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.