Women's Basketball

Lady Vikings Get Valentine's Day Present, Jump To No. 4 In National Poll

CONTACT: Jeff Foley (518) 629-8085 or (518) 373-1262
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Wednesday, February 14, 2001

Meagan Squires Named Region III Athlete of the Week;
Hudson Valley To Host No. 7 Team At 1 p.m. Saturday

In a coach's poll released yesterday, Hudson Valley Community College's women's basketball team jumped two spots in the national rankings. The Lady Vikings (22-1) are currently ranked fourth in the country among NJCAA Division III teams. Also, according to the latest Region report, which includes more than 30 junior colleges from across the Northeast, they are ranked second among NJCAA Division III Region III squads.

First-year forward Meagan Squires (Hoosic Valley) was named Female Athlete of the Week on the Region report released yesterday. The 6-foot student-athlete, whose sister, Christy, played for Hudson Valley's 1992-93 national championship hoop team, was honored for her February 6 efforts against SUNY Morrisville. En route to a 63-30 Mountain Valley Conference victory, Squires recorded Hudson Valley's first triple-double of the season. She picked up 15 points, 10 rebounds and 10 blocks. She also recorded five steals.

Squires, Hoosic Valley's all-time leader in rebounds and shots blocked, is the 13th ranked free shooter in the country, hitting 77.6 percent of her foul shots.

Freshman guard/forward Lindsey Bradt (Bishop Maginn) and second-year guard/forward Kara Sheehan (Catholic Central) also can be found on the national leader board.

Bradt, a former Big 10 First Team All-Star, is the nation's ninth leading scorer (18.2 points per game). She's the sixth best free throw shooter (86.0 percent) and she's ranked 20th in field goal percentage (56.2). Bradt scored a career-high 31 points in a February 13 victory against Adirondack Community College.

Sheehan, meanwhile, is ranked 19th in scoring, contributing 15.9 points per game. A Second Team All-Mountain Valley Conference selection as a freshman, Sheehan is ranked 24th in field goal percentage (52.4).

The Lady Vikings are outscoring opponents by an average of 20 points per game this season. In a battle of junior college heavyweights, Hudson Valley hosts Mohawk Valley Community College at 1 p.m. on Saturday, February 17. Mohawk Valley (18-4) is ranked seventh in the nation.

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.