Davis scored seven of her nine points in the next 4:30 and Squires scored five of her nine points in that stretch, putting Hudson Valley ahead 55-39.  

    "They don't like to lose," Ferris said of her players. "And anybody can contribute on any given night. If somebody's having an off night, I know somebody else will pick it up."  

    Three Lady Vikings reached double figures against Jefferson: Kara Sheehan (Catholic Central) and Lindsey Bradt (Bishop Maginn) each had 14 points, and Nicole Cotugno (Rensselaer) contributed 10 points. Bradt also had 10 rebounds and five assists. Squires had nine rebounds, five steals and three blocks.
    In addition to her nine points, Davis had six assists.
    Due to a winter break, Hudson Valley does not play again until January 13, when they travel to Herkimer Community College.
    "I knew we had the potential to do something like this," said Ferris of her team's fast start. "I knew we had the talent, but I didn't know the team chemistry would be this good. I knew we'd do well, but 12-0? Who could've known? But we've learned how to win. And along with an undefeated record comes confidence."


     Davis 4-0-9, Boyce 2-3-7, Kara Sheehan 7-0-14, Lindsey Bradt 6-1-14, Squires 4-1-9, Nicole Cotugno 3-3-10. Totals 26-8-63.
     Baldino 4-1-9, Stinson 1-1-4, Carvill 3-1-7, Sara Astafan 5-0-14, Pacelli 3-0-6, Aubertine 1-0-2, Santos 1-0-2, Mandy Marshall 6-0-12. Totals 24-3-56.
Halftime: Hudson Valley, 29-23.
Three-point field goals: Hudson Valley – Davis 1, Bradt 1, Cotugno 1. Jefferson – Astafan 4, Stinson 1.

    Hudson Valley Community College, located in Troy, offers more than 50 degree and certificate programs in four academic divisions; Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Liberal Arts and Sciences. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, Hudson Valley has an enrollment of more than 9,000 students each year, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and worker retraining.