Women's Basketball

Hudson Valley Women’s Basketball Wins Opener

CONTACT: Steve Mullen (518) 629-8063
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Saturday, November 3, 2007

The Hudson Valley Community College (1-0) women’s basketball team opened its season with a 67-26 win over Dutchess Community College (0-1) in the first round of the Second Annual Viking Club Invitational in Troy.

Four players finished in double-figures scoring for the Lady Vikings, who raced out to a 36-12 halftime lead. A pair of freshman forwards controlled the inside the entire game for Hudson Valley. Amber Batzold (Albany/Columbia High School) had 14 points, eight rebounds and four assists. Rachel Dooley (Grafton/Berlin High School) finished with 13 points and 14 rebounds.

The Lady Vikings also hit five three-point shots, including two apiece by sophomores Erika Russo (Salem/Salem High School) and Jenna Smith (Cohoes/Cohoes High School). Russo finished the game with 11 points and Smith added 10 points.

Hudson Valley will meet Broome Community College in the championship game 2 p.m. on Sunday, November 4.


Dutchess (26): Jennifer Rothkranz 3-1-8, Kara Straley 2-0-5, Tiffany Brown 1-1-4, Darlene Harrington 2-3-8, Melissa Zallo 0-1-1, Totals: 8-6-26.

Hudson Valley (67): Jean Gijanto 2-0-4, Rachel Dooley 6-1-13, Char-Lee Frament 1-0-2, Erika Russo 3-3-11, Jenna Smith 4-0-10, Meghan McNeff 1-0-3, Amber Batzold 5-4-14, Katie Wilday 1-1-3, Meagan Medici 1-0-2, Christine Martin 1-3-5, Totals: 25-12-67.

Three-point goals: Dutchess 4 (Rothkranz, Straley, Brown, Harrington); Hudson Valley 5 (Russo 2, Smith 2, McNeff).

Halftime: Hudson Valley led 36-12.