Women's Basketball

Hudson Valley Women’s Basketball Wins Opener

CONTACT: Steve Mullen (518) 629-8063
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Saturday, November 04, 2006

The Hudson Valley Community College (1-0) women’s basketball team used a stifling second half defense to defeat Dutchess Community College, 59-43, in the opening game of the Viking Club Invitational played today in Troy.

Hudson Valley limited Dutchess to just 26.6 percent (eight-of-30) shooting from the field and forced 10 turnovers in the second half that helped the Lady Vikings pull away for the win.

Freshman Jenna Hughes (Poestinkill/Averill Park High School) finished with 15 points, eight rebounds and four steals to lead Hudson Valley. Freshman Ryan Graham (Menands/Shaker High School) had 12 points and eight rebounds and sophomore Molly McGuire (Ravena/Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk High School) added 11 points and eight boards. Freshman Jackie Carraway (Troy/Lansinburgh High School) contributed nine points, seven boards and six steals.

Jena Belluzzi (East Fishkill/John Jay High School) had 16 points to pace Dutchess (0-1).

Hudson Valley will meet Schenectady County Community College in the championship game at 2 p.m. on Sunday, November 5.


Dutchess (43): Amanda Bloodgood 1-0-2, Jena Beluzzi 5-2-16, Ashley Johnson 2-1-5, Dena McKinney 4-0-8, Sharabia Campbell 2-2-6, Jen Rothkranz 2-0-4, Kelly Zukowski 1-1-3, Totals: 17-6-43.

Hudson Valley (59): Jackie Carraway 2-5-9, Ryan Graham 4-4-12, Jenna Hughes 6-2-15, Molly McGuire 5-1-11, Erika Russo 3-0-7, Jenna Smith 2-0-5, Totals: 22-12-59.

Three-point goals: Dutchess 3 (Belluzzi 3); Hudson Valley 3 (Russo, Smith, Hughes)

Halftime: Hudson Valley led 27-23