Bradt Sets School Scoring Record As Lady Vikings Down Mohawk Valley, 65-55
Jeff Foley (518) 629-8085 or (518) 210-4161
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Saturday, January 26, 2002
Troy, N.Y., January 26, 2002 – This afternoon,
playing at Troy's McDonough Complex against Mohawk Valley Community College,
All-American Lindsey Bradt (Bishop Maginn H.S.) and her Hudson Valley
Community College teammates wiped away a bad memory: Mohawk Valley ended Hudson
Valley's 2000-01 campaign with a last-second shot in the playoffs. Today,
though, the Lady Vikings led 40-18 at halftime, and they never trailed en route
to a 65-55 victory.
The fact that Bradt broke Hudson Valley's record for
career points made the win just a bit sweeter for the Lady Vikings. Bradt scored
a game-high 20 points, giving her 878 career points. Pam Barth, who played for
Hudson Valley from 1985 to 1987, held the standard with 868 points.
Bradt's record-breaking basket was exactly the kind of
effort Hudson Valley fans have come to expect from her. With 2:30 remaining in
the first half, she took a pass near Mohawk Valley's basket from Megan Davis
(Greenwich H.S.). Bradt was then double-teamed, but she spun to the hoop
and, with four hands in her face, kissed the ball off the glass for two points,
giving her 869 career points.
"Lindsey Bradt has brought more than points, assists,
rebounds and steals to Hudson Valley's women's basketball program," said Colleen
Ferris, Hudson Valley's head coach. "She has brought a winning attitude that
inspires all who play with her. Lindsey is one of the most modest people when it
comes to individual accolades, and she is always happy to credit her teammates.
She is a great athlete and an even better person, and we are lucky to have her.
When it comes to basketball, Lindsey wears her heart on her sleeve, and that
passion and drive makes us a better team. We're extremely glad and fortunate
that Lindsey has found a home at Hudson Valley."
"The record is nice, but the win over Mohawk Valley is
bigger," said Bradt, a 5-foot-8 second-year guard/forward who also had 10
rebounds and six assists. "That loss to them last year kind of hurt. We've been
waiting a long time for another shot. I woke up early this morning with a knot
in my stomach. I was so excited to play Mohawk Valley. We all were."
And it showed. Hudson Valley's first two buckets came off
steals – one by Bradt and one by Meghan Squires (Hoosic Valley H.S.), who
each took the ball all the way to the hoop. Tonya Delamater (Tamarac
H.S.) then hit a trey (one of four on the game for her) to put Hudson Valley
ahead, 7-0. Delamater hit another 3-point basket about 10 minutes later to give
the Lady Vikings a 22-5 lead.
"We stuck to our game plan," Bradt said. "We played
pressure defense, and we played our game. We knew if we were in their faces,
they'd make turnovers we could capitalize on."
The pressure worked – Hudson Valley recorded 13 steals,
including four by Bradt.
"The way we played tonight, we showed the progress we've
made throughout this year," Ferris said. "For the last week-and-a-half, we've
been concentrating on, ‘Do your job.' That's what it takes to win. And that's
what happened tonight. Everybody did their job."
Hudson Valley's win was a mild upset: Mohawk Valley came
into the game as the No. 5 Division III junior college team in the nation.
Hudson Valley is ranked No. 7. The Lady Vikings are now 15-3 overall, and Mohawk
Valley is 18-3.
In addition to Bradt's 20 points, Delamater contributed 14
points. Carolyn Keeler (Cohoes H.S.) had 12 points and Squires had 10
points. Squires also pulled down 12 rebounds.
In the 2000-01 academic year, Hudson Valley's athletic
teams combined to win 72 percent of their contests. The ice hockey team won the
NJCAA championship, the baseball team earned a berth in the NJCAA World Series
and the football team won the Region III title. The women's basketball team
earned a No. 1 national ranking and turned in a 24-3 record while the men's hoop
squad competed in the Region III championship game. Additionally, two Vikings
earned Region III Player-of-the-Year status, 20 were named All-Region III
performers, and 10 were honored with All-American status.