Women's Basketball

Lady Vikings To Celebrate National Girls And Women In Sports Day

CONTACT: Jeff Foley (518) 629-8085 or (518) 373-1262
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Wednesday, January 17, 2001

What young female basketball player wouldn't want a behind-the-scenes look at one of the top collegiate women's hoop programs in the United States? Well, Hudson Valley Community College's undefeated squad, ranked first in the nation among National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division III teams, will give Capital Region girls an up-close-and-personal look at the world of college basketball on February 6.

The Lady Vikings will celebrate National Girls and Women in Sports Day beginning at 6 p.m., when they host to Mountain Valley Conference rival SUNY Morrisville. The activities on tap include a game between two Capital Region middle school teams (the squads will play at halftime of the Hudson Valley-Morrisville contest) and a wind suit raffle. Area teams will be admitted free of charge and T-shirts will be given away for every 15 points Hudson Valley scores.

Celebrating its 15th anniversary, National Girls and Women in Sports Day was established to bring national attention to the achievements of female athletes, as well as the change and issues they face in sports. The Day is a nationwide event with events taking place in all 50 states and internationally. The theme this year is: "No Stopping Us Now."

That theme is appropriate for a celebration with Hudson Valley's women's basketball team at the heart. After a 7-18 campaign in 1999 – head coach Colleen Ferris accepted the job just a month before the start of the season and had no time to recruit players – Hudson Valley is off the second-best start in school history, winning 13 games without a loss so far. Kara Sheehan (Catholic Central) and Lindsey Bradt (Bishop Maginn) lead the Lady Vikings, and eight players hail from the Capital Region.

Bradt is averaging 18.2 points, 7.3 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game. Sheehan is averaging 15.8 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.6 points. As a team, Hudson Valley is averaging 68.9 points per game and holding opponents to just 47.4 points per contest.

For more information, contact Hudson Valley women's head coach Colleen Ferris at (518) 629-7366.

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.