Lady Hawks Lose in NEAC Basketball Final

Release Date:
March 1, 2004
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March 1, 2004

KEUKA PARK, N.Y. - The #1 seed Keuka College Storm captured the 2003-04 North Eastern Athletic Conference women's basketball tournament Sunday with a 65-53 win over the #3 seed Hilbert College Hawks.

Rachael Everson scored 16 points and had 11 rebounds, while tournament MVP Lindsay Baker added 15 points and 10 rebounds for the winners who held a 30-17 lead at the half.

Hilbert received 11 points from Amy Anderson (West Seneca West/West Seneca, NY) while Amanda Smolarek (Villa Maria/Lancaster, NY) added 11 points and a game high 15 rebounds to lead the Hawks. 

The Hawks reached the championship game with a 57-50 win Saturday over #2 seed Medaille College. Denee Hillebert (Pine Valley/South Dayton, NY) scored 20 points, including three three-pointers, and had seven rebounds to lead the Hawks. Anderson and Smolarek combined for 18 points and 16 rebounds to help the Hawks cause.

Hilbert finishes the 2003-04 season at a school best 11-15 under second-year head coach Andrea Agnello. The appearance in Sunday's championship game was a first for Hawks who will look forward to the return of 13 players as Hilbert moves into the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference in 2004-05.

Hilbert College, located in suburban Hamburg, N.Y., south of Buffalo, is a private four-year college founded in 1957 in the Catholic Franciscan tradition. With nearly 1,100 students, Hilbert is a dynamic Western New York college that offers career-focused majors, including one of the top criminal justice programs in the region, and more than 50 minors and concentrations. The college’s engaging, student-centered campus community offers numerous leadership, internship, and service learning opportunities from which students launch successful careers while making positive changes in their communities. The Hilbert Blueprint promotes a well-rounded student experience over four years – starting with the Foundations Seminar in the freshman year, followed by Sophomore Service, Junior Symposium, and culminating with the Senior Capstone. Hilbert has expanded its academic offerings with the college’s first graduate programs and new Accelerated Degree Programs geared to adult learners.