Women's Basketball

Two Hudson Valley Cagers Moving On

Murphy and Clapper Extend Playing Time

A pair of former Hudson Valley Community College women's basketball players will continue their hoop careers at four-year colleges this upcoming school year. Jessica Murphy of Cohoes, a Doane Stuart graduate, will play guard for Cedar Crest College of Allentown, Penn.; Amanda Clapper of Castleton, a Maple Hill grad, will play forward for Wentworth College of Boston, Mass.

Both women were recruited by the Division III colleges. Cedar Crest plays in the Pennsylvania Athletic Conference, Wentworth in the Commonwealth Coast Conference.

"They'll be missed," said Colleen Ferris, who recently completed her debut campaign as head coach at Hudson Valley. "Jessica and Amanda did a lot to make my first year a little less stressful."

The Vikings finished the 1999-2000 season with seven wins and came on strong, winning three out of four games late in the season.

Murphy, Hudson Valley's captain in 1999-2000, was the second-leading scorer. She averaged 11.2 points and 4.5 rebounds per game. The 5-foot-5 guard also shot 31 percent from beyond the three-point arc, and added 56 assists and 26 steals on the year. An Individual Studies major at Hudson Valley – she recently graduated with a 3.1 grade point average – Murphy will study nutrition at Cedar Crest.

"I think Jessica can help Cedar Crest right away," Ferris said. "She's got a great perimeter shot and she handled the ball a lot for us this year. She's good under pressure and has a great attitude."

Clapper posted the fourth-best rebounding total in Hudson Valley's history this past season. The 5-foot-9 forward average 10.7 boards per game. She also averaged 9.0 points per game and contributed 36 steals and 23 assists. Clapper will continue to study Architectural Engineering at Wentworth, having recently graduated from Hudson Valley with a 2.8 grade point average.

"Wentworth is lucky to get Amanda," Ferris said. "She's got a great nose for the ball, and she's fearless when it comes to fighting for rebounds. She knows how to come down with the ball."

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.